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About Me

Hi there!
 
I'm Mr. Finkelstein, and this will be my third year teaching at PRA. I currently teach 11th grade English and am the head coach of Boys Tennis in the fall and Girls Tennis in the spring. I moved back to Colorado a few years ago from Austin, Texas, where I'd been teaching at KIPP Austin Collegiate (also a charter school). Originally from Colorado Springs, however, I'm thrilled to be back in my home state. As T.S. Eliot put it, "In the mountains, there you feel free."  
 
I earned my Bachelor's Degree at Stanford University, where I majored in English and took classes in history, theater, philosophy, politics, and film. I then went on to receive an MFA in Screenwriting at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. I always knew that in addition to writing, however, I wanted to teach, and I've spent the last six years sharing my passion for literature and history with middle and high school students.
 
This year I'll be teaching two AP Language & Composition classes, two American Lit classes, and one Creative Writing elective. You can always find assignments, syllabi, and other class documents on my individual course pages below.
 
Outside of class, I enjoy reading, skiing, movies of all types, rare first editions, Scrabble, poetry, screenwriting, photography, vinyl (records not floors), camping, Oxford commas, and tennis. Go Miners!
 
 
Work phone: 720.399.0300 (ext. 2216)
 
Mr. Finkelstein by a mountain lake