Emily Franco

Emily Franco Former Middle School teacher

Name:  Emily Franco

Hometown and primary/secondary schools:  I was born in Albuquerque, NM, but moved to Austin during my school years and graduated from Westlake High School.

College and graduate education:  I have a BA from Rice University in psychology, and a law degree from the University of Texas.

Work experience in public education:  I taught 7th and 8th grade for 3 years in the Rio Grande Valley.

Other career experience:  I am currently clerking for a judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

Family, hobbies, other interests:  I enjoy reading, traveling, playing and watching soccer, and spending time with my husband and our dog.

Why I’m invested in public education:  I am invested in education because I have seen first-hand the powerful effect education can have in the life of a student. Education can change the life of a child and the path of a family, and all children in Austin should have access to a high-quality public school that will give them these opportunities. I also want excellent schools in Austin for my own children to attend.

Why I joined AKF:  I helped found AKF because I believe strong school board leaders have the power to positively shape and direct education in Austin, and I want to help find and support the best people for that role.