WEST LIBERTY - West Liberty University students presented Sandra Czernek with its Professor of the Year Award for 2014.
A native of Weirton and graduate of Brooke High School, she lives in the Warwood neighborhood of Wheeling.
"I still can't believe that I get paid to teach history! I love it, and I love my students. They validate my calling through this honor," Czernek said.
RECOGNIZED — Sandra Czernek has been recognized as West Liberty University’s Professor of the Year, an honor voted on by the university’s students. She is pictured receiving the award from Student Government Association Vice President Jeffrey Tice. -- Contributed
The presentation was made at the annual Honors Convocation by Vice President of the Student Government Association Jeffrey Tice, a resident of Chester.
The annual Professor of the Year Award is decided by student nominations of the university's professors, followed by voting to select the final honoree.
Czernek has taught history full time at West Liberty University since August 2008. She began her career on the Hilltop as a senior adjunct in 2004.
Czernek has received the award once before.
She holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education with certification in social studies, and a master's degree in history, both from West Virginia University.
Previously Czernek was a tutoring coordinator at West Virginia Northern Community College and prior to that a vocational evaluator for the West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services.
She has also taught at the high school level.