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St. Paul’s will hire, develop and retain quality faculty who mentor students to achieve success and who create a culture of excellence throughout all divisions and programs.

Each project is intended to challenge students both technically and creatively. There are infinite variations from a single block of wood.

Doug Finkel Middle School Faculty

Doug Finkel Middle School Faculty

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Doug Finkel Profile

Woodworking teacher Doug Finkel is a widely known and accomplished wood artist. His work is included in many private and public collections including the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work has also appeared in numerous books, magazines, and other publications. Prior to his arrival at St. Paul’s in 2010, Doug taught Woodworking at the George School in Newtown, PA, at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, VA, and for 11 years was an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In addition to teaching, Doug has worked independently for many years producing one-of-a-kind furniture and sculpture for exhibitions, shows, and on commission.

“In woodworking classes at most other schools, the teacher gives every student the same plan, the same materials, and the outcome is always the same. There’s little room for creativity. In my classes, no two designs are ever exactly alike. Each project is intended to challenge students both technically and creatively. I’ll say here’s the wood, here are the lathe, the drill press, and the band saw you’re going to use. Now, what are you going to do? There are infinite variations from a single block of wood.
Last year, the first group of fifth graders that I taught here at St. Paul’s moved on to the Upper School. Getting to watch these young men as they mature is such a wonderful opportunity. I love to see the growth and development of their conceptual thinking, their craftsmanship, and their artistic skills. We have students turning out very advanced pieces, and when these pieces leave the shop it’s a moment of incredible pride.”

Faculty Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Retain a diverse and highly qualified faculty within all divisions of the School to support and extend the excellent academic program.
    • Capital Campaign establishes as a priority support for faculty across the career arc: Recruit, Retain, Reward from early career to end of career.
    • Expand recruitment efforts among HBCUs, at Morgan State, and attend NAIS Diversity hiring fair.
  2. Initiative 2

    Invest in professional development that enables teachers to improve their capabilities and clearly identify a path to continue their careers at St. Paul’s.
    • Preliminary capital campaign discussions focusing on fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Academic Council finalized and approved a school wide Faculty Profile.
    • Capital campaign establishes as priority fully funding a faculty professional growth program.
    • Submission of grant proposal to E.E. Ford Foundation to fund instructional coaching program for Upper School teachers.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on: Teacher Evaluation and Professional Development.
  1. Initiative 3

    Recruit faculty using traditional as well innovative techniques that ensure our access to superior candidates.