M. Rachel Shankles

Mary Shankles

Title: Practicum Coordinator, Author
Company: University of Central Arkansas
Location: Bismarck, Arkansas, United States

M. Rachel Shankles, Practicum Coordinator and Author at the University of Central Arkansas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in English, writing and higher education.

Ms. Shankles is an esteemed educator and author who has amassed more than 45 years of professional excellence in her areas of expertise. A practicum coordinator in the Library Media Program with the department of leadership studies at the University of Central Arkansas since 2017, she previously held the role of south central regional world understanding chair and regional world understanding chair with Alpha Delta Kappa since 2017. Prior to these positions, she was a librarian, technical coordinator, and English teacher at Lakeside High School, as well as an English teacher at Sylvan Hills High School. Locally, she has acted as elder, education chair, and Chi Rho Sunday School teacher of the First Christian Church since 2010. She is also volunteering with the ADK World Understanding Mission to Haiti in 2018.

To prepare for her illustrious career, Ms. Shankles pursued an education at the University of Arkansas, earning a Bachelor of Science in English and social studies in 1970 and a Master of Science in secondary counseling in 1977. She subsequently earned a Master of Science in library science and educational media from the University of Central Arkansas in 1988.

The former president of the Arkansas chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media, Ms. Shankles is a prolific author and has contributed a number of articles to Kappan and Disciple throughout her career. Most recently, she just debuted “Triple S Farm Adventures: Hawkie’s in Trouble,” a children’s book discussing her adventures with her grandchildren on her family farm. In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments in education, she was honored with the Lifetime Award for Outstanding Media in 2002 and the Herb Lawrence Leadership Award from the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media in 2004.

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