Dr. Kathleen O'Toole

Dr. O’Toole is the founding headmaster of Founders Classical Academy of Leander. She grew up in Claremont, a small college town in Southern California. She attended the University of Dallas, where she graduated with a BA in Politics before moving back to California to study American politics and political philosophy at Claremont Graduate University.

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.

While in graduate school, she was an editor for the Claremont Review of Books, a quarterly journal of political thought and statesmanship. Dr. O'Toole was awarded a Publius Fellowship from the Claremont Institute, and is on the boards of the Classic Learning Test and the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Study of Core Texts and Ideas at the University of Texas at Austin.

Her career in higher education showed her how important good moral and intellectual formation is before college and before adulthood. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband Daniel.


Dr. O'Toole's periodic writing on life at Founders, classical education, and our curriculum.

Scouts' Honor, by Kathleen O'Toole

Claremont Review of Books, Vol. XI, Number 4

A review of The Official Handbook for Boys, 1st Edition and the Boy Scouts' Handbook, 12th Edition.

"The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their hundredth anniversary last year, and this year is the centennial of The Handbook for Boys, their first official manual. Comparing it with the current edition of the handbook—the 12th, published in 2009—shows that the small outpost of civilization manned by the Scouts holds on bravely in America. But decades of aggressive political correctness have had their effect, and the Scouts have lost some of the confident American boyishness that loves heroes and makes for heroes. This is too bad for the more than 3 million boys enrolled in the Scouts today, and for the society in which they will grow up to become men."