Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year

Nominations accepted until April 9, 2018

Rewarding Great Teachers

The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education honors and celebrates effective and innovative teaching methods that spark enthusiasm and passion in students, parents, and their peers. Anyone — including teachers themselves — can nominate a teacher. The OnPoint Prize is awarded at the end of each school year to the teachers who best meet these criteria:

  • Teachers who inspire creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom
  • Educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching methods and style
  • Individuals who have significant impact on students, parents and peers

Nominate Your Favorite Teacher

The OnPoint Prize is your opportunity to say "thank you" to a special teacher in your life.

Awards and Recognition

On May 22, we will announce the Educator of the Year winners in our 2018 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education award program. Two teachers will be named Educator of the Year - the first representing grades K-8 and the second representing grades 9-12. See Official Contest Rules for complete prize details.

  • Educator of the Year: K–8
    The educator's mortgage will be paid for one school year, plus $2,500 will be awarded to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Educators of the Year: 9–12
    The educator's mortgage will be paid for one school year, plus $2,500 will be awarded to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Two Finalists: K–8 & 9–12
    Two educators will be recognized with a $2,500 cash award, plus an additional $1,000 award for each of their schools for resources and supplies.
  • Circle of Excellence
    Six educators will each win $1,000 cash plus an additional $500 for their schools for resources and supplies.

Who is Eligible?

Any full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor, or librarian of grades K-8 or 9-12 who is employed by a public, private or charter school in the counties of Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington and Yamhill counties in Oregon, and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington is eligible for the award.

How are the winning teachers selected?

All prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee. This Committee is composed of representatives from OnPoint who are interested in, experienced with, or involved in education.

Each teacher is judged via the following criteria:

  • Inspires creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom
  • Demonstrates exemplary teaching methods and style
  • Has had a significant impact on students, parents, and peers

How can I nominate a teacher?

You can nominate your favorite teacher by completing the online application. You'll have the opprortunity to provide us with information about you, your nominee and their accomplishments. Portfolio pieces including letters of recommendation, videos of classroom work, student notes, and project or assignment samples can be uploaded via the online application.

Nominations must be submitted by 5:30 pm on April 9, 2018.

For more important dates, please see the OnPoint Prize Timeline.