The full-time Music Specialist and Chorus, Orff Ensemble and Dance Team Director at Sligo Creek Elementary School is Mrs. Mary J. Hochkeppel. She earned her Masters of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. She also received her Orff Certification from George Mason University of Fairfax, Virginia. Mrs. Hochkeppel has been teaching music and directing choirs for 29 years.
In 2010, Mrs. Hochkeppel was nominated for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. This award is given annually by the Washington Post, of Washington D.C.
In 2009, Mrs. Hochkeppel was the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Music Educator Award from Yale University for her ongoing career accomplishments in the field of Music Education. For this award, she received an all-expenses paid trip to New Haven, Connecticut where she joined 50 selected Music Educators from across the nation in order to participate in the 2009 Symposium on Music Education at Yale University.
In 2009, Mrs. Hochkeppel was the recipient of the 2009 Azalea Award for outstanding contributions to the Takoma Park Community, in Montgomery County, Maryland.
In 2007, Mrs. Hochkeppel was selected to participate in the Creating Original Opera Teacher Training Program presented by the Washington National Opera, in Washington D.C.
In 2003, Mrs. Hochkeppel was nominated for the Fairfax County Public Schools TEACHER OF THE YEAR.
In 2001, Mrs. Hochkeppel was presented with the Herndon Optimist Award for Excellence in Best Practices for Education and Human Relations. She was also elected for a second term as President of the Fairfax County General Music Educators Association.
For fun, Mrs. Hochkeppel enjoys singing, dancing, jet-skiing, snow-mobiling, jogging, swimming, hiking, ice skating, roller blading, and boating. She likes to be active in many sporting activities. She also loves to watch football! Go Redskins!
This summer, she celebrated her 29th wedding anniversary with her wonderful husband, Ken. Mr. and Mrs. Hochkeppel have two beautiful daughters, named Christine and Michelle. Christine is 27 years old and she just graduated from Boston University. Christine is now a Photojournalist for several local newspapers in Providence, Rhode Island.
Michelle is 25 years old and has just graduated from George Washington University. Michelle's major course of study was Art History and she just completed an internship with the National Portrait Gallery of Washington DC. Michelle is now on a year-long expedition and tour of several countries in South America.
Mrs. Hochkeppel's family enjoys spending time together by traveling, shopping, going to concerts, playing games, dining out, going to movies, and visiting friends.