About Us

DPLA Mission Statement

Mission: To provide students with language acquisition skills, culture, and knowledge to prepare them to become global citizens and contribute in the world of the future.

Purpose: Our purpose is to provide a variety of linguistic learning centers designed to meet the individual needs of each student, so they can excel in the development of communication competencies. The Trilingual focus is unique in that the individual learner can become proficient in the three languages of our program: English, Mandarin, and Spanish. These skills provide a world of opportunity for the student, as they will be able to communicate with 90% of the world’s population. Our innovative practices utilize an experiential learning environment that is safe, supportive and caring for all ages, backgrounds, learning styles, and cultures.

Distinctive Program for Language Acquisition

David Finley - President and Center Director for DPLA, Inc.

David Finley
President, Board Chair, and Center Director

Mr. David Finley’s career and life has been marked by his 40 years of service in education and his desire to make a difference. His early years were spent teaching the sciences and physical education to middle and high school students. He then became an assistant principal for an elementary school and soon moved on to fill the position of elementary school principal. David has earned a BS degree in physical education in 1978 from Colorado State University, a MS degree in education administration in 1995 from Chadron State College, and EdD degree in education administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2002. In both the MS and EdD programs, he also focused upon language acquisition and development.

While in Nebraska, David was on multiple commissions within the state and the main lead for language development for monolingual non-English students. His schools received national recognition for growth and performance. From this, David was placed on a national level team that worked with 107 school districts in nine states developing effective language acquisition programs.

After Nebraska, David moved back to Colorado where he again worked as an elementary school principal. During this time, David spoke yearly at numerous conferences, which included the National Association for Bilingual Education. During this time, David was requested for a two-month assignment in Mexico for two key educational commissions for English/Spanish transitions, and this was a natural fit because David is fluent in Spanish.

Several years later while speaking at a university in Shanghai, David was recruited by Ameson Education Foundation as the school’s Chief Academic Officer (CAO) for 16 mainland Chinese high schools. He was responsible for the academic programs, English language program, operations, systems, and professional development for each school within the restrictions of each province/municipal area. This position lasted for three years and expanded to include consulting for sixty four Chinese universities.

In July of 2017, David and his wife Jessie returned to Colorado, setting up home in Fort Collins. After working for Global Village Academy for a short time, David left in the summer of 2018 and began the process of building DPLA, Inc.

Jessie Finley - Tutorial Director for DPLA, Inc.

Jessie Finley
Board Secretary, Tutorial Director

A native of Mainland China, Jessie loves sharing and teaching her language, culture and traditions. She brings strong teaching skills and has previously taught preschool level Mandarin language classes. She also served as a translator for several corporations in China for both governmental and educational purposes.

Jessie has an associate degree from Nanjing Institute of Technology in Nanjing, China and a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Suzhou, China.

Since arriving in the U.S., Jessie has been a substitute teacher at the Global Village Academy Charter School for grades kindergarten through 8th and a Mandarin language teacher for the Global Village International Preschool. Besides language, Jessie taught the Chinese culture, arts and songs. She is currently the secretary of DPLA, she teaches Mandarin, art and Chinese culture and is a communications contact with sister schools in Nanjing, China and Guanacaste, Costa Rica.