Finley Committee recognizes ‘Teachers in the Trenches’

Published 5:08 pm Wednesday, January 31, 2018


HOOVER – The Finley Committee recently recognized three teachers, including one from Riverchase Elementary School, for going beyond the call of duty to serve students in the Hoover community and school district at a breakfast at Hunter Street Baptist Church.


This award, titled “Teachers in the Trenches,” honors individuals whose kindness and dedication reach far beyond the classroom. The Finley Committee selected three individuals — one from elementary, middle and high school — to receive this award.

The following teachers were nominated and selected to receive the recognition for 2018:

-Blake Gilchrist, physical education teacher at Riverchase Elementary School. Gilchrist was chosen as a teacher who truly builds strong relationships with both students and parents, as well as any others he comes in contact with while representing the school system as an educator.

-Rebecca Bueche, eighth grade language arts teacher at Simmons Middle School. Bueche was chosen as a teacher whose impact on her students extends far beyond the classroom. She is known for being an advocate for students’ physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

-Lisa Gibson, 11th Grade English teacher at Hoover High School. Gibson was chosen as a teacher who always has an infectious, positive attitude and for making students feel important. She often uses her own financial resources to make sure students have the type of facilities and technology equipment needed for learning.

“These exceptional leaders each exemplify the character that is celebrated by the Finley Award and the goals of the committee,” Hoover City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy said. “We are very proud of each of the winners that were recognized this week.”

The Finley Committee is also currently seeking nominations for the annual “Finley Awards” where two students and one Hoover City Schools employee will be honored in mid-March at the annual awards ceremony.

Nominations can be made until Feb. 1 at

The Finley Award Committee for character education was created in 1996. The committee hosts events throughout the year to recognize students and teachers who exhibit exceptional character in the spirit of Coach Bob Finley — the committee’s namesake.

Longtime coach and educator at W.A. Berry High School, Finley led by example and was known for his calm demeanor, integrity and strong faith.