Mr. O'Toole had his first English teaching experience while studying abroad in Italy, in 2005. With a friend, he would exchange language lessons in cafes. This led him to serve as a US Peace Corps TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Volunteer in Ukraine. During his three-year service, he lived in the village of 1,500 people called Turya Pasika and taught 2nd grade through the University English programs. He taught for 3 years ESL at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership. In 2013, he moved to Denver and began teaching Language Arts in Denver Public Schools where he taught for 7 years. He's excited to work at Thornton Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year! Go Cougars!!!