Dear DVUSD Community,
It’s hard to believe that we are already half-way through the second quarter of the school year and that Thanksgiving Break is upon us. This is the time of year to give thanks and be grateful. I am so thankful that I was led to Deer Valley Unified School District and joined this #Extraordinary family.
Every day, I’m impressed with the teachers, students, and support staff from across our District. The schools, technology, and programs are first rate. What has impressed me most are the people of DVUSD: The parents who care so much about their child’s education that they take time to get involved, volunteer, and attend meetings; the Governing Board Members who work hard to ensure that every student has access to extraordinary educational opportunities; the business and community partners who support our District because they care deeply about our community and our students’ successful future; and the teachers who welcome me during my classroom visits.
A couple of teachers were pretty wide-eyed when I stopped by their classroom to observe the best teaching and learning in the Valley. They haven’t had a Superintendent visit their classroom, and yet after their initial shock, they resumed the excellent teaching that our parents demand and our students deserve.
I could list all of Deer Valley’s accolades and achievements, but that’s not the intent of this holiday. At Thanksgiving, we gather our family (relatives, work family, neighbors, and friends) and tell them we are thankful to have them in our lives.
I am thankful that you are part of our Deer Valley family and grateful for all you do to help our students achieve success. Thank you for putting your heart into supporting our District. I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Curtis Finch, PhD
Curtis Finch, PhD
Dr. Finch’s quest for educational excellence began at an early age in Alaska with his mother as a school bus driver and father as the school district’s maintenance director; the school system was the center of the community. As a young adult, Curtis utilized the long summer days to skipper a commercial fishing boat, work construction, and mine gold to pay for his college education.
Curtis received a BA in Secondary Mathematics, a MA in Administration, and a PhD in Education. Dr. Finch has spent 24 years in administration at the Middle School, High School, Superintendent, and ISD levels. He has received two state Winner’s Circle awards and a Region III Superintendent of the Year award. The past eighteen years as a Superintendent has afforded Curt opportunities to shape educational issues, testifying before the Michigan Legislature, the FCC in Washington DC, and serving on local, state, and national committees. He has also passed multiple school levies, recently securing a $40 million Special Education Enhancement Millage and later creating Meceola Technical College for vocationally training adults.
Dr. Finch is married to Angie and has a daughter who is a math professor and a son who is completing his eye doctor residency.