Maryam Razvi Padela is an educator and researcher. She taught for a few years in Islamic schools (including evening and weekend schools) and both urban and suburban public school settings. Maryam also holds teaching certifications (New York State and Illinois) in PreK-6th grade. Her particular research interests include investigating pedagogies used while teaching and learning about religion. Her dissertation was titled “The Representation and Mediation of Religion in Social Studies Classrooms and Textbooks.” Maryam also holds teaching certifications in PreK-6th grade. Her education includes a BA: Religious studies with a minor in elementary education, an MS: Teaching and Curriculum, and an EdD: Teaching and Curriculum.
Maryam has over 20 years experience in the field of education. During that time she has both taught in a variety of settings and explored education from a research standpoint. Maryam began her undergraduate studies looking to pursue medicine but quickly realized that she was far more passionate about religion and how students learned about it. Indeed, studying religion and education in tandem has been the focus of her experience and research. She has presented at nationally known conferences and consulted for Templeton Foundation as well as the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU). Maryam lives in Evanston, Il with her husband and four children, Alhamdulilah.