Faculty & Staff
Lower School Faculty
Mrs. Colley is joining the Hooper faculty with the 2023-2024 school year. Rachel is a Troy University graduate with over 20 years in education. Mrs. Colley brings a tremendous passion for teaching children and comes HIGHLY recommended from other state administrators.
Mrs. Hamm is joining the Hooper faculty in the 2023-2024 school year. She has 18 years of experience in education and 17 years of healthcare business administration.
Mrs. Hamm is married to John Hamm. They have two children: Haley (Drew) & Will (Khadra) and one grandchild (Yates).
We are happy to announce Stephanie Headley as our new 6th grade teacher! Stephanie grew up with a love for kids and has always known teaching was her calling. Stephanie and her boyfriend Peyton live in Prattville with their dog Oscar. Ms. Headley is an avid sports fan and has a love for photography. Her passion for taking pictures has led to her running a small local photography business on the side. Ms. Headley is currently finishing up her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at AUM. We are excited to bring Ms. Headley into the Hooper Family and are looking forward to a great year!
We are extremely excited to introduce Lauren Liethen and her family to Hooper Academy. Mrs. Liethen will be teaching 5th grade this coming year. We have been in contact with Mrs. Liethen for a while now hoping this opportunity would present itself and we are blessed that she and her family are now Colts! Please welcome Mrs. Liethen and her family to Hooper Academy.
Upper School Faculty
Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy
Teaching Assignment: Biology, Anatomy
Teaching at Hooper since: 2014
Colleges/Universities Attended: Judson College, Auburn University Montgomery
Degree(s) Held: BS Science. MS Secondary Education
Extra Curricular Activities/Duties: Softball
7th Grade History, 8th/9th/11th/12th Science, 8th Grade Enrichment
Teaching Assignment: 8th Grade Earth Science, 9th Grade Physical Science, MS/HS PE
Teaching at Hooper since: 2015
Colleges/Universities Attended: Huntingdon College
Degree(s) Held: BA Physical Education
Extra Curricular Activities/Duties: Head Volleyball, Asst JV Girls Basketball
English 10, 11 and 12; Interpersonal
Teaching Assignment: English 10, 11 and 12; Interpersonal
Teaching at Hooper since: 2019
Colleges attended: Faulkner University
Degree(s) Held: B.S. Degree in Secondary Education-With a double major in social studies and English
James Maury Popwell
Sr. Social Studies
Teaching Assignment: Sr. Social Studies
Teaching at Hooper since: 2004
Colleges/Universities Attended: Central Al. Community College, Huntingdon College, Troy University
Degree(s) Held: BS in Social Studies, minor in PE, Masters in Administration and Supervision
Coach Walters is joining the Hooper faculty with the 2023-2024 school year.
Blake has been coaching football for 6 years, 5 with Edgewood and this past year at Fort Dale. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management from AUM. Coach Walters will be teaching Middle School History and Spanish. He will serve as our Head JV Football Coach along with being a Varsity Football Assistant and the Head Track Coach.