Frances R. Finney

Phone: 205-379-3700


Degrees and Certifications:

Education Specialist Degree (EdS.) in Educational Leadership ~ Samford University, 2008 Master of Arts Degree (MA) in Administration ~ University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1998 Master of Arts Degree (MA) Early Childhood Education ~ University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1996 Bachelors of Science Degree (BS) in Early Childhood Education ~ University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1993

Frances R. Finney

National Distinguished Principal is now at Grantswood Community

Frances R. Finney was appointed Principal of Grantswood Community School on June 1, 2018.  

Mrs. Finney’s favorite quote in guiding her faculty and staff comes from Successories that says, "When a collection of brilliant minds, hearts and talents come together...expect a masterpiece." In order to be successful, we are open to everyone’s thoughts by working together, fighting for the same vision and goals, and then sharing these with all of our stakeholders…students, families, and community. High expectations and consistency are essential to becoming a great school, which takes continued efforts and support from each other to succeed.

 Mrs. Finney is known as “Teacher of our Hearts” to her students as she believes that you have to build relationships with them in order to create changes in their lives. Students have to trust you, know you care, and believe you will follow through with the expectations set for them. She will do anything to motivate her students. 



-Principal, Grantswood Community School, 2018-present

-Principal, Fultondale Elementary School, 2014-2018

-Principal, Gresham Elementary School, 2007-2014

-Assistant Principal, McAdory Elementary School, 2004-2007

-Kindergarten Teacher, Cahaba Heights Community School, 2000-2004

-First Grade Teacher, Hewitt Trussville Elementary, 1993-2000

- Co-founder and Director, St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church Child Care Center, 1984-1987


-CLAS Leadership Award Nominee, 2018

-NAESP National Distinguished Principal, 2014

-Alabama Association of Elementary School Principals (AAESA) District IV Distinguished Principal Award, 2013

-NAESP National Certified Principal Mentor, 2013-present

-Mentor in the Alabama New Principal Mentoring Program (ANPMP), 2012-present

-Member of CLAS, AAESA and AASCD, 2004-present

-Member of AAESA District IV, Offices held: Treasurer, Vice-President, President, and Past-President, 2006-present

-Key Leaders Network (KLN), 2012-2015

-Powerful Conversations Network (PCN), 2012-2015

-Member JefCoEd Administrator’s Association, 2004-present

-Board Member, 2010-present

-2019 Life Touch Memory Mission Team Member assisting Juncos, Puerto Rico school rebuild

-Active in many opportunities provided by Jefferson County including Feeder Pattern Work, Continuous Improvement Leadership Team (CILT)' Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)


On a personal note, Mrs. Finney attends St. George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church.  She loves spending time with family and friends, watching movies, Alabama football, and going to the beach. She is married to John R. Finney. They have four grown children-daughter, Katherine and Jeff Naish and three sons, Patrick and Lucy; Tim and Kristen; and Matthew and Ashleigh Finney. She loves being "Sitti" (Grandmommy) to Sophia, her first grandchild.