Paragon Mills Elementary School

School of Excellence

School of Excellence

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Glencliff Cluster
  • Not Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Shawnna Pierce  Principal

Shawnna Pierce

Welcome to Paragon Mills Elementary! I am blessed and honored to serve as the very proud principal of PMES. I value nothing more than education. My core values: connection, reflection, growth & grith are at the center of my work and continues to fuel my desire to ensure kids receive the best education possible. I began my career as an elementary paraprofessional and then served in a variety of roles such as classroom teacher, literacy interventionists, literacy coach, English Language development coach, and assistant principal. The 2019-2020 school year is my second year to serve as Executive Principal at Paragon Mills Elementary. I am passionate about teaching and learning and have sought out leadership roles that gave me opportunities to collaborate with all community members. I am committed to maintaining a positive school climate, implementing structures and process for collaboration and growth, and ensuring transparent communication by encouraging dialouge and input from all stakeholders. I promise to build and foster a culture of shared leadership, and will relentlessly strive to monitor and adjust school programs to always meet the needs of our scholars.


Contact Information

260 Paragon Mills Road
Nashville, TN 37211 (map)

615-333-5615 (fax)

Contact Emails:
Principal: Dr. Shawnna Pierce
Assistant Principal: Andrew Bello
Dean of Instruction: Brit Sikes
Communities in Schools Coordinator: Kyla Cretekos
School Board Representative: Fran Bush



School Description

Welcome to Paragon Mills Community; home of the Panthers! As principal of PMES, I would like to invite you to explore our website. School colors are red, navy, & white. Our wonderful community consists of people from all over the world. We serve almost 650 students in PreKindergarten through Fourth grade. The majority of our students are bilingual, and over 23 different languages are represented in our student body.

We are diverse in not only ethnicity, country of origin, and religion, but also life experiences. Our mission is to grow together and support each other to become communicators, problem-solvers, and life-long learners. We envision pursuing our dreams to change our world. I invite you to join us on this journey!

School Hours

7:45 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast upon arrival - 7:30-8 a.m.

  • Social and Emotional Learning - 15 minutes

  • Literacy Block - 90 minutes

  • Numeracy Block - 60 minutes

  • Science and Social Studies- 55 minutes

  • Intervention (RTI) - 60 minutes

  • Related Arts - 60 minutes

  • Lunch - 30 minutes

  • Recess - 20 minutes


School Details & Links


Standard School Attire

Bottoms: pants, shorts, capri pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers, jeans in any solid color.

Tops: shirts with short or long sleeves and a collar (polo, dress-style with button) in any solid color or Paragon Mills School T-shirt.


  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Co.
    Phone: 615-693-2580

  • Food Bank

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Parent training classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Archery Club

  • Good News Club

  • Music Makes Us

  • Recycling

  • Girls on the Run

  • STEAM club

  • Drama Club

  • Donelson Fellowship

  • Concord Community Church

  • Schneider Electric

  • Sonic