Jim Finch is in his 13th year as the principal at Mary Persons High School and has been in education for 26 years. Dr. Finch received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Georgia Southern University in 1994 and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from Georgia College and State University in 2001. Dr. Finch received his doctorate from Valdosta State University in 2015.
Dr. Finch began his teaching career in 1994 as a math teacher and coach at Peach County High School in Fort Valley, GA. While at Peach County, Dr. Finch taught math for ten years and served as the math department chair for the last five of those. He served as assistant principal during his last two years at Peach County High. In addition to his instructional and supervisory duties, Dr. Finch coached football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and golf during his 12 years in Fort Valley. Dr. Finch coached in the 1998, 2003, and 2005 AAA state championship football games, serving as defensive coordinator in the latter two games and winning the AAA state championship in 2005. At the conclusion of the 2005-2006 school year, Dr. Finch made the transition to principal.
Dr. Finch is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL), and the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). He is a member of the PAGE Principal Leadership Network and serves as the AAAA representative for the Georgia High School Association’s (GHSA) Board of Trustees.
Dr. Finch sits on the state Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL) as well as on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP). Dr. Finch is the GASSP President for the 2019-2020 school year. Previously, Dr. Finch served as State Coordinator for GASSP and the state of Georgia’s advocacy delegate to NASSP during the 2014-2017 school years. He has served as a lecturer and guest presenter for local RESA’s as well as the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.
Dr. Finch’s wife, Kelli, is a real estate agent in the middle Georgia area. They have four children – Kennedy, a 2018 graduate of Mary Persons and sophomore at Georgia Southern University, Jimbo, a senior at Mary Persons, Carli, a 3rd grader at TG Scott Elementary, and Max, a 1st grade student at TG Scott.