212 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Marilyn Anderson Rhames is an author, speaker, and founder of the nonprofit Teachers Who Pray. She is also an education consultant specializing in the intersectionality of race, faith, and public education. Her book The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons That Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education is studied in a course at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marilyn's work has led to her speaking in the Oval Office at the White House, giving the TEDx talk "Why Faith Will Fix Education," and helping to design Harvard's Leadership Institute of Faith and Education. After a career as a New York City reporter for People, TIme, Newsday, and the Journal-News, Marilyn changed careers to be an elementary and middle school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools for 14 years. During that time, she authored a weekly blog for Education Week and the Education Post; she also wrote education commentary for The New York Times and the Huffington Post, and the Bammy Awards named her the 2013 Education Blogger/Commentator of the Year. Marilyn holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master's degree in education from National Louis University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Arkansas in order to explore the many ways in which race and religion impact student education outcomes and teacher success.