Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year

Nominations accepted until April 8, 2019

Educator of the Year Nomination Form

The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education honors our commitment to supporting education and the impact made by teachers in our community. Nominees should have a demonstrated ability to challenge and inspire students to learn. Anyone can make a nomination. If you are a teacher, you can even nominate yourself. If you know an educator who should be recognized, we want to hear from you.

Watch the tutorial video below for step-by-step guidance on submitting your nomination.


  • Nominees must be a teacher of grades K–8 or 9–12 (including school-based Special Education and Transition programs serving students ages 18-21) in an accredited public, private or charter school located within any county that OnPoint serves (Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington).
  • School must be accredited by an accepted regional or national accreditation agency recognized by the Oregon or Washington Department of Education.
  • Nominees must be full-time or job-share classroom teachers, counselors, or librarians at time of application (Substitute teachers are not elligible).
  • For job-share co-applicants: A separate nomination must be completed for each co-applicant. If selected as a prize winner, job-share co-applicants will split the award.
  • Previous OnPoint Prize finalists and Circle of Excellence educators must wait two consecutive years after their award-winning nomination to apply for the OnPoint Prize again. Previous OnPoint Prize Educator of the Year winners, and OnPoint employees and employees’ immediate family members are not eligible.
  • Additional details and qualifications for participation apply. See official contest rules.

Nomination Guidelines

  • Each nomination must include all four completed parts of the application. Click here to review the application checklist.
  • Online submission through this website is strongly encouraged.
  • All submission materials should be prepared in advance so that you may complete the nomination form at one time and include all required parts. You will not be able to save a partial submission and continue later. Partial or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
  • Entries become the property of OnPoint Community Credit Union upon submission. No part of the online submission will be returned to you.
  • Additional details and qualifications for participation apply. See official contest rules.
  • Questions about the nomination process? Click here to contact us.
  • While online submissions are strongly encouraged, physical applications will also be accepted by mail or at any OnPoint Branch location. Click here for a printable version of the Nomination Form.

It is the responsibility of the nominator or the nominee to complete the nomination completely and accurately. Nominations must be received by 5:30 pm PDT on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Nomination Components - What must I submit to nominate an educator?

The Educator of the Year nomination form consists of four parts: General Information, Letters of Recommendation, Statement of Educational Philosophy and Portfolio/Work Samples

General Information

We ask for information about the nomine and their school. This information may be submitted electronically, which is preferred, or as part of your physical nomination packet.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for each nominee. Suggested sources for the letters are one from the teacher’s principal, one from a peer, and one from a student or student family member. You can find resources for requesting letter of recomendations. More information on letter of recommendation guidelines and request scripts.

Statement of Educational Philosophy 

A narrative statement written by the nominee outlining their educational philosophy. This may highlight the following:

  1. Values, beliefs, and goals as an educator
  2. Teaching methods applied in the classroom
  3. Methods of assessing students’ learning and their own teaching success
  4. How they’ve grown as an educator and what influences the

Tips on writing an educational philosophy and a request script can be found through the links. 

Portfolio/Work Samples

A portfolio of the teacher’s work and accomplishments should be submitted with this application. Portfolio pieces could include: Student notes, interesting projects, unique assignments, or examples of classroom work. A compelling portfolio will convey how the nominee connects with students, the community, and peers. You can also submit a brief essay responding to the question outlined below

Essay Questions:

  1. How are the nominee’s teaching methods innovative? How does this teacher stand out as exemplary? Give examples.
  2. Please describe one specific lesson, activity or experience that displayed the teacher’s enthusiasm in the classroom and had a significant impact on students. For example, did the students’ show significant learning, demonstrate comprehension, apply new skills, or connect to their community?
  3. Please share some of the teacher’s major accomplishments. For example, what lasting impact has the nominee had on students, parents, and peers? Give examples.
Preparing your Nomination

You may choose to submit your nomination electronically or by mailing, or delivering a physical nomination packet at any OnPoint branch location.

  • Electronic Submissions (preferred)
    -- Complete Part 1 - General Information - via our web form
    -- Submit Parts 2-4 via email - instructions will be sent to you upon completion of the web form to the email address you list as the nominator
  • Physical Nomination Packet (accepted)
    -- Print a copy Part 1 - General Information and submit it along with the rest of your nomination materials via mail (OnPoint Prize Selection Committee, PO Box 3750, Portland, OR 97208) or at any OnPoint branch location.
  • All nominations must be received by 5:30 pm PDT on April 8, 2019.