Subjects Taught


Red Bank Elementary, Junior, and High Schools

B.S. in Music Education K-12; Instrumental Music K-12, 1974, University of TN at Chattanooga

added endorsement in Elementary Education 1-8, 1978, University of TN at Chattanooga


1974-75: Band Director - Copper Basin High School, Copperhill, TN

1975-77: Band Director; General Music K-5; Basketball, Volleyball, Softball Coach - Dayton City School, Dayton TN

1980-2007: P.E. Teacher K-8; Music K-8; Band Director; Choral Director; Athletic Director; Summer Fun Camp Director; Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Softball, Bowling Coach; Bus Driver - Senter School, Chattanooga, TN

2007-08: Interim Music Teacher East Ridge Middle; Interim Music Teacher East Side Elementary, Hamilton Co.

2009-present: Music Teacher Rivermont Elementary School, Hamilton Co.


39th year of teaching experience


I have been married to my high school "sweetheart", John Finney, for 44 years. We have 2 sons, Adam Finney (Hannah) and Ben Finney (Amy), and 6 grandkids - Liliana Moore, Ashley Finney, Brandon Finney, Addison Finney, Natalie Finney, and Emilia Finney. We live on Signal Mountain. Hobbies are spending time with the grandkids, playing the Euphonium and Baritone in the Jericho Brass Band, refereeing volleyball for the Chattanooga Area high schools, driving a field trip bus in the summertime.

I really enjoy my job at Rivermont and putting on musical productions. My philosophy in music class is: Sing a little, Play a little, Dance a little, Learn a little and Have Fun! Go Tigers!