A.Z. Kelley Elementary School

 Teamwork   in all things                


  in all things









At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Cane Ridge cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Marsha Dunn Principal

Marsha Dunn

Welcome to A. Z. Kelley Elementary School! This is the 11th year of this wonderful school! As it always is, our theme is teamwork, and in the wise words of the young poet Mattie Stepanek, "Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

In this spirit of teamwork, our focus at A. Z. Kelley is to implement the Tennessee Standards while providing rigor, relevance and relationships for our students. As expectations continue to increase, I am confident that our students will rise to the challenge. 

Please know that your child is my number one priority and concern. I have worked diligently to maintain an exemplary and talented faculty and staff to serve your children and make A. Z. Kelley Elementary the pride of Nashville.


Contact Information

5834 Pettus Road
Antioch TN 37013 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Marsha Dunn
Assistant Principal: Kirk Gilmore
Guidance Counselor: Kathy Tamble
SIT Lead: Mrs. Emily Graves
School Board Representative: Tyese Hunter



School Description

Our school is named after Reverend Alfred Zee Kelley, who
challenged the segregation of the local public schools. As a result of his important work, Nashville public schools were desegregated. A. Z. Kelley’s daughters continue to be involved in the school, and one of his great-grandchildren is even a student. Our alma mater, written by a teacher and her husband, celebrates not only his dream of equality, but also honesty, forgiveness, hard work, thankfulness and love for each other.

A.Z. Kelley offers a challenging and engaging academic program, which includes Encore for our gifted and talented students and STEM Club for our 3rd- and 4th-grade students. Last year, these students, who meet weekly to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, were awarded silver and gold status at the MNPS 2016 Project-Based Learning Expo. 

Our success at A.Z. Kelley Elementary School is a team effort, and that includes support from our families and community partners. There are many opportunities for involvement within the school. We offer parent training sessions in various languages, as well as Parent Coffees and Parent University sessions. Our All Pro Dads’ Breakfast happens once a month at school, and food is generously donated by Kroger, one of our PENCIL partners. Meanwhile, members of the Covenant Baptist Church, another PENCIL partner, serve in the Reading Clinic, and students from Marshall Middle volunteer every morning in our classrooms, office and library.

The A. Z. Kelley PTA is active and meets monthly to plan events and raise money for our current technology wish list, which includes Clear Touch boards for every classroom. The annual A. Z. Kelley Fall Festival is by far our most popular event. Food, carnival-style games, a silent auction and a school dance make this night so popular that AZK alumnae still find their way back to the school to attend it.

School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast in the Classroom
  • Morning Meeting
  • Literacy and Writing
  • Recess
  • Mathematics
  • Lunch
  • Intervention and Enrichment
  • Related Arts: Physical Education, Music, Art and Technology
  • Science and Social Studies
  • Wrap-up of Learning

School Details & Links


Tops: Short or long sleeves with a collar (polo, dress-style or turtleneck) in any solid color; must be properly buttoned and tucked inside bottoms. A. Z. Kelley T-shirts and sweatshirts may also be worn.

Bottoms: Navy blue, black or any shade of khaki; must extend below fingertips.


Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

  • Meets once a month at 3:30 p.m
  • President: Jessica Layman
  • Vice President: Natalie Hill
  • Treasurer: Tiffany Bell
  • Secretary: Melissa Gilkes
  • Contact: azkelleypta@gmail.com

Before and aftercare


  • STEM Club

  • PENCIL Partners:
  • Kroger (Nolensville Road)
  • Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church
  • Covenant Baptist Church