Our Staff


Ms. Nytta Norton, Music Theory and Piano Lessons

Mrs. Norton passed away suddenly in the summer of 2018. The year 2018-2019 has been dedicated in her honor. We will always miss Mrs. Norton!

She graduated from Covenant College, Lookout Mt TN. has taught piano for 50+ years. Ms. Norton performs with three musical groups: Scenic City Chorale, Chattanooga community Orchestra, and Aldergate vibrations ( a bell ringer group). She served in the mission field in Chiapas, Mexico for many years.

Proverbs 3:6 is her favorite Bible verse."In All thy ways acknowledge Him and He will direct thy path."

We are saddened to add that Ms. Norton passed away July 11, 2018. This photo will stay on our web page in honor of her many years of service to Floral Crest School. Ms. Norton awaits the soon return of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She will be greatly missed at FCS. Come quickly Lord Jesus!









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Mary McDowell

Principal, teacher grades 5-8

Ms. McDowell attended Southern Adventist University and graduated with a degree in History.  Planning on teaching secondary school, she was then impressed to apply for certification in the elementary grades.  She has taught grades K-8 in one configuration or another.  She has taught in many conferences, always seeking the path that the Lord asks her to walk.  Ms. McDowell completed her Masters Degree in Special Education.  Ms. McDowell has one daughter and three grandchildren.  She loves living in the area and currently resides in Chattanooga.  Her daily enjoyments are teaching and helping students to seek the Lord and His path for their lives. 

Her favorite Bible verses are in Psalm 121:1-8

I lift up my eyes to the hills-- where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you-- the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm-- he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.


      Ms. Ann Arquitt, Kindergarten- Second Grade

      Mrs. Arquitt graduated from Southern Adventist University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She also holds a Master's Degree from Andrews University in Reading. She has 30+ years of experience. She is the mother of three grown boys. She enjoys nature and swimming.



      Mrs. Laura Ringer  Choir

      Mrs. Laura has been teaching children for 40+ years in Jackson County, AL. She is originally from North Carolina, however she came to AL in 1966 and calls Sand Mt home. She is dedicated to the Lord and expresses that love to the children. She has four grown children, two boys and two girls. 



      Mrs. Sharon McKee Brooks, Tutor Grades 1-3

      Mrs. Brooks was born and raised in Collegedale, TN She graduated from Southern Adventist University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Home Economics. She began teaching in January 1970. She has completed 42 years of full time teaching in the Seventh-day Adventist school system. Mrs. Brooks specializes in one room schools. Since retiring she and her husband, Gene, moved to Bryant, AL. She volunteers at Floral Crest School. Her favorite Bible text is Romans 8:28 " All things will work together for good to them that love God." Mrs. Brooks enjoys reading, needle craft, activities that involve children such as Pathfinders and Adventurer Club.  Her passion is children and helping them to succeed. She says, "I love Floral Crest School and all those who are teachers, students, or volunteers there. It is my goal to help this school as long as the Lord gives me the strength and ability."