Tim Tynan has taught history at The Academy since Fall of 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature and an Illinois teaching certificate in Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Tynan worked as a freelance writer for The River Clipper, a free bimonthly publication that was distributed in Chicago’s riverfront area. He also worked as a licensed real estate agent and property manager. His career as an educator began at Lane Technical High School in 1994. From 1996 to 2000, Tynan taught college composition and research writing at Truman College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, where he also served as an ESL instructor in the college’s Adult Language Skills Program and a writing tutor in its Writing Across the Curriculum program. In addition to teaching at The Academy, Tynan regularly leads several movie discussion groups in the northern suburbs of Chicago.