is a teacher, author, and artist in Orange County, California. He majored in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and went on to earn his master's degree in the same field at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
His thesis there was later expanded into a full-length biography and published as Unsung Hero of the Great War: The Life and Witness of Ben Salmon (Paulist Press, 1989), winner of the 1990 Pax Christi USA Book Award.
After earning his Master of Divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley with a year-long pastoral internship in Hawaii, Mr. Finney worked in parish ministry in Kansas and later served as a theology teacher and lay catechist for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. In April 2000 he led an educational group tour of Ireland.
That same year he earned his California Teacher Credential in Social Science from the University of La Verne and went on to teach world history for five years in the Bakersfield City School District, organizing an after-school drama club for middle school students. During this time, he also taught U.S. history as an adjunct instructor at Bakersfield College.
For ten years he portrayed an artist correspondent for Harper's Weekly, giving presentations to schools, civic groups, parks, and museums across the United States on the role reporters played in covering important events in 19th century American history.
Since 2005, Mr. Finney has taught modern world and U.S. history, government, and economics at Fullerton Union High School, where he served as the social science teacher in an interdisciplinary Digital Arts and Humanities Program.
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