Veteran Frisco ISD Staff Honored for their Service

May 04, 2021

Frisco ISD is a destination school district because of the efforts of generations of staff who have dedicated years of service to the community. The District is thankful for those employees who have served several thousand students over their tenure. 

From counselors and maintenance to paraprofessionals and teachers, the community is #StrongerTogether thanks to those who have reached key milestone years of service to Frisco ISD. Each recognized employee will receive a service pin in appreciation of their service. 

Notably, the District recognizes the 13 recipients who have reached the 40, 35 and 25-year milestones. These veterans witnessed the boom that brought people to far north Dallas up Preston Road, then a two-lane street. When they started working at Frisco ISD, the homecoming parade for Frisco High was the biggest social gathering each fall and part of a weekend extravaganza that included a community pancake breakfast and barbecue. Learn more about the veteran staff recognized for 40, 35 and 25-year milestone:

  • Kip Bledsoe - CTE teacher
  • Stacey Davidson - Rogers PE teacher
  • Martha Dimas - Carroll bilingual aide
  • Brian Erwin - Bledsoe PE teacher
  • Kathy Knesek - Miller language coach
  • Janie Litchford - Frisco athletics
  • Benny Medcalf - Assistant director of maintenance
  • Becky Ortega - Bright receptionist
  • Elvia Ponce - CTE custodian
  • Lorena Rodriguez - Corbell custodian
  • Koreen Severance - Assistant director of transportation
  • Susan Snider - Curtsinger 2nd grade teacher
  • Sally Turner - Special projects

In a district of more than 8,000 employees, the District is also appreciative of the 75 staff members recognized for 20 years of service, the 248 who have been with FISD for 15 years and the 195 who are celebrating 10 years. This year, 630 staff members have reached their five-year milestone and the District looks forward to their future milestones serving the Frisco ISD community.

Thank you to all of the Frisco ISD employees who continue to dedicate their lives to the students in our community, especially those listed below who are commemorating 20 years. Twenty years ago, Frisco ISD opened Clark Middle School and Shawnee Trail Elementary to accommodate growth. The Maple Street complex and Student Opportunity Center were also renovated to better serve student needs. District enrollment in the 2000-01 school year was 7,234 students, a growth of more than 30% over the year before.

  • Shannon Acosta - Sonntag principal

  • Manuel Alvarez - Head custodian

  • Julie Barrentine - Staley counselor

  • Mia Bennett - Managing director of elementary schools

  • Heather Benningfield - Physical therapist

  • Catherine Brenna - Bus driver

  • Kimberly Brown - Scott teacher

  • Kristie Brown - Adapted PE teacher

  • Holly Burdorf - Hosp G/T teacher

  • Kristin Cabaniss - Fowler counselor

  • Stephanie Campbell - Nursing manager

  • Clark Campbell - Warehouse manager

  • Neal Carpenter - Frisco teacher

  • Steven Carroll - Staley teacher

  • Kelli Chandler - Frisco counselor

  • Jackie Chianese - Staley teacher

  • Jeff Crowe - Liberty IC

  • Michele Crutcher - Admin assistant

  • Theresa Dimassimo - Anderson data clerk

  • Christina Driskill - Wakeland instructional support

  • Kara Durham - Staley teacher

  • Dina Edwards - Independence teacher

  • Jason Ellis - 504 coordinator

  • Meredith Friedman - Vandeventer IC

  • Cissy Fry - Fowler teacher

  • Ceseley Garner - Sonntag secretary

  • Elizabeth Garwacki - Fisher counselor

  • Jill Gonzales - Mooneyham language coach

  • Jennifer Griffith - Newman teacher

  • Kevin Haller - Director of security

  • Courtney Harrison - Spears digital learning coach

  • James Harrison - Spears PE teacher

  • Exie Hicks - Child nutrition

  • Kara Hodgkiss - Cobb nurse

  • Margaret Honaker - Fisher librarian

  • Monica Jackson - Managing director of elementary schools

  • Orawan Jenkins - Child nutrition

  • Susan Kagawa - Child nutrition

  • Michelle Kim - Vaughn assistant principal

  • Amy Knapp - Bledsoe teacher

  • Sandra Koumbaridou - Taylor art teacher

  • Toby Leikness - Frisco fine arts

  • Jeana Leon - Taylor teacher

  • Todd Lewis - Network administrator

  • Lisa Little - Corbell teacher

  • Meredith McBrayer - Fisher G/T teacher

  • Thomas McDonald - HVAC technician

  • Rigoberto Mora - Head custodian

  • Lisa Natali - Memorial instructional support

  • Melanie Newberry - Frisco IC

  • Jennifer Nodes - Purefoy art teacher

  • Bradford Parkman - Comstock PE teacher

  • Tiffany Ragland - Purefoy counselor

  • Therese Reed - Diagnostician

  • Brent Reese - Athletics

  • Karen Ross - Sonntag nurse

  • Leslie Rounsaville - Frisco CATE teacher

  • John Rouse - Lead HVAC

  • Ashley Rutherford - Frisco counselor

  • Jennifer Schroeder - Secondary ELA coordinator

  • Andrea Sibley - Campus intervention coach

  • Alicia Skeleton - Talley librarian

  • Kim Smith - Special needs transportation supervisor

  • David Smolka - Gunstream principal

  • Darlene Solomon - Rogers teacher

  • Steven Spicer - Utility/grounds supervisor

  • Kaye Stanley - Diagnostician

  • Allison Lloyd Stone - Independence librarian

  • Allan Strickland - Maus choral teacher

  • Erin Trahan - Anderson IC

  • Joy Tran - Roach teacher

  • Barbara Westhoff - Maintenance energy specialist

  • Denise Wharton - CTE nurse

  • Donnie Wiseman - Fowler principal

  • Susan Zempke - CTE receptionist

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