Welcome to Hartsfield Elementary

Hello Parents, Teachers, Students, and Friends of Hartsfield Elementary School! It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as principal of Hartsfield Elementary and I am excited about the things we will accomplish together in this upcoming year!

My goal is to inspire greatness in each teacher to build champions of learning in the classroom one day at a time. Our students deserve a learning environment that is safe, nurturing, fun, and where educators maximize the potential of each child through their expertise, love for children, and dedication to their craft.

Dr. Blackwell-Flanagan




  • Student-Teacher Ratio of 14:1

  • District Volunteer of the Year

    Marie Claire Leman

  • School Partner Award

    Florida Big Brothers & Big Sisters

  • Farm to School Award

    HES Garden Club

  • PTO Parent Involvement Award

    Hartsfield Culture Fair

  • Invitation to Carnegie hall

    Hartsfield Elementary Chorus

About Our School

Hartsfield Elementary is a Conscious Discipline and Trauma Informed School. We implement practices that focus on developing the whole child, with an emphasis on the socio-emotional health of each learner.

Our Conscious Discipline strategies help students learn to regulate their own behavior, and in the process create a culture of connectedness and caring. In tandem with the Conscious Discipline curriculum, we implement additional strategies to accommodate students that have experienced trauma to help mitigate the impact of adverse experiences on their learning.

H.E.S. is also home to a variety of student groups and enrichment activities. For example, our award-winning Chorus has received numerous state competition awards, been the recipient of monetary awards, and has been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, the H.E.S. Garden Club is the 2018 recipient of a Farm to School award sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.

We believe that learning can and should continue outside of the classroom. In partnership with the United Way, H.E.S. has created an after school program to bring Reading and Math Pals academic enrichment to our students.

The H.E.S. faculty are the backbone of our ability to serve our students and families. Our faculty has been recognized for excellence by the receipt of numerous Leon County Schools Foundation Grants over the past several years, including a recent award for Ms. Oakley’s “Math on the Move” program.

Our students leave H.E.S. and go on to achieve success in a wide variety of fields. Some of our notable alumni include Judge Nikki Clark and County Commissioner Diane Williams Cox.

Academic Blueprint

Advanced Programs Coming to Hartsfield

Hartsfield Elementary is an I.B. Primary Years Programme Candidate School * *This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. IB World Schools share a common philosophy- a commitment to high-quality, challenging, international education- that we believe is important for our students. Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme (DP), or the Career-related Programme (CP). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes visit http://www.ibo.org. and is in the process of becoming an Eco-School. Eco-School is a global program where young people have a say in the environmental management policies of their schools, ultimately steering them towards certification, and impacting their community and the world.

Extended Curriculum

Enrichment Through the Arts

Art Club students have been featured in the Democrat and other publications for their work and their contributions to our school and community. Our Art teacher established the Kids Guernica project, which is a collaborative project to create peace murals across different cultures. The Hartsfield Culture Fair is a school-wide fair that highlights history, art, food, dress, dance and customs from countries around the world. The Culture Fair was chosen as the Regional Winner to receive the FDOE/Florida PTO Parent Involvement Award in 2014.

Teacher of The Year 2019–2020


Teacher of the Year

Erica Jerkins

Erica Jerkins has been teaching for 7 years. She currently teaches 1st grade, but has also taught 3rd grade, 5th grade and K-3 ESE. Mrs. Jerkins is a mentor teacher and is part of the Conscious Discipline Action Team at Hartsfield.

School History

Our school has been present for over 20 years. We make the most of all our students.

Hartsfield Elementary School serves students and families in the Indian Head Community. Our community has a long history associated with the Seminole Indians. The streets have authentic Seminole names ending with Nene, which means trail. Three ceremonial mounds containing Indian artifacts were discovered when the community was being built in the early 1950s. Hartsfield is named after former Leon County School Superintendent Francis S. Hartsfield, Sr. We're proud to represent our community and its history, while building a brighter future for residents of Indian Head.