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Phone: 281-727-1600


Degrees and Certifications:

- MBA, (Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA) - BS, Mechanical Engineering (University of Texas, Austin, TX) - BA, Latin American Studies and Spanish (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) - Professional Engineer: California License #M-26793 - Certification: Technical Education 6-12 and English as a Second Language (Supplement)

Ms. Hooper

Hello!  My name is Karen Hooper and I am excited for our upcoming 2022-2023 school year.  I joined the Turner Rail Cat family at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year after more than thirty-five years working as an engineer & manager in the engineering and construction industry.  I enjoy teaching and love working with students as we explore a broad range of engineering topics.   

I am a degreed Mechanical Engineering and am a licensed Professional Engineer (California License #M26793).  Most of my career focused on international project development for mega projects.  More than half of my career was dedicated to oil, gas and chemicals, but I had many diverse assignments including automotive, food, pharmaceutical, mining, aerospace, power, biomass, environmental, transportation, water, etc.The two classes I am teaching this year are both Project Lead The Way (PLTW) courses: 

  1. PLTW - Civil Engineering and Architecture - 5th and 8th periods
  2. PLTW - Engineering Science - 1st, 2nd, 4th and 6th periods

Office Hours: 

  • Mondays - Thursdays: 10:25 – 11:55


  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays:  2:35 - 3:05 pm*
    • If students are present and working, tutorials will continue until *4:00 pm. 
    • Students must attend in person if you end your day at THS; Traveling students that end their day at PHS or DHS may attend via TEAMS / PLTW Tutorials.
  • Thursdays during Mega-Lunch
  • Pre-arranged:  Any mutually agreed time that may include before school, after school, lunch / CCT time or evenings / weekends via TEAMS.


  • I appreciate all the support from parents, students and friends in keeping our PLTW Engineering Classrooms supplied.  For those of you who have asked and offered to help with supplies, I have posted a list on this home page titled "PLTW Supply Wish List".  (see tab on left)   I will try to keep the list updated as our classroom needs change.  

    My students and I appreciate all of your support that helps keep our classroom organized and well stocked!!