Alec Finch

Success Coach

Began at Teachwell:


Why did you choose this field?

I initially thought I would be an IT manager for the longest time in my life. I went to school for it initially. After falling into a role as an Education Assistant in 2018, I have fallen in love with education. I never had intentions of being in education for long, but now I can't see myself anywhere else.

What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?

I always wanted to play baseball or be a baseball coach when I was growing up. I have somewhat gotten my wish, coaching baseball for a few different organizations over the last 7 years. Baseball is my second love and even has taught me a thing or two about the students I work with!

What or who most inspires you?

My wife inspires me every day. She is kind and funny, and I try to take that energy every day and put it towards good in the classroom, and in life in general.

Why Teachwell?

Teachwell is doing so many important things for so many students. When I saw I could make a difference here, I knew I had to be a part of it.

What are you proudest of?

I originally went to school for Cyber Operations in 2014, but did not last long after discovering how much math was involved. Since then, I have decided to go back to school and study Behavioral Sciences and am incredibly excited to take my skills from the classroom and put them to use... in the classroom.

How do you hope to make a difference?

I want my students to know that mistakes are ok. It is ok to step away for a little bit, as long as you get back up and try again.

What lessons has your work life taught you?

Work life has taught me that failure will happen. It's the successes we find from the failures that will help mold us as people and improve ourselves for others.

What is your background? Experience, degrees, skills, etc.?

I have been in the Sioux Falls school district as an Education Assistant for about 4 years, at two different schools. I also have coached baseball for 7 years.

People would be surprised to know that I . . .

enjoy symphonic music. I could not for the life of me tell you what any of the music is called, but I might be able to tell you which instrument is being played.