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“CA at Spring Hill is a very special place.

The students are hardworking and have a conscience with their behavior and attention to learning. The faculty is some of the best that I’ve worked with in my 20+ year career. They’re tireless in their care for our kids and diligent to achieving high expectations.”

– Nathan Hixson, Principal 

Since 1979, Columbia Academy has been educating children for bright futures with an eternal perspective. Thirteen years ago, that vision expanded with the addition of a satellite campus in the Spring Hill community. Today, Columbia Academy at Spring Hill is a light in the community, offering a strong academic, extracurricular and spiritual education option. CA students and their families are blessed to enjoy big experiences on a smaller scale.

Columbia Academy at Spring Hill welcomes children into a Biblically centered environment where teachers challenge and encourage students to growth and learning. We are a private Christian school dedicated to helping students reach their highest potential and preparing them for success in both this life and the next.

When students step onto campus, they become part of the “Bulldog family” where they are individually known, loved and encouraged to be their best.

This is… Columbia Academy at Spring Hill

  • Offering a 3-year-old class – 6th Grade
  • Field trips, special guests and integrated opportunities with the Columbia campus
  • Degreed and fully accredited teachers at every learning level
  • 1:1 technological devices (iPad/Chromebook) for grades 1-6
  • Elementary extracurricular programs such as sports including cheer, cross-country, basketball, football
  • Implementation of a bully prevention program – Bulldogs United
  • Smaller class sizes providing productive teacher interactions and ideal support for academic and social development
  • Spiritual development through regular worship assemblies, prayer, and age-appropriate curriculum to help develop students’ love for God and His word
  • Weekly special area classes in art, music, technology, P.E., and library
  • Security Director & campus-wide safety and security initiatives
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At CA at Spring Hill, our families have come to expect our best! We work tirelessly to offer a unique blend of family atmosphere, Christian principles and academic rigor. We get excited about offering our students these opportunities!


Faculty & Staff – Get to Know Us!

Nathan Hixson – Principal

  • 23 years experience in private and public education
  • B.A., Liberal Studies – California State University, Stanislaus
  • M.Ed., Instructional Leadership – Freed-Hardeman University
  • State Certification: Administration and Teaching in CA/TN

Monica Hayes – Admissions Coordinator

  • B.S. Public Relation, Freed-Hardeman University
  • 10+ years of experience in sales and business
  • For questions regarding admissions, contact Monica here: (931) 486-1002, monica.hayes@cabulldogs.org

Michele Mainord – Preschool Teacher

  • B.S., Special Education – Middle Tennessee State University
  • 9 years of teaching experience, 11 years of working with special needs children

Mandy Harrison – Jr. Kindergarten

  • 19 years teaching experience (4th, 2nd, and 1st)
  • B.S., Early Childhood – Austin Peay State University
  • State Certification: PreK-8

Casie Cox – Kindergarten

  • 17 years teaching experience
  • B.S., Education – Middle TN State University
  • M.Ed., Education – Middle Tennessee State University
  • State Certifications: K-8th grade

Carol Stout – 1st Grade

  • 11 years teaching experience (K, 1st, pre-first)
  • B.S., Early Childhood Education – University of Tennessee at Martin
  • M.Ed., Elementary Education – University of Tennessee at Martin
  • State Certifications: Pre-K – 3

Hannah Thomas – 2nd Grade

  • B.S. Elementary Education, Freed-Hardeman University

Natalie Morris – 3rd Grade

  • 23 Years of experience in private and public education
  • B.S. Mathematics and Natural Science, Freed-Hardeman University
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction, Freed-Hardeman University

Chris Carroll – 4th Grade

  • 22 years teaching experience both in USA and internationally
  • B.S. in Business Management – Oklahoma State University
  • Masters in Art of Teaching – University of Arkansas in Monticello
  • State Certifications:  Arkansas (middle school) & working towards TN certification in K-6 

Alice Dahlstrom – 5th Grade

  • 32 years of experience in private and public education
  • BBA in Accounting – Freed Hardeman University
  • BS in Education – University of TN at Martin
  • State certification – Elementary Education

Karla Hardison – 6th Grade

  • 19 years teaching experience
  • B.S., Accounting – Lipscomb University
  • M.Ed., Instructional Practice – Lipscomb University
  • State Certification: K-6

Come Visit Us…at Columbia Academy – Spring Hill!