Terry Mondy earned his BS in Biology Education from the University of Illinois, and was awarded the College of Education's Edmund James Scholarship. He graduated with “High Honors with Distinction in the Curriculum.”
His MS in Biology, from Purdue University, was earned while on a complete
scholarship from the National Science Foundation. Having earned a perfect
5.0 average, he graduated first in his class.
In June, 2002, he retired, after 33 years as a science teacher at Wheeling High
School, Wheeling, Illinois.
In 1992, the Illinois Science Teachers Association voted him one of the ten best science teachers in Illinois, and in 1992 and 2001, he received High School District 214's Outstanding Contributions to Education Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers honored him as the Outstanding Biology Teacher in Illinois for school year 1999-2000.
Due to his teaching evidence both for and against evolution, he and his school were attacked by the American Civil Liberties Union and other pressure groups. The attacks
A grant from his high school district made it possible for him to join a research team that discovered a dinosaur along the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas. In the summer of 1991, he did a research project on catastrophic geology and biological recovery at Mount St. Helens in Washington. In 1997, he did ecological research in and around Grand Teton National Park. In October 1998, he was on a research team that photographed and studied polar bears near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.
Publications and Appearances:
He has published more than 25 articles relating to the Creation/Evolution issue. He was a speaker and had a paper published at The Second International Conference on Creationism in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two books:
Making Your Biology/Life Science Class the Best It Can Be and
New and Innovative Strategies for Accelerating Student Achievement and Motivation in your Biology/Life Science Classes.
In his educational video THE GREAT DEBATE: Evolution vs. Creation,
he took the roles of the evolutionist, the creationist, and the moderator,
ably representing what both sides usually say in such situations. It was distributed nationwide and in 15 countries to public schools, colleges, universities, and churches and has been endorsed by the Illinois Science Teachers Association's
School Library Journal, and
For twelve years he was a speaker for the Bureau of Education and Research in Seattle. He presented a one-day seminar throughout North America for life science teachers on how to make their biology classes the best they can be. His seminars have been attended by thousands of life science teachers. He also has been on the faculty at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, and Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
He has appeared on national television and on Moody Radio's
Open Line. He has been interviewed for CTV's Channel 40 in Pittsburgh, and D. James Kennedy's Coral Ridge Ministries in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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