Join the South Huntsville Business Association for a special meeting with Christie Finley, Huntsville City Schools Superintendent. Registration is free, just follow the ticket link.
Christie Finley is a third-generation educator with over 26 years in education both in Huntsville and Madison. She earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University and began her career in education as a high school social studies teacher at Bob Jones High School. Later, she completed her Master’s Degree from Alabama A&M University in School Counseling and served as both a high school and elementary school counselor. While working as a counselor, she earned her Educational Leadership Certification from the University of South Alabama.
Prior to being named Superintendent in 2018, Christie Finley served in many capacities for Huntsville City Schools such as school principal, Director of Secondary Programs, and Deputy Superintendent of Strategy and Innovation. Throughout her career, the theme of her leadership style is collaboration. This can be seen by the partnerships she has forged as a leader for Huntsville City Schools. Prominent examples of these partners include the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center – whose engineers partner with HCS students to solve real-world problems for real-world customers – and Auburn University – who partnered with HCS as part of the National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, the first of its kind in the nation.
In her short time as Superintendent of Huntsville City Schools, she has already tackled tough challenges like school safety by creating a School Safety Task Force in response to a firearm incident at an elementary school. She is working tirelessly with the State of Alabama and her Board of Education to create a plan to address HCS’ current budget crisis. She’s managing one of the most comprehensive school desegregation Consent Orders in the country, and she has led the development of a Strategic Plan that addresses all of these issues and more.
Christie Finley’s plans and methods have caught the attention of leaders in the Alabama State Department of Education, who have begun recommending her approaches as models for other systems in the state. Despite all of this, she has not lost sight of the fundamental component of good instruction: classroom teachers. Ensuring that teachers feel supported is critical not only to their success but to the success of HCS students. She is committed to building capacity in the teachers of HCS to grow the next leaders of the system.