Shwab Elementary School 

Learning • Leading • Succeeding

Learning • Leading • Succeeding

At a Glance

  • Serves grades Pre-K - 4
  • Maplewood Cluster
  • Open Enrollment
  • Offers bus transportation
  • Offers before and aftercare

Welcome From the Principal

Dr. Natalyn Gibbs   Principal

Dr. Natalyn Gibbs

As the principal of Shwab Elementary School, I want to welcome you to our school. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with such trained professionals, highly qualified and dedicated staff, wonderful students and supportive parents. This is my seventh year as principal at Shwab, and I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you and engage in the educational process together. I am an educator who brings a firm commitment to students and families as well as a love of learning and problem solving.

Our faculty and staff are committed to working with students and their families as a team. We believe in knowing each child by “name and need.” Research confirms and we firmly believe that parental involvement in a child’s education can lead to higher levels of academic achievement, positive attitudes and greater maturity and responsibility. I urge you to take part as much as possible in the life of our school. Your assistance as a volunteer would be extremely valuable to our students and faculty, and there are many areas where your help would be greatly appreciated.


Contact Information

1500 Dickerson Road
Nashville, TN 37207 (map)


Principal: Dr. Natalyn Gibbs
Assistant Principal: Dr. Cheryl Bowman
General School Assistant: Karen Tomlin
School Counselors:
Charlie Traylor
Danielle Thweatt
Instructional Coach: Lori Partin
School Board Representative: Christiane Buggs




School Description

Welcome to Shwab Elementary, where learning is our lifestyle and failure is not an option! Shwab Elementary is a diverse school that welcomes students from a variety of backgrounds. As an enhanced option school, Shwab has an extended day, so we start at 8 a.m., and our students are dismissed at 3:45 p.m. We have enrichment on Fridays when students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs or our popular Positive Behavior Incentive System (PBIS), which allows students to earn Bee Bucks during the week and trade them in for a treat on Friday. 

For our gifted students, we offer Encore. We also have Pre-K and Exceptional Education Pre-K classes. Our Related Arts offerings include Art, Music, PE and Technology. 

Our curriculum is directly aligned to the Tennessee State Standards. To help each student achieve his or her full potential, the school provides enrichment and intervention support.

Finally, parents love the community that we have intentionally cultivated. We celebrate our parents, teachers, staff and students on Awards Day. We also have school events that are open to families, including our Holiday Party, Thanksgiving Lunch, Valentine Party and end-of-year Talent Show.


School Hours

8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

A Typical Day at School

  • 30 minutes: Breakfast
  • 15 minutes: Morning Meeting
  • 150 minutes: English Language Arts
  • 60 minutes: Math
  • 30 minutes: Lunch
  • 60 minutes: Intervention
  • 60 minutes: Related Arts
  • 45 minutes: Science/Global Literature

School Details & Links


Tops: Solid-color, collared shirts with sleeves; must be properly buttoned and tucked inside bottoms. 

Bottoms: Navy blue, black or any shade of khaki. Shorts, jumpers, dresses, skirts or skorts must extend below the fingertip.

A solid-color, single blazer, suit jacket, vest, sweater or cardigan is permitted as an item that may be worn over the Standard Attire top. Hooded sweatshirts are not allowed. Outerwear such as raincoats, windbreakers and cold-weather jackets and coats may not be worn in school.

Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. Open-toe and house shoes are not permitted.


  • Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
    Martha Herrera
  • Food Bank
  • Clothing Closet
  • Parent training classes
  • Anti-bullying training

  • Student Council
  • Girl Scouts
  • Girls Inc.
  • Boys-STEM Club

Shwab Elementary School is currently reaching out to friends, families and businesses in our community to establish meaningful, long-term partnerships. Currently we have formed a wonderful partnership with LKQ Corporation, which has done many wonderful things for our school and students. They have provided us with new signage, hosted our Holiday Party and Leadership Institute, and much more.

The Charles Davis Foundation has been long-standing partner that has supported Shwab in many facets. In the past, CDF has been generous in helping our families throughout the holidays. In addition, they have contributed toward our student incentive program. We certainly value all their support through the years and this continued partnership.

As a Title I school, we service many children from a high-poverty, high-needs environment. We welcome both volunteers and monetary support. If you are interested in becoming a partner to Shwab Elementary, please call us at 615-262-6725.