Finn, a native of Milford, Massachusetts (just west of Boston) graduated from Hopedale High in1989 before enlisting in the United States Army. Mr. Finn's first trip to Georgia was to Fort Benning, where he received training as an infantryman and completed Airborne School while there.
Finn served with the 1st of the 508th Airborne Battalion in Panama during Operation Just Cause, and with 1st of the 35th Armor during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. After returning from Iraq to Kuwait, he was reassigned to the Long Range Surveillance Detachment of the 101st Military Intelligence Battalion, and participated in counter drug operations with Joint Task Force Six.
Mr. Finn entered Fitchburg State University where he studied Elementary Education and History earning a double major. While at FSU he completed his Secondary Education degree as well.
During his time at Fitchburg State, Finn worked as a Special Education teacher assistant, coached junior high basketball, delivered early morning copies of the Boston Globe, and played college basketball for the FSU Falcons.
After graduation he became a high school teacher and varsity basketball coach at Coyle and Cassidy Memorial High in Taunton, Massachusetts. Starting in 1998 he taught world and US history, constitutional law, psychology and sociology.
The year 2000 found him teaching in a self-contained middle school classroom at Saint Vincent's in Fall River, Massachusetts, and as he noted, “I taught during the day, coached college hoops at night.”
Finn coached basketball for NCAA Division III Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island, working his way up to a, head men's basketball coaching position. After two championships and the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, Finn left coaching to pursue a more focused career in education.
2005 found Finn and his wife Heather, moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina where they taught at Gray's Creek High School. “I taught US history, psychology, and AP Government," noted Finn.
Heather has a degree in biology and has worked in child nutrition, but her passion is working with Special Education students, which she has done since 1998.
At Gray's Creek Finn coached the school basketball team to a conference championship game in just their second year.
In 2007, Finn joined an administrative turnaround team as an assistant principal at EE Smith High School. In 2010 he was promoted to principal at West Bladen High School, where his coaching and leadership experience helped transform the school.
In 2011, Finn became the principal at New Hanover High, the oldest high school in North Carolina. Since his arrival, New Hanover saw an increase in test scores, improved graduation rates, decreased dropouts and a reduction in violence.
Having achieved the possible at New Hanover, Finn was ready to return to Georgia. The birthplace of his inner soldier, joining the ranks of Georgia educators known as some of the best in the business.
Mr. Finn is now working on his doctorate degree. “The opportunity to be a student of the vocation of education, a soldier against apathy and underperformance, a coach of staff and students, and a principal with high expectations and demand for excellence, is invigorating.” He is thrilled to be here in an educationally progressive and noteworthy state.
Mr. Finn has expressed his belief that Hampton High is his final stop on his journey as an educator. “The opportunity [to] lay down roots while building and creating the Next Generation High School has been a lifelong dream.” He believes his life experiences have prepared him to take on this amazing challenge.
He and Heather will live in McDonough with their two dogs, Lola and PoPo.
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