Tim Coughlan

  • English Teacher

    B.A. History w/ an emphasis on Secondary Education & English Northern Illinois University
    M.S. Teaching & Learning Illinois State University

    "There is always a well-known solution to every human problem — neat, plausible, and wrong" -H.L. Mencken

  • Phone:

    ext. 8120
  • Where did you grow up?

    I grew up in the suburbs outside of Chicago, in a small city called Crystal Lake.

  • Tell us about your family.

    I come from a pretty big family. I am the fourth of five siblings. I have two brothers and two sisters. Besides me (obviously), and my brother who is just outside of Phoenix, everyone still resides around Chicago.

  • Share something about yourself that might surprise people.

    I was a cover model for our local mall in my youth...that mall has since closed. Coincidence? Draw your own conclusions.

  • Briefly describe your work experience.

    I have taught English and history since graduating college. Most of my time was spent in large, public schools in Illinois, but when I moved to Arizona, I worked a residential boarding school.

  • If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?

    I would go to Ireland. Both of my parents have roots there, so spending a week traveling around the that country is something that I have always wanted to do.

  • What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

    I enjoy nerdy endeavors of all sorts: reading, gaming (board or video), trivia, watching movies, listening to music.

  • Name a movie or book that had a profound effect on your life. Briefly describe why.

    Dragons of Autumn Twilight. It is the first book I remember being absolutely glued to. To me, it was a turning point, symbolic of the time during which I became a more voracious reader.

  • What draws you most to this type of work?

    What draws me to education, to school, is that fact that I love learning, What draws me to a place like Summit, however, is something more than that. We seek places that are reflective of our own beliefs and values, in school and otherwise, and ones in which we can see part of our own experiences reflected. I see that at Summit.

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