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Director of Instruction & Edgewood Elementary Assistant Principal Named

Homewood City Schools is proud to announce Dr. Patrick Chappell as Director of Instruction and Catherine Finkley as Edgewood Elementary School’s Assistant Principal.


Dr. Patrick Chappell has served as Homewood’s Director of Instructional Support Patrick Chappell since 2005 where he has assisted the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction in the implementation and development of curriculum.  As the Director for Instruction, Dr. Chappell will be responsible for the program of instruction in all grades of the Homewood School System. His primary duties will include collaborating with staff members that are directly concerned with instruction to provide the best possible educational programs for the children of Homewood.


In 1994, Dr. Chappell came to Homewood as a middle school seventh and eighth grade language arts and social studies teacher before joining Homewood High School where he was named the Assistant Principal for Instruction.


Throughout his career in Homewood, Dr. Chappell has helped develop a culture of collaboration in the district and has grown the system’s professional learning program based on best practices and research that includes district, school-based, and summer programming. Dr. Chappell helped develop and implement the system's learning targets and its standards-based grading initiative. He also facilitated the district's last two administrative cohorts, in conjunction with Samford University, helping to develop the next generation of leaders in Homewood Schools.


Dr. Chappell received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo in secondary education and his master’s degree in English education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  He then earned his administrative certificate, education specialist degree, and doctorate in educational leadership from Samford University. Since 2003, Dr. Chappell has also served as an adjunct professor at Samford University, often serving on the dissertation committees of Homewood administrators.


“Dr. Chappell is well prepared to direct the instructional program in Homewood City Schools.  He has vast knowledge in instructional best practice and years of experience with instructional collaborations both in Homewood and around the state.  I am very proud of him and confident of his abilities,” said Dr. Betty Winches, retiring Assistant Superintendent for Instruction.


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 Catherine Finkle 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."