The oldest of three sons, Monroe May was born in Houston and attended elementary school in Yoakum. In 1949 his family moved to San Antonio where he graduated from Jefferson High School. He was in the band and played the French horn and also played the piano.
He Received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Texas in Austin. This is also where he met his wife to be, Jane Jochimsen. They married in August of 1961. Both began their teaching careers at Mackey and Cable Elementary schools in August of that year. In those days there was only farm land in the Northside District beyond Southwest Research on Loop 410. All the teachers in the district were able to meet in the cafeteria at John Marshall High School for inservice. There were about 300+ teachers in the entire district. Murray Boone was Superintendent and he knew all the teachers by name at that time.
Mr. May later received his Master’s Degree from Our Lady of the Lake University with an emphasis in school counseling. He began his teaching career in the Edgewood ISD. Additionally he was a classroom teacher at Cable Elementary, Westwood Terrace Elementary and Rayburn Middle School, as well as a counselor at Westwood Terrace. He was selected to open new elementary schools as principal in back to back school years, first at Meadow Village Elementary and later at Shenandoah (now named Howsman) Elementary.
In 1972 May was named the first director of Elementary Education in Northside ISD. He held that position, which involved providing both administrative and instructional leadership to district elementary schools, until his retirement in 1990. Under his leadership the district added music teachers, art teachers and counselors to each elementary school. He was on the design team for many of the elementary schools built in the Northside District during his tenure. At this time of his retirement he was studying in the Reading Recovery program in order to teach students and was supportive of the reading programs introduced by Nora Forester.
Mr. May was highly respected by teachers, principals, district staff and parents with whom he worked due to his clear priority on the interest of students, his friendly manner, and his professional expertise. He visited campuses and classrooms frequently and established a reputation among campus staff as knowledgeable and supportive of campus programs.
We are honored to have our school named after such a distinguished educator and servant of our community.
During retirement he continued to serve children and was Assistant Principal at St. Martin’s Hall at our Lady of the Lake University and later Headmaster at St. George Episcopal School.
Mr. May was the proud father of a daughter, Kathleen May Wilson and a son Monroe R. May. Both children followed in his footsteps and have taught school at various times.