Valley Oaks Elementary School 2014 Teacher of the Year - Patrick Toomey

Patrick Toomey
Valley Oaks Elementary School
Grade 5, Math and Social Studies

Saint Xavier University (Chicago, Ill.), Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education, 2008

Teaching History

Valley Oaks Elementary School, 2012-Present
Calumet Public School District 132, Fall 2011
Valley Oaks Elementary School, Spring 2011
Hunters Creek Elementary School, Fall 2010
Illinois School, Matteson School District 162, 2008-2010

Five years total of teaching experience

In his own words…

“My ultimate goal as a teacher is to contribute to my students well being and view of themselves in the grander picture of the world. It is an ongoing goal to show them that their actions and efforts will not only have an effect on them today but for many years to come.”

In the words of others . . .

“As Patrick’s teaching partner, I have found him to be a rock that I can always count on. He has spent the past 3½ years inspiring, amazing, humbling and encouraging me. He does the same for the entire population of Valley Oaks Elementary School. Patrick is a beacon of light for our 5th grade team, and for so many programs that are successful at Valley Oaks.”
 – Valley Oaks Elementary Fifth-Grade Teacher, Marcia Looper

“Patrick is generous, kind, funny, organized, intelligent and a fabulous future Master Teacher. He is a risk taker, he never takes no for an answer, and he sets the bar as high as he can for his students to reach. I honestly believe that when Patrick came to Valley Oaks, we became a better school because he was hired.”
Valley Oaks Librarian Becky S. Lee

Selected Honors, Awards & Activities:

Sunshine Committee, Member, Valley Oaks Elementary, Spring Branch ISD,2013-Present
PTA School Bell Nominee, Valley Oaks Elementary, Spring Branch ISD, 2013-2014
Outstanding First Year Teacher Award, Illinois School, Matteson School District 162, 2008-2009

Exceptional Work with Youth Ministry Recognition, Archdiocese of Chicago, 2008


Spring Branch ISD