About Our School

The Hayes School of Wonder is a privately owned preschool by Charlotte Pope who has over 30 years of childcare experience and has worked enthusiastically to provide care for all children. The children served by The Hayes School of Wonder will be surrounded with experiences that will foster physical, social, academic, emotional, cognitive, and above all spiritual growth.


We value hands on and interactive learning, which includes:

  • Wanda’s garden

  • Community outreach

  • Music and Wonder time

Our teachers are trained to equip students in multiple facets for their early development.

We partner with parents to maximize the learning experience that begins in the classroom.

By the end of the school year, we not only expect students to reach educational milestones, but to also develop a sense of wonder at the world around them.

The Hayes School of Wonder is founded upon the values and legacy inspired by Roland and Wanda Hayes. Their love for people and education compels us to provide a quality learning experience for the next generation.

In loving memory


Meet Our Team

Charlotte Pope

Owner and Founder

Charlotte was born in Malawi, Africa, where her parents, Roland and Wanda Hayes were missionaries. She married her high school sweetheart, Mike, is a mother to five, and "Grammy" to twelve. She has 30+ years of experience in child development, including teaching and directing all ages of children at churches, and in various pre-school settings. She believes very strongly that the first years of life are so critical in the development of becoming the people God wants us to be. She is excited about what God has done with The Hayes School and how He continues to work - to Him be all the Glory!

Chelsea Hopkins

Director and Co-Founder

Chelsea is Charlotte's youngest daughter. She and her husband, Shane, have 3 boys and 1 girl and attend Irving Bible Church.  Chelsea has a degree in business from The University of Texas at Arlington and has a background in finance. She loves working with families and helping students to learn more about God and the world around them.

Rachel Bach

Assistant Director

Rachel grew up in Richardson, TX and graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s in Education. She is married to Jordan and they attend and serve at Citizen's Church in Plano campus. She previously taught kindergarten. She loves learning and wants to instill that love in children. She is excited to take on a new role at Hayes School this year as Assistant Director.

Rebekah Pitts

Supporting Consultant and Co-Founder

Rebekah is Charlotte's oldest daughter.  She and her husband, Jaron, have 2 daughters. Rebekah graduated from Christ for the Nations Bible Institute with a degree in Practical Theology. She works for The Branch Church, and currently serves as a core member of the Hayes School leadership team, and as a consultant.

Mrs. Allison

Pre K Assistant Teacher

Allison grew up on the east coast, but she loves living in Texas. She and her husband, Chris, live with their two rescue dogs and attend The Branch Church. She loves learning new things, reading God's word, and helping to care for children.

Mrs. Arlene

Pre-K Teacher

Arlene grew up in India and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree . This is her first year at The Hayes School, but has worked for 4 years as a Pre-K teacher. She is looking forward to working with the Hayes kids this year.

Mrs. Becky

Pre-K Teacher

Becky grew up in Southern Illinois, but ended up in Texas after attending Harding University, where she met her husband, Micah. She taught elementary music, worked in preschools, and has been a nanny. She has 2 children, loves music (especially singing). She is blessed to serve on the worship team at The Branch Church. She also enjoys reading, baking, and being outside with her family.

Ms. Betsy

Pre-K Teacher

Betsy was born and raised in La Ceiba, Honduras. She graduated from the Catholic University of Honduras with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relationships and Diplomacy. In 2000, she was awarded an international scholarship to study at John Brown University. She has worked as a nanny, as well as a substitute teacher for the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD. Betsy has one daughter, loves crafts, baking, dancing, and volunteering for Vacation Bible School. This is her second year at Hayes. She went on a mission trip to Guatemala for the first time. She worked with children, and was able to take her daughter with her, which was a great experience for them.

Mrs. Kasey

4's Teacher

Kasey grew up in Irving and graduated from Texas Women's University with a Bachelor's degree in Family Studies. She also has a Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is married to Travis. They have have 2 children- Kohen and Karis. They attend Irving Bible Church.

Mrs. Sarah L.

4's Teacher

Sarah and her husband Kyle have 4 children and two grandsons. She has homeschooled for 14 years and has taught in the classroom in co-op settings and preschool at Irving Bible Church. She grew up in Irving, attended Brookhaven College. She enjoys teaching preschoolers and sparking their interest in learning and is excited to join the Hayes School of Wonder.

Mrs. Amy

3's Teacher

Amy grew up in Irving and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor's in Hospitality Management. Her and her husband, Matt, attend Irving Bible Church where they serve in the preschool ministry. They have 3 kids: Avery, Matias and Christian. Amy can't wait to share her love for learning with her class.

Ms. Breanna

3's Teacher

Breanna grew up in Frisco, TX and was home schooled her whole life. She attends and serves at The Branch Church - Vista Ridge Campus, along with her parents and three sisters. Breanna has been serving in children's ministry and baby-sitting since the 6th grade. She is excited to start this new chapter in her life and to see her kids grow and love Jesus more every day!

Mrs. Ioana

3's Teacher

Ioana grew up in Romania, where she met her husband, Emanuel. They moved to Texas and God blessed them with one daughter, Elisabeth. Ioana is blessed to work with children in the children's ministry at Irving Bible Church, and is excited to start working with children at The Hayes School of Wonder.

Ms. Gretchen

2's Teacher

Gretchen was born and raised in Irving, Texas. She has graduated and is taking classes at Northlake College before moving on to a university to get a degree in Early Elementary Education. She has been volunteering and working with preschoolers in many capacities since 2010. She has a heart for working with special needs and loves to help foster children's natural independence and curiosity. 

Mrs. Monica

2's Teacher

Monica grew up in San Angelo, TX. She and her husband have 2 girls, and attend and serve at The Branch Church. She is excited to work with the 2 year old class this year and looks forward to all God has in store for The Hayes School!

Mrs. Sarahi

2's Teacher

Sarahi was born and raised in Dallas,TX. She is currently pursuing a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of North Texas in Dallas. She and her husband, Jeremy, attend Watermark Community Church in Dallas, where they serve in the children’s ministry. They have one daughter, Leeana. Sarahi is very excited to pour into the hearts of her students.

Mrs. Brooke

Specials Teacher

Brooke grew up in Fort Worth, TX and is married to Cade and they have three boys. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Master’s in Speech Language Pathology. She is looking forward to a great year at HSW. 

Mrs. Christel

Specials Teacher

Christel grew up in Richardson, TX. She and her husband, Jay, have a daughter, Ellie and a son, Jack. Their family attends The Branch Church. Christel graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design. She has many years of experience working with children in various environments, from babysitting and church to formal daycare classrooms. Her greatest joy is watching children learn and grow.

Ms. Melissa

Float Assistant

Melissa grew up in Fort Worth, TX and graduated from Dallas Baptist University with a degree in Psychology. She attends and serves at Irving Bible Church in the middle school ministry. Melissa is newly engaged and set to be married January 2020. Melissa has worked at Hayes as a 2's teacher and will now be serving as a float assistant to Charlotte and Chelsea. She looks forward to serving all the Hayes teachers and students this year.

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