SETH BRADY (Naperville central high school)
Seth Brady (Illinois) is a social studies teacher at Naperville Central High School. His course load typically includes Comparative Religions, World Cultures, Sociology, and Peace and Conflict Studies. In 2013, Seth was named a Teachers for Global Classrooms fellow by the US Department of State and studied religion and culture in Indonesia. This fellowship led to the creation of Illinois Global Scholar, a global education certificate for high school students. This initiative, which Mr. Brady directs, awards merit on the Illinois transcript to students who demonstrate global competence. Seth is strongly committed to religious literacy and understanding. He is co-founder of the Illinois Educators of Religion PLC, co-chairs the NCSS Religious Studies Special Interest Community, and advises the Hindu American Foundation. In addition, Seth has worked with the Religious Freedom Center, the Germanacos Foundation, and ASCD to develop culturally-responsive curriculum and professional development models for religious literacy. Seth is an author of the Religious Studies Supplement to the C3 Framework and was a finalist for Illinois State Teacher of the Year in 2015. Mr. Brady has undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Social Science from the University of Chicago. Seth lives in Naperville, Illinois with his wife and three children.
john camardella (prospect high school)
John Camardella (Illinois) teaches World Religion at Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois. John graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2003 and completed graduate degrees at St. Xavier University in 2008 and 2011. For the last decade, John has developed his world religion curriculum with college professors and is currently working with scholars from the Religious Freedom Center in Washington D.C. on modular lesson plans to increase religious literacy in public schools. He is a proud member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Hindu American Foundation with Seth and Chris and recently completed a Religious Studies program through the Interfaith Center of New York and Columbia University. This past year, he designed and taught his first adult religion course intended strictly for the parents of his students. John worked alongside Seth as an author of the Religious Studies Supplement to the C3 Framework and has presented sections of the curriculum at both the state and national level. Later this year, John and Dr. Ahluwalia from the Kaur Foundation, will have a chapter on Sikhism published in the upcoming book, Teaching about Religion in the Social Studies Classroom edited by Dr. Charles C. Haynes. John has studied religion in over 20 countries during his career at Prospect and lives outside Chicago with his wife Lindy and their two daughters, Peyton and Marley.
Chris murray (Walter johnson high school)
Chris Murray (Maryland) is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda MD. A teacher of World Religions since 2005, Murray has taught over 1,000 students. In 2016, Murray, Camardella, and Brady received one of the first ASCD Teacher Impact Grants to expand the nation’s first Religious Literacy for Educators course which he start in 2015. Murray has been invited to speak about teaching World Religions and creating teacher trainings with the Secretary of Education, White House, and U.S. Department of State and has been featured on CBS News and in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Murray has received recognition for his approach to inclusive teaching by GLSEN, Kaur Foundation, Sikh Coalition, 9/11 Tribute Center and Tanenbaum. Later this year, Chris will have a chapter published in an upcoming book, Teaching about Religion in the Social Studies Classroom on using films to teach world religions edited by Dr. Charles C. Haynes.In addition to taking a course through the Religious Freedom Center, Murray has a M.S. in Curriculum Design, a M.Ed. in Special Education, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Holocaust Studies. Chris lives in Rockville, MD with his wife Erika and their two sons, CJ and Rex.
Jasper Huerto - STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Jasper Huerto is an artist currently earning his Fine Arts degree through Harper Community College before moving onto Art School. He was hired to document this Religious Literacy for Educators course and will be in attendance for all lectures and site visits. Jasper came to the United States with his family in 2009 to take advantage of the opportunity this country provides. He graduated from Prospect High School in 2015 and had the pleasure of taking John Camardella’s World Religion course. Needless to say, Jasper found inspiration in religion, in both conceptual and personal terms. He is currently collaborating with his hero/mentor John “Cuba” Camardella in creating visual representations for each of the major religions of the world. Together, they hope to spread peace and understanding and will offer these images as ways to increase compassion and religious literacy. These ten works of art will be released throughout the next school year, and Jasper will complete paintings honoring: Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Confucianism, Christianity, Shintoism, Taoism, and Humanism.