Frank L. Finale is a distinguished past educator and writer who has accrued 55 years in his fields of interest. At the inception of his career, he served as a teacher at Toms River Regional Schools in New Jersey, holding the position from 1964 until his retirement from education in 2002. Interested in writing from a young age, he has also served Jersey Shore Publications as a writer since 1996. Since the formative years of his life, he has always wanted to express in words the experiences he witnessed, desiring to express them in a different light than what was conventional. Enjoying and playing with the sounds and meanings of words, he also found great pleasure in surrounding himself with like-minded individuals whose imagination was not stifled. Attending college during the early part of his career, he received a Bachelor of Education from the Ohio State University in 1964. Deciding to take one year off to focus on writing poetry, he got his first poem published by a poetry magazine, Epos, in 1966.
While serving as a teacher, Mr. Finale attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned a Master of Arts in human development in 1976. Since that time, he has been a longtime presenter at the Young Authors Conference since 1985 and was involved in the Governor’s Teacher Program at East Dover Elementary School in 2002. The author of seven books and editor, co-editor and editor-in-chief of numerous publications, he notably founded the Without Halos Magazine. To remain abreast of developments in the
industry, he additionally maintains affiliation with the National Education Association, the Academy of American Poets, the New Jersey Education Association and the Ocean County Poets Collective, where he was a founding member.
As a testament to his profound success, Mr. Finale has received myriad accolades and honors. Nominated for the Pushcart Press Prize, he was named Teacher of the Year for 2002 and 2003 and was honored with an Exemplary Service Award from the International Literacy Association and Ocean County ReadingCouncil in 1993. Furthermore, he received a President’s Scholarship Award from The Ohio State University in 1963 and an athletic scholarship to Baylor University during his undergraduate studies. The proud father of three sons and grandfather of five grandchildren, Mr. Finale enjoys reading, watching films and comedians, and listening to music in his spare time.
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