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. Crystal

PreK Teacher

Crystal attended San Jacinto Central for cosmetology and then transferred to University of Houston Clearlake for early education. She is married to Michael and they have 2 daughters and 2 dogs. She loves anything pink, crafting painting, decorating, and anything to do with organizing.


Mrs. Sarahi

PreK Teacher

Sarahí grew up in Dallas, Texas and is currently working to become a bilingual elementary school teacher. She and her husband have two kids and a pug together. She enjoys working with young children and is excited to work at The Hayes School of Wonder this year.


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. Amy

4'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.


Mrs. Annie

3's Teacher

Annie was born and raised in Lewisville, Texas, and recently graduated from Scarborough College, a private school in Fort Worth, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. She is newly married to Jack, her high school sweetheart, and enjoys drinking coffee,  reading good books, and spending time with her family.


Mrs. Monica

Staff Class Teacher

Monica grew up in San Angelo, TX. She and her husband have 2 girls, and attend and serve at The Branch Church. She looks forward to all God has in store for The Hayes School!


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.


Mrs. Nancy


Nancy grew up in India. She and her husband, Rakesh Anand,  have two daughters and a son. She has a Master’s degree in Arts and Early Childhood Education from India. She has long experience working with children of various age groups.


Mrs. Jessica

2's Teacher

Jessica grew up in The Woodlands and has been married to David for six years. They have a boy named Troy and a cockapoo named George. Having come from a large family, she has been caring for children as long as she can remember. Jessica is thrilled to help children learn independence and how to interact with others. She worships and serves at Gateway Church. She loves creating and anything purple.


Mrs. M'Kay

Staff Infant Assistant

M'Kay grew up in Richardson, TX. She and her husband, Chad have one inquisitive and energetic boy, Cameron. M'Kay graduated from The University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Promotion. She has 7+ years teaching kindergarten, 1st grade, instructional coaching and early childhood education. Her greatest joy is empowering children to love the Lord, feel empowered in learning, and become problem-solvers in their community.