Meet Your Teacher – Mrs. Toomey

Meet The Teacher

My name is Virginia Toomey and I have been fortunate to work with a wonderful community of families here at St. Rene Goupil School for over twenty-two years.  I am blessed with a loving family that includes my husband of nearly 40 years, a daughter who is also a teacher and my personal role model, and a terrific son-in-law!


I hold a Type 03 Illinois Teaching Certificate for grades K-9 and also hold a Masters Degree Type 10 Reading Specialist Certificate.  I attended St. Michael grammar school, St. Mary High School, and Saint Xavier University for both undergraduate and graduate work.


I was born and raised in Chicago at 24th and Oakley.  My husband and I enjoy friendly team rivalry as he is a Sox fan and I am an ever-hopeful Cubs fan!  I enjoy gardening, photography, and any and all Motown music.


Philosophy of Education

I believe that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.  I will provide each community of learners an opportunity to learn in a positive, nurturing, and peaceful classroom environment.  In addition I will teach to the needs of every child so all learners feel confident and successful.


Teaching is a lifelong learning process – learning new professional methods and strategies, learning from parents and community, learning from colleagues, and especially learning from children.  Through the eyes of children our hearts and minds are opened to the joys, the innocence, and the diversity of our world. Children are truly our greatest resource.


St. Rene Goupil School Experience

In my years at St. Rene Goupil School I have taught Kindergarten, second, and currently first grade.  Throughout the years I have worked with many loving and caring families who work very hard to provide their children with a Catholic education. I am always touched when students return as young adults to visit me and share school memories.  It reaffirms my belief that our world will be a better place with such wonderful youth to lead the way.


I am always inspired by the kindness and compassion of the children I teach.  They possess the values of friendship, honesty, integrity, and perseverance.  These are values learned long before the children enter my classroom — these are values instilled by loving families.  I admire the dedication and commitment our families invest in their child’s success and happiness.