Dave Finley’s career and life has been marked by his 40 years of service in education and his desire to make a difference. Dave has
earned a BS degree in 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
focused upon language acquisition and development.
While in Nebraska, Dave 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, Dave was recruited as a consultant for the US Dept.
of Education – Migrant Education, working with 107 school districts in nine states developing effective language acquisition programs.
After a request for services in Mexico, Dave worked with universities and schools in Guanajuato and Puebla. This led to consulting in
eleven countries, ending with Mainland China. During his 4.5 years in China, Dave worked with 64 universities in 6 provinces, as well as
several private programs involving 16 high schools.
Dave recently retired and returned with his wife Jessie to Colorado, setting up home in Fort Collins where they are focusing upon the
development of their linguistic center, DPLA Trilingual Education.