Echols seeks to foster community through teaching, leadership
Leslie Echols is a dedicated mother and hardworking example for the community. Echols did work with parks and recreation for years before changing her career course to the school system. Along with her job at North Augusta Middle School, she is also involved with her church, North Augusta First Baptist.
Although many would feel that being a mother of four, a teacher and an involved church member would be enough; Echols also makes time to be the leader of Hammond Hill Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization president. She loves the strong sense of community that North Augusta provides for her family. “Everybody watches over everybody else’s children,” Echols said. “I think this is a great community to raise a child in.”
Echols went to North Augusta High School and has learned about the importance of building relationships along the way. She wants to make sure her children understand that while they go through life the people they surround themselves with can make all the difference.
“I want them to know the connections you make as a kid follow you into adulthood,” Echols said.
North Augusta Middle School Assistant Principal Teresa Mitchem speaks very highly about Echols and her work ethic.
“She makes sure our students know about the different careers out there,” Mitchem said. “She is a great resource for the school. She wants to do what is best for the kids.
Along with doing work as a career specialist, Echols also does events for the adults in the community. She hosts events in her home as well. Each fall she does a weekend event where vendors can come to sell to others within the community. She estimates that at her last event there were 22 vendors and 400 to 500 people that were involved to shop for the holidays.
Echols recognizes that without the support system she has, she would not be able to do everything she does. She enjoys working with her fellow teachers at North Augusta Middle. Echols believes that “every single employee there works as a family, a team.”
Her schedule may be hectic, with a full-time job, 15-month-old and community events, but she still places her priority on making time for her family.
“My kids want me to be involved,” Echols said. “I won’t say my house is always spotless, but the most important thing is being involved with my children and the community.”