The Retirement of Sue Montfort

by Bill Taverner
Today we celebrate the retirement of my friend Sue Montfort.
Do you know Sue? I bet you do!
If you have ever taught about sexual consent,
I bet you know Sue Montfort.
If you have ever helped a pre-school teacher respond to a toddler’s question about sex without freaking out, 
I bet you know Sue Montfort.

If you have ever taught about abstinence in a positive, empowering way, 
I bet you know Sue Montfort.

If you’ve taught just about any other aspect of sexual health,
I bet you know Sue Montfort.

Sue has been with the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Morristown, NJ since 1974. She is the author of several sex ed resources published by the Center for Family Life Education, but is probably best known for the absolutely amazing work she did with Peggy Brick on UnequalPartners: Teaching about Power and Consent in Adult-Teen and OtherRelationships, for which she was honored with APPLE’s “Mary Lee Tatum Award” in 2000. Sue also co-authored Healthy Foundations: Responding toYoung Children’s Questions and Behaviors about Sex, Making Sense of Abstinence, and Teaching Safer Sex, Vols 1 & 2, made numerous contributions to other publications, and serves on the editorial advisory board for the American Journal of Sexuality Education.
In addition to her nationally acclaimed work, Sue has done a tremendous amount of work throughout Northern New Jersey, has a unique expertise working with people with disabilities, and a passion for working with transgender students.
A good friend, Sue is one of the most thoughtful, ethical, creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.
All these years working together, and I couldn’t find a single photo of Sue…except for this caricature I made of her about 5 years ago.
Please join me in congratulating Sue on her retirement.