Kim Y. Finch
School of Education and Public Service
B.S. Biology, Sung-Shin Women’s University, Seoul
Teacher Certification-Biology, Methodist College, NC
M.A. Special Education, Fayetteville State University
CAS. School Administration, University of Southern Maine
Ed.D. K-12 School Leadership, Vanderbilt University
Office: Bone Hall, Rm. 101
Dr. Kim Finch is currently serving as the Program Director for the Instructional Leadership. She takes delight in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and advising students who are pursuing teaching profession and school leadership.
Dr. Finch joined Cumberland University in January, 2012 after serving as Program Manager for the Alliance to Reform Education Leadership (AREL) in the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas.
She was a middle and high school principal for nine years in Nashville. She has also taught for nine years in elementary, middle, and high school in North Carolina, Maine, and Tennessee. During her principalship at Wright Middle School, this high ELL, low SES school achieved all A’s on the state report card in all core subject areas (Math, Reading, Science, & Social Studies. Wright Middle School was selected by NASA to host Space Station Down link site as one of the three middle schools in the nation in 2007. Stratford High School achieved the 95th percentile on 3 year average school effect in Algebra I and 99th percentile in Biology according to the Tennessee Value Added Report Card while she was the principal from 2007 to 2010.
She served as the Design Team Mentor Principal for PLAN (Principal Leadership Academy Nashville) in Vanderbilt. She also is a PLAN graduate. She visited Guangzhou South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China as part of ELLE (Educational Leadership Learning Exchange) program in 2006 and has hosted the Chinese exchange principals from Guangzhou for several years. She served on the Mayor’s Task Force on Student Success as a Co-Chair and Mayor’s Special Education Advisory Council. She received the Wheeler Award for Secondary School leadership in Peabody College, Vanderbilt and was awarded as a Jackson Scholar by the University Council of Education Administration.
She is married to Dr. Stephen Finch who is also an Education professor at Cumberland University and they have a daughter Stephanie who works in New York City.
Teaching Responsibilities and Couse Development
ED 301 Instructional Strategies
ED 433 Methods in Education (Elementary)
MAT 5222 Methods of Classroom Teaching (Elementary)
M. Ed. 5398 Evaluation for Effective Teaching (Developed)
M. Ed. 5378 Professional Growth and Learning (Developed)
M. Ed. 5176 Practicum- Assessment for Leadership (Developed)
M. Ed. 5171 Practicum- Instructional Leadership (Developed)
M. Ed. 5175 Practicum- Evaluation for Effective Teaching (Developed)
M. Ed. 5178 Practicum- Professional Growth and Learning (Developed)
M. Ed. 5174 Practicum-School and Community Resource Management (Developed)
M. Ed. 5180 Practicum I- TN Instructional Leadership License Only (Developed)
M. Ed. 5181 Practicum II- TN Instructional Leadership License Only (Developed)
Supervision of Instructional Leadership Candidates
Supervision of Student Teachers
Selected Committee Participation and Community involvement
Member, TN Instructional Leadership Program Approval Review Team, 2014
Member, TN Administrator Evaluation Advisory Council, 2014
Lecturer, Wilson County Schools Aspiring Leaders Academy
Facilitated and Taught Socrates Café on Leadership, CU Freshman Activity, 2014
Member, Personnel Committee, First Baptist Church Nashville 2014
Member, Institute of Higher Education (IHE) Common Core State Standards Advisory Board
Member, Major’s Special Education Advisory Council, Nashville, 2009, 20120
Co-Chair, Major’s Task Force on Student Success, Nashville, 2008 and wrote the sub-committee recommendations which became the Data Warehouse Initiative for the Metro Nashville Schools.
Wheeler Award for Secondary School Leadership, Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, 2008
Jackson Scholar, University Council of Education Administration, 2006
Prk-12 Professional Administrator, Tennessee. Expires 2021.
7-12, Biology, Tennessee. Expires 2021.
K-12 Special Education Modified, Tennessee Expires 2021.