Timothy Finkbeiner, Interim Principal
Mr Finkbeiner is honored and excited to serve as principal at Madison Elementary School. He comes to Madison with 15 years administrative experience, having recently moved from Montana to be closer to family in Minnesota. A graduate of Kansas State University, Finkbeiner started his career working with children as a primary counselor in group homes, which led to him creating a program for runaways in Atchinson, Kansas. His passion for education grew and he returned to school, earning his teaching and administrative degrees.
After earning his degrees, he served as principal and deputy superintendent in a rural mountain town in Colorado, principal of an elementary and middle school for severely emotionally disturbed children in a large, urban district in Wichita, Kansas. He was also the principal of an elementary and middle school on the Salish and Kootenai reservation in Montana. After arriving in Minnesota last year, he served as an assistant principal at Tech High School. Finkbeiner is passionate about creating learning environments that are reflective, restorativea and serve all needs of the students and families that walk through the doors. He believes that through parental and community connections, relationships, reflection and relentless compassion, Madison will continue striving for excellence. He is proud to be a Mustang.
Finkbeiner loves spending time with his wife and two children. His hobbies are building and customizing old cars with his son and coaching and watching his daughter’s softball games.
Kimberly McVay, Assistant Principal
Kimberly McVay is the assistant principal at Madison Elementary. She has worked for more than 20 years as an elementary classroom teacher and instructional coach in urban and suburban school districts. She served for six years as an elementary assistant principal in the St. Paul Public School District before working as assistant principal at Madison last school year. McVay earned her master's degree in the K-12 Reading Specialist License area at Buffalo State College in her hometown Buffalo, NY and she earned her K -12 Administration degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
She loves working in the St. Cloud Area School District and is Mustang proud. McVay’s mission is to work together with all staff, families and students to create a positive learning environment with a high-quality education where every child will thrive and excel academically and socially.
“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.“ – Marian Wright Edelman