David Edmund Moody was born and raised in southern California, and attended undergraduate school at UC Berkeley during the 1960s. He took his Master’s Degree in Political Science at UCLA in 1970 and completed much of the coursework for a doctoral degree in Political Theory.
Moody was the first teacher hired at the newly opened Oak Grove School in Ojai, Calif., in 1975. He subsequently served as Educational Director (1980-1984), and as Director of the school (1984-1987), a position he held at the time of the death of the school’s founder, J. Krishnamurti.
After he left Oak Grove, Moody returned to graduate study at UCLA. He took his Ph.D. in Education in 1991. His dissertation research focused upon cognitive obstacles students encounter in their efforts to understand the theory of evolution. Portions of Moody’s research were published in the journal Science Education and in a book he co-authored, Mapping Biology Knowledge (Kluwer, 2000).
Moody is currently Director of the private tutorial service Mind Over Math, with offices in southern California. He is also a mathematics and science instructor with Laurel Springs School. Moody continues to pursue research in science education and related subjects, including the Gaia hypothesis. He also remains vitally interested in the teachings of J. Krishnamurti.