Bragging Rights: MAT Student Receives Higher Education Achievement Award

Posted: March 28, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: March 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

By Robin Herron

Kannan Cangro, center, with professors Janet Payne, left, and Renee Sandell from Mason’s MAT program. Photo courtesy of Kannan Cangro

Kannan Cangro, a student in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, recently received the Higher Education Student Achievement Award from the National Art Education Association (NAEA) at the organization’s convention held in Seattle.

Cangro, who is specializing in art education, expects to graduate in May.

She has been a substitute teacher for the past three years in Arlington County and Alexandria City schools, teaching students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. She recently completed a seven-week student teaching internship at Pine Spring Elementary in Fairfax County and is currently in an eight-week student teaching internship at Yorktown High School in Arlington County. In both internships, she has taught visual art.

Originally from Clifton, N.J., Cangro has a BA in printmaking and papermaking from Montclair State University. While at Mason, she has been an active member of the Mason Printmaker’s Guild. As a guild member, she gave demonstrations on printmaking and worked with the public at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in January 2010.

She has exhibited her own prints at galleries and exhibitions in Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland.

Cangro has also been president of Mason’s NAEA student chapter and been involved with NAEA activities at the local and regional level.


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