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Former Illinois wrestler Seth Brady nominated for Teacher of the Year

Courtesy of Illinois Sports Information

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Former Illini grappler Seth Brady (1994-97) has been named a finalist for the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year. He is one of 12 finalists for the award.

“From the very first day I started teaching in District 203, I realized this is an extraordinary place to be an educator,” said Brady, who teaches anthropology, comparative religions and world cultures at Naperville Central High School. “I feel privileged to be a part of a community of students, parents, and staff who care so deeply about the education and welfare of kids. As a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year, I feel great pride in the opportunity to represent such an outstanding school district.”

“This is great news for District 203 and Seth,” said Naperville Community Unit School District 203 superintendent Dan Bridges. “We’re always honored to have our teachers recognized for their passion and commitment for making a difference in our students’ lives.”

Brady was a three-time NCAA qualifier during his time with the Illini wrestling team. His 91 career wins are tied for 23rd in the program’s history. In 1997, Brady was awarded the Big Ten Medal of Honor for his work in the classroom, on the wrestling mat and in the community. He was also named an NWCA Academic All-American twice in his career.

The 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year will be announced during the Those Who Excel banquet Saturday, Oct. 25, at the Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Normal. The Teacher of the Year will represent Illinois at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala., and in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ National Teacher of the Year Program.

ISBE Official Release

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