Toby Arritola is the principal at Mountain Vista Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado. With more than 20 years of experience as an educator, Toby specializes in and advocates for developing PLCs and a healthy school culture. He has also served as a teacher and assistant principal, as well as an administrator for a variety of schools in California and Colorado.
Toby opened Mountain Vista Elementary in 2014 and has since led his team in implementing foundations of PLCs, as well as structures to ensure time and support for all students to achieve high levels of success. He believes student achievement and collective efficacy are a result of collaboration, critical attention to student data, and team implementation of best-practice instructional strategies, which are all enveloped within PLCs. In 2018, Mountain Vista achieved Model PLC School status.
Toby has worked as a principal in diverse settings, including a Title 1 school, where he worked with all stakeholders to transform the school culture and work in collaborative teams to change the state school rating from “improvement” to “performance” status in four years. He currently presents and facilitates learning opportunities for administrators and teachers across the Cherry Creek School District and the state of Colorado, serving as a mentor in PLC development and implementation.
Toby earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Oregon University and his master’s degree in educational administration and leadership from Chapman University in Southern California.