Emily Echols » Specials


Acclaimed teacher Donalyn Miller observes in the Book Whisperer, “Reading changes your life. Reading unlocks worlds unknown or forgotten, taking travelers around the world and through time. Reading helps you escape the confines of school and pursue your own education. Through characters – the saints and the sinners, real or imagined – reading shows you how to be a better human being.” For this, and many other reasons, I am excited to continue working with a vibrant community of readers in the St. Francis Libraries for the 2017-2018 academic year.

After completing a B.A. in International Relations at Baylor University, I moved to Northern Ireland for a year to volunteer at the Quaker Cottage, a family center for women and children who have experienced trauma. Working with these inquisitive, imaginative children and a lifelong love of reading and research inspired me to complete an M.S. in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on School Librarianship. I am passionate about encouraging curiosity, discussion and engagement in each of my students, whether it’s through a novel, comic book or online. We have more information at our fingertips than ever before, so it’s crucial for students to practice discovering, distilling and utilizing these resources in a safe and productive way.

Engaging with the St. Francis community since 2013 has been an incredible honor. Our readers consistently inspire me with their diverse interests, deep questions, and outstanding creativity. I look forward to planning more author visits, hosting Book Fairs, building our SFSL collections with new books and research resources, leading student-driven electives, and collaborating with our community of faculty and families.

B.A. International Studies
Baylor University
May 2009
M.S. Information Studies School of Information
School of Information
The University of Texas at Austin
May 2013
Teaching Since: 2013
Phone Number: 512 454-0848 EXT:
Email: eechols@stfrancis-school.org