Norma T. Wilson Early Childhood Center Set to Open

When school bells “ring-in” the 2009-10 academic year, over 200 PDS Early Childhood boys will appear on campus and dash into the halls of a brand new learning environment, the Norma T. Wilson Early Childhood Center.

Not only will these boys be spending their school days meeting fellow students, marveling at the skills of their teachers, and adjusting to new expectations, but they will also be spending much of their time learning in one of the nation’s most advanced early childhood centers.

The Norma T. Wilson Early Childhood Center will provide PDS students with a learning environment designed especially for boys. It consists of 12 grade-level classrooms as well as art, music, Spanish, Mandarin and Bible classrooms. Each room has its own smart board and internet access. Hallways feature bright, bold colors and illustrate PDS’s desire to tailor the entire look of the new center to reflect the energy and excitement that occurs during the early childhood years.

About The Building's Namesake, Norma T. Wilson
The Wilson Family

The center is named in honor of Norma T. Wilson, wife of PDS trustee C. Kemmons Wilson, Jr. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Mrs. Wilson began her professional career as an elementary school teacher in Arkansas and has spent her lifetime devoted to nurturing and caring for children. She has taught swimming lessons for forty-five years to hundreds, if not thousands, of Memphis area children. Her volunteer activities include serving on numerous boards and assisting organizations such as the Junior League, Memphis Emmaus Community, A Mother’s Heart Program, DownLine Ministries, Christian Psychological Center, Carnival Memphis, Tuesday Study Club, Noel Club, Second Presbyterian Church, Community Bible Study and Bible Study Fellowship. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson have five children (Carey Wilson Snider—formerly a Spanish teacher at PDS, Kemmons Wilson III '88, Katherine Wilson, McLean Wilson '90, and Elizabeth Wilson) and seven grandchildren.