Dr. Dawn Finley

English Teacher


Courses Taught:

Pre-AP English 1 (9th)

AP Literature and Composition (11th)

AP Language and Composition (12th)

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About Me

I love being a Ram.  I have been teaching since 2000 in a variety of capacities.  I love working with students and helping them discover the world and grow into the adults the world needs. I look forward to learning beside your children. 


I am a native St. Louisan but was fortunate enough to live in Southern California for 10 years.

My husband (Bill) and I were married in 2000, and we have two children, Noah (14) and Zoë (12), who keep us very busy with school,  soccer, and ice skating.  I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, photography, writing, reading, and cooking.  I was widowed in Aug 2019 and I am very lucky to have teaching as my profession. It keeps me busy.



Bachelor of Arts in English--University of California--Santa Barbara

Master of Arts in English--University of Missouri--St. Louis

Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing--University of Missouri--St. Louis

Ph.D. in Education-Teaching and Learning--University of Missouri--St. Louis


Teaching History

2019-present: Riverview Gardens High School (10th, Pre-AP 9th, AP Lit, and 12th AP Lang)

2013-2019: St. John Vianney High School (9th, 10th, 11th (Advanced Credit) and 12th)

2010-present: Adjunct Professor UMSL (Methods of Teaching English, Advanced Expository Writing, Business/Technical Writing, Writing in the Content Areas)

2007-2010: Adjunt Professor STLCC (English 101, English 102, English 30)

2003-2006: Riverview Gardens High School (11th, 12th, Department Chair)

2002-2003: Roosevelt 9th Grade Center (9th Grade)

2000-2002: Parkway Area ABE (GED classes for 17-22 year-olds)