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HCS Announces New Edgewood Administrators

Homewood is honored to announce Laura Tate as Principal at Edgewood Elementary School. For the past four years, Laura Tate has served as the Assistant Principal of Edgewood Elementary and was selected as the Assistant Principal of the Year for the State of Alabama by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) last year. 


Tate has been in elementary education for 18 years where she has worked as a special education administrator and teacher.  Prior to joining Edgewood Elementary, Tate served as a special education teacher at Hall-Kent Elementary School.


“It’s an honor to serve this community and the students and families in Homewood,” Tate said. “Our system has strong and compassionate faculty and staff members that are here to support our students, and it is a privilege to work with them each day to help empower the students at Edgewood Elementary.”


 Tate received her bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University in 2001. She went on to earn her master’s degree, educational administration certificate, and educational specialist degree in education administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at Samford University.


“Mrs. Tate has been a leader within Homewood for several years,” Superintendent Dr. Cleveland said.  “She has shown her passion for students as an elementary classroom teacher and assistant principal, and we are excited to have her continued leadership in Edgewood.”


 Laura Tate, Principal



Homewood is also honored to welcome Catherine Finkley as Edgewood Elementary School’s Assistant Principal for Instruction.


Finkley comes to Homewood from Paine Elementary School in Trussville where she has served as their assistant principal for three years.  Prior to her administrative position, Finkley was a second grade teacher at Paine Primary School.


She earned her bachelor’s degree from Alabama State University in computer information systems and went on to receive her master’s degree in elementary education from Samford University where she also received her educational specialist degree.  Finkley is currently pursuing her doctorate from Samford University.

In 2017, Finkley was selected to speak at the Dean’s Executive Council as the “Student Spotlight” as Samford University where she has also had the opportunity of presenting at educational forums and workshops.


"I am excited to welcome Catherine to Homewood City Schools and Edgewood Elementary,” Edgewood’s upcoming Principal Laura Tate said. “Her previous experience as an elementary classroom teacher and elementary administrator will be an asset to the school.  I look forward to working alongside Catherine ensuring Edgewood continues to be a school where teachers and students love to work and learn." 

Catherine Finkley, Assistant Principal