About Todd Finley

Todd Finley, PhD


Todd Blake Finley, PhD, is a tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University and an assistant editor/blogger at Edutopia: George Lucas Education Foundation. He has taught elementary and 7-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. Also, he was selected as one of the Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers of 2014 and again in 2016 by Cathy Rubin for the Huffington Post.


Teaching memoir, Dinkytown Braves, available on Amazon.

Co-written with Blake Wiggs, Rethinking Classroom Design: Create Student-Centered Learning Spaces for 6-12th Graders (Rowman & Littlefield).

Contributor to The Best Lesson Series: Literature, edited by Brian Sztabnik.

University of Minnesota

George Lucas Education Foundation

East Carolina University

Todd Finley, during student teaching at the University of Puget Sound



Spouse for 31 years, Randi Finley is a 1st grade teacher.


Rachel Finley, a film maker. 

Dog Faces


Running for senior class president at Top Dog. 


Running for senior class secretary at Top Dog.

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