Welcome Parents and Students!

Welcome to Mr. Finney’s Tutoring Blog.  I hope you will find these entries helpful as you strive toward success in learning.

I am a certificated teacher and award-winning author with twenty years classroom experience in both private and public schools.  During that time I taught every grade level from middle school to community college and every subject in the social science curriculum.

After seven years teaching in Bakersfield, California, I taught for thirteen years in Orange County.  I also participated for many years in living history programs across the United States, in which I portrayed an artist correspondent for Harper’s Weekly and created a portfolio of more than 70 original charcoal and pencil sketches.

I believe in creative learning, focusing on interdisciplinary connections and grounding comprehension in reading and artistic expression.  My own background is in the field of American Studies and I served for many years as the social science teacher in an amazing Digital Arts and Humanities program.  Now I bring my experience and enthusiasm to one-on-one learning with my tutoring pupils.

When I learned that Thomas Jefferson read fifteen hours a day, I was inspired.  I dusted off my calligraphy skills from my years as a junior high student in Virginia and created this poster.  It hung on the wall in my classroom for 18 years and was seen by thousands of students.  I now share it with you:  read it, believe it and live it!

To sign up for tutoring, please visit my website at torinfinney.com