Dr. Kathleen O’Toole is the Headmaster of Founders Classical Academy of Leander, a classical charter school north of Austin, TX. From the Headmaster’s Desk takes Founders families and members of the community into the halls of our school to learn about classical education.

Dr. O’Toole grew up in Claremont, a small college town in Southern California. She attended the University of Dallas, a liberal arts college in Irving, TX famous for its core curriculum. Like most UD students, she spent her college years laboring through countless pages of the great works of history, literature, and philosophy and emerged having learned to like it. She graduated with a BA in Politics and moved back to California, where she began a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy. While in school, she was an editor for the Claremont Review of Books, a quarterly journal of political thought and statesmanship.

Dr. O’Toole has presented academic papers on Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, Shakespeare, and Alexis de Tocqueville. Her doctoral dissertation is on Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics and examines the place of moral virtue in the happy life, focusing on magnanimity, justice, and prudence. Her career in higher education showed her how important good moral and intellectual formation is before college and before adulthood. She lives in Austin with her husband Daniel and two gray cats.


Founders Classical Academy of Leander

A classical charter school established in 2014 by Responsive Education Solutions and Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative, Founders Classical Academy of Leander serves students in grades K through 12. The school is tuition-free with an open admission policy and is accredited through the Texas Education Agency.

The mission of Founders Classical Academy is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young men and women through a rigorous, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in good character and civic virtue.