National Guardsman honors co-workers for support during deployments

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Stanley Echols leads a double-duty life: He’s veteran educator currently serving as a director in SCUSD’s Student Hearing and Placement Office.

He’s also a lieutenant colonel in the California Army National Guard who has been deployed four times, including stints in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and the Balkans.

At last Thursday’s Board of Education meeting, Echols thanked the district and three co-workers who went above and beyond duty to support his family during his absence from Sacramento.

“With each deployment, I could concentrate on my mission overseas because I knew the district was supporting my family at home,” Echols said in honoring Tanisha Turner of Employee Compensation, Monica Garland of Human Resources and Stephan Brown of the Student Hearing and Placement Office.

Echols, a graduate of Luther Burbank High School and UC Davis, also expressed gratitude toward the district for “giving me an outstanding education, hiring me as a teacher, assistant principal, principal and now director, and supporting me over the past 20 years.”