Karen Sneary receives Teacher of the Year Award

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Karen Sneary receives Teacher of the Year Award

May 5, 2010

 Karen Sneary - Teacher of the Year
Karen Sneary was the 2010 recipient of the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year Award.  Rachel Wilczek, Kingfisher junior, presented Sneary with the award during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Awards Ceremony and was nominated by Northwestern students.
Karen Sneary, instructor of business at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently received the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year award during the Northwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation and Alumni Association Awards Ceremony.

In order to qualify for this award, a student must first nominate the teacher and then the Student Government Association reviews the nominations and determines the award winner.

“I was so surprised and honored,” Sneary said. “I think as an educator, we always have to remember that we are here for the students, so this award was extra special to me.”

Sneary taught at Northwestern from 2001 to 2003. After three years of teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma, she returned in 2006 and continues teaching business classes today.

“I have always enjoyed working with students and then following them once they leave Northwestern and begin their career,” Sneary said. “I appreciate the award a great deal and the values of the John Sheffield Award.”

When it comes to teaching students, Sneary is reminded of a poem sent to her from Larry Justice, adjunct instructor of communication and humanities, that she keeps on her wall and always tries to remember when working with students.

“The student is…
The most important person on the campus. Without students, there would be no need for the institution.
Not a cold statistic but a flesh and blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.
Not someone to be tolerated so that we can do our thing.
Not dependent on us. Rather, we are dependent on them.
Not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it.
We are not doing them a favor by serving them. They are doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.”

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