Dodson Elementary School

Preparing individuals for life!

Preparing individuals for life!

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • McGavock Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before or aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Tiffany Curtis   Principal

Tiffany Curtis

On behalf of our exceptional faculty and staff at Dodson Elementary, thank you for your interest in our school! We know it takes a team to help all students reach their maximum potential. Administration, faculty and staff work collaboratively to provide a safe learning environment and a strong academic program where all students can be successful. We will make every effort so that all students will graduate, become successful members of society and are able to compete in an increasingly complex world. 

We encourage parents to be active in our school community by volunteering, joining our PTO, or attending and supporting school events. Research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for the child.

We truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. Please look around our website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Also, feel free to contact any member of the Dodson team should you have questions or need additional information. Thank you for your interest in Dodson Elementary, where we are “Preparing Individuals For Life.”


Contact Information

4401 Chandler Road
Hermitage, TN 37076 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Tiffany Curtis
Assistant Principal: Carrie Mickle
Bookkeeper: Debra Parsley
Literacy Coach: Tonya Venters
Communications Coordinator: Don Breedwell
School Board Representative: Anna Shepherd




School Description

Dodson Elementary uses a Responsive Classroom model, combining academic and social-emotional learning throughout the day. Research shows the use of the Responsive Classroom model increases reading and math test scores as well as improves social skills.

Throughout our day, teachers use collaborative, blended, one-on-one and small-group teaching strategies. We offer Encore for gifted learners, and all of our students spend 60 minutes every day with related arts, such as music, art, PE and technology. Students also have a block of personal learning time (PLT) for 45 minutes each day to help ensure that they are progressing toward their personal learning goals.

Our hallways are filled with artwork, student work and wonderful motivation representing each diverse “bulldog.” At least once a week, students who have met a personal learning goal are allowed to write their names on Dodson’s Bulldog Wall of Fame, to share their “Bulldog Pride.”

Our library and media center is a center of activity for browsing, learning and visually stimulating the brain. Filled with a great collection of fiction and nonfiction books, our media center also has online resources available, which can be accessed at home or anywhere a web connection is available.


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast in the classroom

  • Morning meeting

  • Literacy block - 120 minutes

  • Related Arts (Music, Art, PE, Technology) – 60 minutes daily

  • Lunch and recess

  • Numeracy block - 60 minutes

  • Personalized learning time

  • Closing Circle


School Details & Links


Standard School Attire (SSA) 

Tops: Any solid-color shirt with a collar tucked into bottoms. 

Bottoms: Pants, shorts, Capri pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers in navy blue, black or any shade of khaki. Cargo pants and denim jeans of any color are not permissible.


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    Facebook: Dodson Elementary School PTO

  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company-onsite at Dodson: 615-202-5258
    Dodson Chapel Daycare: 615-883-5307
    Donelson Tae Kwon Do: 615-391-0100

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Kroger, Northlake Village

  • Publix, Oakwood Commons

  • Vulcan Materials

  • Tulip Grove Baptist Church

  • Bellacino's Pizza & Grinders, Oakwood Commons