A.Z. Kelley Elementary School

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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

Heather Bethurum   Principal

Heather Bethurum

Welcome to A. Z. Kelley Elementary School, where we work as a team to ensure student success! I am delighted to join the A. Z. Kelley family as we enter our 12th school year! Our focus will continue to be on teamwork as we grow towards the future together. In the still wise words of the young poet Mattie Stepanek, "Unity is strength…when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."

As we continue to focus on teamwork, we will provide a learning environment where each child masters the Tennessee State Standards, thinks critically, loves to learn, and feels loved.

Your child is my priority. Everything we do here at A Z Kelley has always been, and will continue to be centered on what our students need. The staff and I commit to maintaining high standards of excellence in our own practice in order to provide the best for your family. With your support A. Z. Kelley Elementary will continue to be the pride of Nashville.

 What an exciting year awaits us!

Heather Bethurum


Contact Information

5834 Pettus Road
Antioch TN 37013 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Heather Bethurum
Assistant Principal: Hilda Smith
Dean: Melissa Harrell
Guidance Counselor: Kathy Tamble
Guidance Counselor: Monique Bearden
School Board Representative: Fran Bush



AZ Kelley Photo. students after a race

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, Technology and STEM

  • 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 6 p.m.

Before and aftercare

  • YMCA Fun Company: 615-259-3418

  • Monyette Gore – 615-430-1330

  • KinderCare: 615-833-3960

  • Antioch Community Center: 615-315-9363

  • Ultimate Family Martial Arts – 615-793-4722

Newsletter | Boletín

September 2019: English | español

  • STEM Club

  • Project LIT

  • PENCIL Partners:

  • Kroger (Nolensville Road)

  • Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church

  • Covenant Baptist Church

  • Music City Church