About Our Staff

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." ~ Nelson Mandela

Norma Collson

Teaching is my passion. I love watching young minds explore new ideas.  From the time I was very small I wanted to be a teacher.  I used to line up my stuffed animals and teach them. I have now been teaching for 25 years, and I still enjoy it.

Being able to teach in our Adventist schools has been one of my greatest joys.  I enjoy sharing my love for Jesus and what He has done in my life. I believe it is a privilege to be able to work where I can share my faith openly with my students.

I have taught at A.W. Spalding in a fourth grade classroom for the past four years.  I taught in smaller schools as the head teacher for the 21 years prior to my current position.  These environments have made me the teacher I am today. I have currently accepted the position of Head Teacher at Dunlap, TN.

I use teaching methods that inspire students to want to learn more.  My theme is "Dream Big."  I apply this theme to the subjects I teach in order to inspire my students to reach higher for their dreams and to strive to do their best. I am a very hands-on teacher.  In my classroom you will often find science experiments, read alouds, mind maps, media, simulations, special worships, hands-on activities and much more. I feel students retain so much more when they can experience the learning. I am always looking for fresh new ways to present content.  

I try to look at each situation with a positive attitude. I do my best to work well with others and to be a team player. I give my best to my job and ask for God's wisdom as I work with His children.

Education, pp. 17, 18—“It is the work of true education . . . to train the youth to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other men’s thought." ~ Ellen G. White

About Me

*I was raised in an Adventist family.  My mother was a homemaker and my father was a pastor. I grew up with morning and evening worship, which is something my husband and I have continued in our own family, even now after the children are gone. I love teaching and being involved in church work. Jesus is very real to me, and I want to share Him with others.

*My hobbies are camping, backpacking, hiking, reading, photography, and cooking. I love the outdoors and enjoy the beautiful nature around me.

About My Family

*My husband, Todd, is a registered nurse.  He worked in surgery for many years, managed the out-patient surgery department in a local hospital and now works for Memorial Home Health in Chattanooga.  He is very active in church work.  He is a Godly husband and father.  We have been married 25 years.

*My son, Eric, is a pediatric ICU nurse at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.  He married Brittany Leavitt last year. She is a graphic design artist for Morning Pointe Assisted Living.

*My daughter, Sara, is a senior at Southern Adventist University and will be graduating in May.  She is engaged to Jeremy Holt and their wedding will be this summer.  She will be an elementary teacher and Jeremy will be attending Dental School.

Life Changing Experiences

*One of my greatest joys was when my husband, one of my 8th grade students and I went to Uganda, Africa and preached a “Share Him” evangelistic series.  This experience drew me very close to Jesus and was a true blessing in my life. I was again blessed with a life changing trip to visit a hospital, school and orphanage in South Africa.