Project-based Learning

Phone: 719-495-1149, ext. 6424


Degrees and Certifications:

B.A. Communication, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1993 Colorado Teaching License, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 1994

Mrs. Mary Hopper

I'm a 26-year veteran of District 49, and I've taught at WHES since the building opened in 1999. This is my fifth year as a specials teacher in PBL (Project-Based Learning); previously, I taught Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades here and at Falcon Elementary. My son Ben graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins in May 2020, and works as a shift manager at Qdoba. Remington is my 4-year-old rambunctious Pit Bull mix who loves long sniffy walks. In addition to my love for teaching here at school, I teach Hot Yoga at a local studio. I love to bake, read, watch movies, and LAUGH! 

My overarching goal in PBL is to develop a meaningful, diverse, and engaging program for all our students. I want to give them opportunities to explore new learning and express themselves creatively. Ultimately, I want them to make connections between their classroom studies and the projects they complete in PBL. Teamwork and problem-solving will be at the heart of their work.

You're invited to stop in and tour the classroom anytime, and I welcome any questions and feedback you provide.

Cheers to a fantastic 20-21 school year!


Daily Schedule

  • 8:15 (outside duty)

    8:30 (plan)
    9:20 4th grade
    10:15 5th grade
    11:05 (lunch)
    11:50 1st grade

    12:45 3rd grade 

    1:40 Kindergarten

    2:35 2nd grade
    3:25 (no students)
    3:40 (outside duty)