Educator of the Year

The nomination deadline has passed.
Finalists announced May 8, 2017. 

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

Finalists Announced May 8

The nomination period has passed. Check back on May 8 to learn more about our 2017 Educator of the Year Finalists.

Awards and Recognition

On May 25, we will announce the Educator of the Year winners in our 2017 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.

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.