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educator , librarian , writer

Judy Finchler is an American educator, librarian and writer. She is the co-author of the Miss Malarkey series.


Judy Finchler was born on March 28, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey, United States. She is the daughter of Sidney Gold, a postal worker, and Harriet (Schnittlich) Gold, a teacher.


Initially, Finchler was educated at Eastside High School. Judy got Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964, graduating from Montclair State University. She also attended William Paterson University of New Jersey and attained elementary school certification.

Judy Finchler obtained teacher-librarian certification, graduating from Kean University.


Judy Finchler started her career as a school teacher in Paterson in 1964, a position she held till 1967. Ten years later, in 1977, she began to work as a supplemental instructor, holding the post to 1981, when Judy was appointed a teacher at Paterson Board of Education. Finchler held the post of a teacher till 1986. Since 1986 she started to work as a teacher-librarian.

Currently, Judy is a retired elementary school teacher and librarian.


  • In 1994 Finchler received the Outstanding Service Award from the Instructional Services Department.


Quotations: "I’ve always loved writing. Whether in a story, poem, letter, or even a grant proposal, words have always been my dearest friends. Finding the best word, the most appropriate phrase, arranging, rearranging, and expressing my ideas are all deeply satisfying. The experience of seeing my words in print in bookstores and libraries has greatly surpassed even what I envisioned it to be."


  • National Education Association

    National Education Association , United States

  • New Jersey Education Association , United States

  • Paterson Educational Association

    Paterson Educational Association , United States


Judy Finchler married Jerome Finchler, an accountant, on August 11, 1963. The couple has two children – Todd and Lauren Finchler Fitch.

Sidney Gold - postal worker

Harriet (Schnittlich) Gold - teacher

Todd Finchler

Lauren Finchler Fitch

Jerome Finchler - accountant