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Tony Gerard is the kind of biology teacher that I wish every student in Southern Illinois had the good fortune to learn from. He’s passionate about teaching, he’s knowledgeable about biology and ecology, and he’s a role model for thoughtful, environmentally-friendly living.
Gerard grew up in Joppa, Illinois, but didn’t grow up wanting to be a teacher. However, through a series of fortunate events, he got a teaching certificate while at Morehead State University and has been teaching biology classes at Shawnee Community College for 30 years.
These days, as Gerard ponders retirement, he lives on a 90-acre homestead adjacent to the Cache River State Natural Area with his wife, Berna, and their two young sons.