Weather Notice

Due to the potential for icy road conditions, Huntsville City Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. The two-hour delay will also apply to all HCS employees, unless otherwise directed by your supervisor.  All elementary, middle, and junior high classes will begin at 10:00am.  All high school classes will begin at 10:30am.  Buses will also run on a two-hour delayed schedule. 


Huntsville City Schools Weather Safety Team, working in conjunction with the EMA and other local agencies, will continue to monitor conditions and send out updates should any additional changes be necessary.  For more information about the weather safety decision process, please select the more information link below.

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James I Dawson Elementary
(256) 428-7500   |   
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5308 Mastin Lake Road

April Draine

Hello parents! I am the ARI Reading Specialist here at Dawson Elementary School. I was born and raised right here in Huntsville, Alabama and am a proud product of Huntsville City Schools. I am married, and I am the mother to 3 beautiful children. In my spare time, I love to travel, sew, read, and hang out with my family.

As a teacher, I believe that given the right environment, support, and encouragement, all students have the ability to learn and thrive. This school year, I hope to help teachers enhance their instructional practices by integrating purposeful and helpful reading strategies and resources.
Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, Alabama A&M University 2003
Masters of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Phoenix 2006
Class B Elementary Certificate
Grade Level K-6

ARI Certified

Level 1 Google Certified
Additional Certified Staff
10 years as a 5th and 6th grade teacher.
5 years as an instructional coach.