About Us

Meet the Instructor

Tim McDonnell has worked professionally with students in high school and middle school since 1996. He taught Social Studies and English for ten years at Alice Fong Yu Alternative, a National Blue Ribbon School in San Francisco, and previously ran educational and personal development programs for young men on Chicago’s South Side, in the South Bronx, New York, and in the SF Bay Area. He holds Master’s Degrees in Social Studies Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and Modern European History from Marquette University.

Course Coordinator

Jorge Gomez, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at Reality Labs, Meta. He completed his doctorate in electrical engineering at the University of Notre Dame and his BA in engineering at the Universidad de los Andes in Chile. He has mentored youth through various educational programs in Chile and South Bend, IN.

Menlough Study Center

The Search for Man is sponsored by Menlough Study Center, which is dedicated to the academic and character formation of young men. The Christian orientation of its activities is the responsibility of Opus Dei, a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church. To learn more about Menlough Study Center, click here.


Menlough Study Center is dedicated to providing a safe educational environment for those who participate in its activities, especially all minors. To read more about our policies, click here.