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At a GlanceServes grades K-5
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Welcome From the Principal

Principal Valerie Brown

Welcome to Bess T. Shepherd Elementary School where we believe that “All Children are Readers, Achievers, and Leaders!”

It is our responsibility to prepare each student to move to the next level of learning with a high degree of creativity, independence, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Our trained professionals work diligently every summer planning for each new school year to ensure that our students not only get quality instruction but have extra-curricular activities available to inspire and motivate them to persevere in their quest to excellence.

We feel honored to be a part of the Bess T. Shepherd family and are committed to doing “Whatever It Takes!” to provide a quality education for each student. We also know that working together can only improve the quality of instruction and achievement of students.

Contact Information

7126 Tyner Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421 (


Contact Emails:
Principal: Valerie Brown
Assistant Principal: Shannon Braziel

School Board Representative: Joe Wingate, District 7
Our School Staff Contact List with Email

Registration Info

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Bess T. Shepherd is a Level 5 School

School Hours

8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.


School Description

At Bess T. Shepherd elementary we serve grades K-5.
At our school we aim to be a student-centered, globally conscious, and close-knit community that fosters student leadership and engagement. Our students are our future, and therefore we give them every opportunity to become leaders and proactive learners at the school through our extracurricular activities. We offer sports clubs, science and robotics clubs, a yearbook club, and a leadership academy.

We want to facilitate the understanding of school wide expectations. We will recognize and reward students who exhibit appropriate behavior with incentives and acknowledgments.We will combine this initiative with the OLWEUS Bullying prevention program. Our goal is to provide all students with a safe and effective learning environment.

School Details & Links

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Family Involvement
& Support Services

Parent Teacher Organization
President: Nyree Greer

Our PTA plays an active role in developing a strong partnership between families and our school.





  • Basketball Team
  • Leadership Academy
  • Robotics Club
  • Soccer Team
  • Science Club
  • Track and Field Team

Bess T. Shepherd believes that a child's education should be holistic, and for that reason we offer an array of different extracurricular activities.

School Expectations

Our school expectations are based on our mascot:

Rams Mascot

We used the letters in ram to form the acronym;
R.A.M.S; which stands for:


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