The center is named for PAT MAY, an outstanding HEB ISD educator and community leader, the Center opened in 2000. Ms. May always put her “li’l children” first. In her 39 years as an educator, she touched the lives of thousands of children giving them personal attention, praise and an outstanding curriculum. She began her career as an elementary teacher and came up through the ranks to the post of assistant superintendent having earned a reputation as someone who expected outstanding academic programs bolstered by excellence in the arts, physical education and special services. She retired in 1985. Among her many honors is the Eagle Award given to her by The University of North Texas for her valuable contributions to curriculum and instruction. Ms. May was also named one of the Top 100 Educators in North America.
One of the largest meeting rooms in the Center, the Blair Room, is named for LENNIJO BLAIR, a noted educator in HEB ISD. Having been a teacher and math coordinator for HEB ISD, Ms. Blair was the first female principal in the district. For 15 years, she was principal of Stonegate Elementary School. After her retirement in 1986, she served nine years on the Board of Trustees for the district and was president two of those years. The State Board of Education named her a Hero for Children, and the Northeast Tarrant County Women’s Shelter gave her the Legacy for Women Award in the area of education.