Students enrolled 720
School leader MS. RACHEL WALTERS

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10707 Nixon Road
Tampa, FL 33624

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(813) 975-6941
(813) 631-5328
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4 stars
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April 16, 2014
This is the first year my daughter attends this school. She's a 3rd grader and has always struggle w/ reading. Here she has gotten a lot of help. She use to always be frustrated because she couldn't read as well as she does today. To me as a strict parent, this school year has been a blessing. I thank Mrs. Armstrong for listening to me as a concerned parent about my daughters academy. I can really see a progress and now. She loves to read. * I believe that as a parent we cannot blame teachers for everything. We as parents need to take time out to help our kids with what ever academic need they may have. Just think about helping up to 4 of your kids maybe 5 or 6 compared to one teacher helping 20 kids or more. Very tough. *

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July 24, 2013
Second time having my kids at this school, bad experience again. Some teachers did not show proficiency and capacity to handle kids. For years my son has suffered with ADHD, this is too much for some teachers who do not care about it. We were plenty of complains the whole year. Before the beginning of the year Staff offered help for my kid. Just lies. Good luck if you are the next parent.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
We realized about the level of this school, after moving to California and after putting him in another elementary school. In Cannella, the teachers in Kindergarten and 1st grade were so concerned about the child's development. Regular interaction with parents is a pattern in this school, giving feedback about the child's behavior and academic performance. We can specifically name the 2 teachers - Ms. Mattingly and Ms. Thurman who taught my son in KG and Ist grade respectively. They have always been very concerned about the kids. My kid's general knowledge level went very high within these 2 years. He always misses these things here in his new school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
This is the first year my kids have attended this school and it has been by far the worst experience. You should lead by example and this school is poorly lead by the Principle. The teachers have given up on the children of this school because they do not have a positive work environment. There is more childish drama than dedication to educate the kids. My child's teacher does not even agree with the new curriculum set for the students how do I expect that she is willing to put forth effort to teach what she does not agree with. " A child will learn to read and write at there own pace they should not be required to complete this before the end of the year." I want my child to be challenged to learn and want them to be able to complete all task expected of them with a positive guidance of their teacher. The teachers and principle talk as if they look down on you and you are not educated, literally make you feel unwanted at this school. With in the first week my child was bullied and tried to bring it to the attention of the teacher, she blew it off and did not address the issue. I spoke with the teacher and she still did not address the issue to ensure my child is safe.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
I have been in this school district since 1992. My youngest son now age 31 went to Cannella. I was not happy with the school then. Over the years things changed. I have a 9 year old that goes to Cannella. The Principal Rachel Walters has not regard for parents. She makes you feel like you are not welcome at the school. The teachers there are great but believe me most have a bone to pick with this principal. I feel that this principal has brought the moral of most of the teachers down. I have a couple more years to go in this school and I would love to see this principal replaced so that Cannella can become an A school again.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2013
Cannella is a school which has a good PTA; however, the principle is not friendly and does not appear in my opinion to be very involved in the school in terms of being involved with the parents. I like my daughters Kindergarten teacher; however, she is out a lot an never on time. I will be glad once this year is over so I can move my daugther out.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2012
I have been to this school it is fun and the teachers and staff are nice and they work hard just to help children learn and have fun I all my teachers alot and I always had A/B honor roll no madder how hard I work the teachers help me and I am just a kid but I know more than my parents about the school because I was there and I know that I am kid but trust me the school , teachers , and staff are amazing and I wish I didn't grow up and stay there .

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2011
My daughter has been in Cannella since Kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. She's an A/B honor roll, has had excellent teachers (some more awesome than others) but definitely Cannella is an inspiration in the Hillsborough School System. Until recently, I have been inspired by the way Administration performed. With the retirement of the previous principal, things have changed for, in my opinion, not the better. Some teachers and parents like the new principal... some don't. I personally do not. I am trying to deal with the changes as it is my daughter's last year there. She has an awesome 5th grade teacher and she still loves Cannella as do I. I just hope the new principal (who comes from Pinellas btw) just puts on the brakes and doesn't make too many changes at once.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
My daughter completd 5th gr this yr, and I agree with the previous parent that administration has slipped the last several yrs. The principal her first few yrs there was great. The last 2 not so impressed.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
im in 5th grade now and cannella has awesome teachers some of the kids are annoying but he school and teachers are great!!!!! go there

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2010
Ok except for children with special needs. Some wonderful regular classroom teachers and the speech therapists aere awesome. Not impressed with administration. Quality has slipped last couple of years.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
Cannella is an excellent school. My daughter Lynette went to Cannella all her elementary years (1992-1997). And I loved it. The teachers were great and all the personnel. The discipline and the education that she received are a life time assett. Now my 2 boys Alex(10yrs old) and Angel(7yrs) are also attending. And their teachers are Awesome and the personnel, too. The education and the discipline that my children have received makes Cannella an 'Outstanding School'. Sincerely, Lina Martinez

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October 24, 2008
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August 29, 2008
Last year was my son's first year in school..kindergarten...his teacher mrs. bayliss was awesome. she helped my son develope is first line of defense in education. he is now in the 1st grade. cannella is by far the best!

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
Last year was my daughters first year in school.. her teach was amazining..She learned so much and her reading has astonished me, but. I still believe a kid needs to be a kid.. Lunch room needs to be a lunch room and not a classroom, kids should beable to talk with out a lunch lady and her mega phone yelling all the time.. I know this, cuz I voluntered once a week. My child was tested and said she needed speech.. I thought, okay.. Well, I am an involved parent tried to meet 2x with the speech teacher and she never showed up.. no one knew where she was.. was suppose to send me weekly reports. I never saw one. IHopefully this year will prove differently.

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- submitted by a student
May 26, 2008
This is a great school. There is not much parent envolvment, but that only says more about what the principal and her staff are doing. The parents that are involved work very hard and are very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
Cannella's new principal cares very much about her students. The parents are not as involved as they should be mostly because most do work full time. The majority of the teachers care very much as well. I am impressed with the care taken to assure the students do well

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November 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
Excellent school and excellent teachers. My daughter just completed her Kindergarten. I was completely taken aback to see how fast my daughter started reading from simple letters to a whole chapter within a short span of time. Thanks to accelerated reading programs and also to wonderful staff. Apart from English, other aspects like color, shape and size recognition also is worth mentioning. Math is also given due importance. My daughter is now able to do most of the two digit number addition and subtraction without actually writing it down. Coin recognition and summing of coins was another achievement she had from this school. The PTA meeting held in the school helped us (parents) in giving a right direction to meeting the desired goals. I am happy that my daughter was able to attend one of the best schools in Florida without spending too much.

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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2007
The School is okay..I think too much pressure is place on children now a days. Some teachers are way to disorganized and not cleared on their expectations of a child.

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June 27, 2005
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June 27, 2005
Great parent teacher relationships.

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March 31, 2005
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January 10, 2004
As a non-custodial parent living in Texas, my visits during the school year have impressed me with Cannella from the office staff to administration and teaching staff, as well as, lunch room staff and volunteers. I would highly recommend to any parent(s) with elementary school aged childern make a real effort to locate within the Cannella district.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2004
Canella is a great school. I feel that my children receive a quality education well above the standards in the AL School System in which they started. The teachers encourage parental involvement & the volunteering parents provide info to other parents on available programs, volunteer work, etc. A+

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2004
Just moved here from another state, but Cannella has been great so far. Beautiful clean school. The one thing I noticed is they are behind my children's level in math and reading, from the state of SC. I would have never expected that from a Florida school. However I feel the teachers are aware of it and are working to give extra attention to my children. That individual attention is what makes this school good.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
In my experience this is a great school. I will recomended to any other parent that is looking for a good elementary school.

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Cannella Elementary School
10707 Nixon Road, Tampa, FL  33624
(813) 975-6941
Last modified Cannella Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cannella Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top