Pennington Elementary School

Building a better future    one student at a time

Building a better future

one student at a time

At a Glance

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

Welcome From the Principal

Jackie Kinzer   Principal

Jackie Kinzer

Welcome to Pennington Elementary. Our teachers and staff truly hold themselves accountable for each student’s achievement and well-being. I’m grateful we’re embedded in such a supportive community, and we’re proud of our long history of loyal teachers, some of whom have taught here for years. Our teachers even bring their own children to Pennington to enjoy the enriching educational experience they help create every single day.

From our family to yours, we extend a warm welcome to come grow with us!


Contact Information

2817 Donna Hill Drive
Nashville, TN 37214 (map)


Contact Emails:
Principal: Jackie Kinzer
Counselor: Norah Ryan
Secretary/Bookkeeper: Lynn Pridy
Instructional Coach: Bethany Jenkins
School Board Representative: Anna Shepherd






School Description

Pennington Elementary is a small, neighborhood school with a welcoming, friendly and family-like atmosphere. Our mission is to provide a learning environment where students can become well-rounded citizens by encouraging excellence in academics, attitude and attendance.

One of our educational support programs allows students to receive specific instruction in math and English language arts four times a week. Our daily, 60-minute related arts period rotates between art, music and physical education. Our library is filled with materials that support our school's curriculum plus many well-loved, age-appropriate books spanning different interests and genres.

Our annual Book Fair is one of our favorite times of year and brings a lot of excitement to our school community. Students and staff gather to show their enthusiasm for books, stories and our library. Dress-up days go along with the book fair theme while a family-and-friends day invites others to shop and participate. Our Family/Community night includes dinner together followed by exploring the book fair.

All sorts of other activities are available to children both during and after school. Some favorites include music club, Good News Club (hosted by The Donelson Fellowship), Morning Mile, spelling bee, field day, Fall Fest and end-of-year picnics. Our 4th graders have the exciting opportunity to help with Safety Patrol for arrival/dismissal or helping with WPEN, our morning announcement show. Each morning, our goal is to make the day count by making it a "positively perfect Pennington pride day!"


School Hours

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

A Typical Day at School

  • Breakfast in the classroom

  • Classroom Morning Meeting (daily)

  • English Language Arts (90 minutes)

  • Math (60 minutes)

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

  • PLT (30 minutes a day)

  • Social Studies and Science


School Details & Links


Bottoms: Pants, shorts, Capri pants, skirts, skorts, or jumpers in navy blue, black or any shade of khaki.

Tops: Shirts with short or long sleeves and a collar (polo, dress-style with button, or turtleneck) in a solid color. All shirts should be properly buttoned and tucked inside bottoms. 


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    President: Andy and Janet Killingsworth:

  • Before and aftercare
    YMCA Fun Company

  • Tutoring

  • English Language classes

  • Social and Emotional Learning

  • Anti-bullying training and/or clubs

  • Good News Club

  • Music/Chorus Club

  • Morning Mile

  • Middle Tennessee Electric Credit Union

  • FLIP Volunteers

  • Jr. Achievement Volunteers

  • Donelson Fellowship

  • Operation School Bell

  • WellChild

  • Unity Church

  • Pennington United Methodist