Sandra Kannan

Title: Elementary School Educator, Retired Teaching Assistant Principal
Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States

Sandra Kannan, Elementary School Educator, Retired Teaching Assistant Principal, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in curriculum development.

Ms. Kannan was inspired to go into education due to her parents who instilled in her the importance of knowledge. Her parents were immigrants and raised five children and although her father had a limited education, he wanted his children to have more. Her mother was a reader and she it passed down to her children and as a result, Ms. Kannan developed an unparalleled passion for books and history. She found that no other job allowed you to investigate and question the workings of the world as much as teaching did.

Ms. Kannan pursued this passion at Suffolk University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1967 from the institution. Knowing the value of continuing one’s own development, she later received a MEd from Massachusetts University in 1996. Her first teaching position was with the Derry School District. In 1967, she started in the school district. She remained in this role until 1970, when she became a teaching assistant principal in the Lawrence School System. She remained a passionate and dedicated educator in this role until her retirement in 2002. In addition to these positions, Ms. Kannan served on the elementary education curriculum committee of the Addison Gallery at Phillips Academy from 1992 to 2002.

The highlight of Ms. Kannan’s career is being part of Phi Kappa Phi. What Ms. Kannan is most proud of and her greatest achievement was instilling in inner-city children respect for one another along with kindness. Many of the children she taught came from very tough situations. One of her great “a-ha” moments was being associated with the Museum of Fine Arts’ Boston. Being able to bring the children there and witness their worlds expanding was an incredible moment for her as an educator. Ms. Kannan was influenced by her mentor, Mrs. Rivett, who was the principle at the elementary school, where Sandra taught.

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