First Day of School

Monday, August 17 is the first day of school for the 2020-21 term.  Students enrolled in the Traditional Learning Framework will begin the 1st 9 weeks in Remote Learning due to the current COVID-19 health situation.  For information about what that will look like this year, please click the more information button below to view the Reset Plan Information Hub.

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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.