Kendolyn Cooper Pope was born in Houston, Texas. Parents Kenneth and Gwendolyn allowed her to explore and exposed her and her younger brother, Joe, to all of the museums, festivals, road side attractions, and other events they could. Kendolyn attended Episcopalian schools from Prekindergarten through high school. After graduating from Episcopal High School, Kendolyn followed her heart to Spelman College. She earned a B.A. degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education as she knew she would from the age of 6 years old when she’d take individual “class” pictures of her dolls and stuffed animals (with real film) and would force her little brother to play school.
After Spelman, Kendolyn moved to Washington, DC to attend The George Washington University’s Museum Education Program. She was sure that she would head back to Atlanta right after the program finished a year and a half later. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching but didn’t head back south right away. Kendolyn spent 9 years in DC working in education. She started out as a Prekindergarten teacher at National Presbyterian School. Making the move to a more informal educational setting, Kendolyn accepted a position at Discovery Creek Children’s Museum of Washington. At this children’s museum focused on environmental education, Kendolyn worked in National Park Service sites around the city. After a few years away, she was invited back to the National Presbyterian campus to serve as Director of National Presbyterian Child Care Center. This small center was originally started to serve the children of faculty at the school and the church, but eventually served the entire community. Kendolyn enjoyed this work very much and had found her true passion working with early learners and their families. Finally, in 2010, Kendolyn felt the pull back to the south and moved home to Houston to be closer to her family.
Back in Houston, Kendolyn worked in the education department of the Children’s Museum of Houston. After being promoted to Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Kendolyn developed curriculum and managed the Museum’s outreach initiatives, including the Para los Ninos, Family Literacy Involvement Program (FLIP), Parent Stars and other programs.
Another bonus to coming back to Houston, Kendolyn met and married James Pope. She and James love to travel, eat out, and learn new things together. In her spare time, Kendolyn loves to try out new craft projects, swim, and read. She is sure that all of these professional and personal experiences will help her in her new role. She is excited to share with and learn from all in the Faith Lutheran community.