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The Religion Teacher provides practical resources and teaching strategies to help religious educators transform the lives of the young people they teach.

The Religion Teacher’s Mission: As Christ’s witnesses, we make disciples everywhere. (Acts 1:8, Mt 28:19)

The Religion Teacher’s Vision: A Church of Spirit-filled disciples who can’t keep their faith to themselves.

Read more about The Religion Teacher’s Mission, Vision, and Strategy.

Together we are introducing our students to Christ, helping them develop a personal relationship with him, encouraging them to seek understanding of our faith, and giving them the tools to welcome Christ into their daily lives both today and for the rest of their lives.

As religion teachers or catechists, we need practical resources and teaching strategies to help us meet our students’ greatest needs. They need our help. They need us to be the best teachers and catechists we can be.

Whether you are a veteran teacher or have no educational background at all, you will find the practical resources, activities, lesson plans, prayers, and teaching strategies at The Religion Teacher to be great supplements to your catechetical work.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19-20

About Jared Dees

Jared Dees, The Religion TeacherJared Dees is the Digital Publishing Specialist at Ave Maria Press. He helps develop catholic textbooks and other catechetical materials for teens and teachers in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs. Jared has taught religion in Catholic schools and parish religious education programs at elementary school, middle school, and the high school level. He has led and directed numerous retreats for students and continues to volunteer as a catechist at his parish. He founded The Religion Teacher to help meet the needs of elementary, middle, and high school religion teachers and catechists who deserve high-quality, practical catechetical resources.

Jared studied history and religion at Miami University (OH) and then went on to earn two masters degrees from the University of Notre Dame. His Master’s in Education is from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program and he earned a Master of Arts in Theology at Notre Dame as well. Jared, his wife Jennifer, and their daughters live in South Bend, Indiana.

Jared is the author of the book 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator and The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide.

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*The content expressed at The Religion Teacher is the responsibility of Jared Dees and does not necessarily represent the views of Ave Maria Press, the Alliance for Catholic Education, the University of Notre Dame, or any other entity of the Roman Catholic Church.

Jared is the author of the free eBook, The Religion Teacher’s Guide to Lesson Planning. You can get a free copy by signing up for The Religion Teacher email newsletter.