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About the Teacher

Phone: 737-327-5845


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Music - Music Studies: Instrumental Emphasis - The University of Texas at Austin (2000) Master of Music in Music Education (Wind Band Conducting) - Stephen F. Austin State University (2015) Texas Principal Certificate - Stephen F. Austin State University (2017)

Mrs. Jo Ann Champion

     Jo Ann Champion is the Director of Bands at Hutto Middle School, where she directs the Wind Ensemble and instructs Beginning Band students in flute, oboe, French horn,  and bassoon. In addition, she serves on the Hutto ISD Strategic Planning Committee (Vision 2025), the Hutto ISD District Advisory Committee, the Hutto Middle School Leadership Committee and as Department Chair for the HMS Electives Department. Prior to joining the Hutto Middle School staff, Mrs. Champion taught in the Lexington and Smithville school districts.

     Mrs. Champion holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Studies - Instrumental Emphasis from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Music degree in Music Education with a concentration in Wind Band Conducting from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In 2017, she completed the Principal Preparation Program at the Stephen F. Austin State University Perkins College of Education and holds a Texas Principal Certificate. Mrs. Champion is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, Women Band Directors International, Tau Beta Sigma International Band Service Sorority, Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity, and Pi Kappa Lambda International Music Honor Society. She is also a provisional member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, a Life Member of the Texas Exes, and is active in the University of Texas Longhorn Alumni Band. 

     Under the direction of Mrs. Champion, the Hutto Middle School Wind Ensemble has earned multiple awards in performance, including 8 UIL Sweepstakes Awards in the annual UIL Concert and Sightreading Evaluation and Superior performance and Best in Class in multiple appearances in area music festivals. While pursuing her Master of Music degree, Mrs. Champion was elected by the Faculty College at Stephen F. Austin State University for recognition in Who's Who Among American Colleges and Universities, one of only 98 students from the whole of the university population selected for this recognition. In addition, she was selected for a Texas Music Educators Association Graduate Scholarship in 2014 and was awarded the Pat McNallen Scholarship in Music Education by the Texas Music Educators Association the following year. Also in 2015, Mrs. Champion was named as a Music and Arts National Music Educator of the Year nominee and was recognized as a State Semifinalist in the HEB Excellence in Education Awards. In 2019, Mrs. Champion was selected as a recipient of a scholarship to attend the West Texas A&M University Band Director Workshop in Canyon, TX, and in 2020 was chosen to participate in the University of North Texas Conducting Collegium where she studied with Dr. Eugene Corporon, Dr. Daniel Cook, and Dr. Andrew Trachsel. 

     In her free time, Mrs. Champion enjoys reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and geocaching. This is Mrs. Champion's fifteenth year at Hutto Middle School and her twenty-second year in music education. Her husband of 18 years, Brandon, and daughter, Emily, are happy and proud to call the Hippo Nation home.


Mrs. Champion's conference period is 9:13 to 10:08 a.m. daily. Band tutorials are available Monday through Thursday mornings from 7:45 - 8:10 a.m.

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