01 | Inspiration

Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth’s trailblazing legacy

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Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, who taught school in the 1920s in Center Point, Texas, near Kerrville, is photographed with her students.
02 | Insight

Supporting school principals is key at Southwest ISD

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Anitra Crisp, a principal at McNair Middle School in Southwest ISD, is photographed on campus wearing a face mask and talking on a two-way radio.
03 | News

Holdsworth hires superintendents-in-residence

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Dr. Thomas Randle, superintendent of Lamar CISD in Houston, is pictured speaking at a Holdsworth Center Campus Leadership Program session, will join Holdsworth as a superintendents-in-residence in 2021.
04 | Who We Are

Strong, inspiring leaders create vibrant, successful schools.

Our partnership
Codi Van Duzee, a member of Holdsworth's Campus Leadership Program, is pictured interacting with students in a classroom at Pearcy Elementary in Arlington ISD.

What we do

We help Texas public school districts grow their own outstanding leaders so that teachers thrive and students excel on every campus. We partner with districts for five years to not only grow individual leaders, but to help them build their own systems for developing a deeper bench of leaders who are truly ready for the challenges of the job.

Amy Garza of Southwest ISD, is pictured in a navy blue face mask interacting with a student in the classroom.

Why leadership?

The ripple effects leaders’ actions have on the 720,000 staff members and 5.5 million students in Texas schools is nothing short of incredible. Decades of national research backs this up.

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Who we serve

By 2028, we are projected to reach more than 4,500 Texas education leaders – including teacher leaders, assistant principals, principals and central office administrators – through the Holdsworth partnership alone. We anticipate serving even more educators through events and additional program offerings.

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Portait of Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth in the 1960s

I named the center for my mom because she was for the kids.”

— Charles Butt

Chairman of H-E-B and founder of The Holdsworth Center

Charles Butt, Chairman of H-E-B, founded The Holdsworth Center in 2017. He named it for his mother, Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a former school teacher who inspired in her son a great admiration for educators and a passion for helping all students succeed.

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Anitra Crisp, Principal in Southwest ISD, is pictured on campus wearing a black dress and black mask.