Marilyn Anderson Rhames

Educator, Author, Speaker, Faith & Thought Leader

Marilyn Rhames is an award-winning education blogger and the Founder/CEO of Teachers Who Pray, a faith-based nonprofit organization that equips teachers to ground their work in prayer and spiritual practices. Marilyn is also the author of the upcoming book, "The Master Teacher: 12 Spiritual Lessons that Can Transform Schools and Revolutionize Public Education" (September 2018). She taught 3rd - 8th grade and counseled high school students in Chicago Public Schools for 14 years. Marilyn had been a New York City reporter (PEOPLE, TIME, Newsday, The Journal News) for the seven years before returning home to Chicago to become a teacher. She began blogging about education in 2011 for Education Week, and then continued contributing to Education Post, Huffington Post, RealClearEducation, Black Enterprise, Ebony Magazine, and others. She has also written/edited content for numerous publications, including a teacher magazine, preK-8 math curriculum, and a children's book. The TEDx speaker of the talk, "Finding the Courage to Voice the Taboo," Marilyn has served as a speaker and thought partner on education issues for institutions such as Yale, Harvard and Moody Radio Chicago. She holds a master’s degree in education from National Louis University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Marilyn is a wife, mother of three, and a follower of Jesus Christ.