Sue Wilson Stafford was born in Madill, Oklahoma, in 1946. She graduated from Madill High and Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She began teaching in 1969 in Oklahoma and moved to Frisco ISD in 1979.
She has taught at the elementary, middle school and high school levels and served as the district’s Migrant Education Coordinator from 1983-1994. She currently teaches students at the alternative program for middle school students and also teaches English as a Second Language and GED preparation classes to adults in the evenings. Her work with students has always extended outside of the classroom and she has worked countless hours for Frisco’s youth over the years.
She has served on the Frisco Housing Authority Board of Commissioners and the YMCA Board of Directors and she and long-time civil servant Gary Burns founded the Frisco Children’s Fund to assist Frisco families in need for over 20 years. A scholarship fund in her honor through the Frisco Education Foundation is supported by the popular annual chili challenge and provides college money for FISD seniors. Sue’s commitment to others has garnered her the Frisco Chamber of Commerce Golden Eagle Award (1990) and the Citizen of the Year Award (1998). She is also a lifetime member of the PTA.
Sue’s mother was a teacher and both of her children, FHS graduates Kari and Brooke, are teachers. Her legacy continues through the successes of other young men she helped raise, as well - Lupe, Javier and Gerardo Gaona have graduated from FHS and have or are completing their college educations at this time. Lupe is already teaching and coaching. There has been no greater advocate or mentor for children in this community than Sue Wilson Stafford and she has no apparent plans for slowing down.