Educator of the Year

Educator of the Year

Nominations accepted until April 8, 2019

Rewarding Great Teachers

The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education celebrates innovative teaching methods that spark enthusiasm and passion in students, parents, and their peers. Anyone — including teachers themselves — can nominate a teacher. Educator of the Year is awarded 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

Honor Your Favorite Teacher

Say "thank you" to a special teacher in your life with a nomination for Educator of the Year.

Awards and Recognition

In late May, we will announce the Educator of the Year winners in our 2019 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 campaign details.

  • Educator of the Year: K–8
    The educator's mortgage will be paid for one full 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 full 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 $5,000 cash award, plus an additional $1,500 award for each of their schools for resources and supplies.
  • Circle of Excellence
    Six educators will receive a $1,500 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-12 who is employed by an accredited public, private or charter school in the counties 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) is eligible for the award. Please see the Official Contest Rules for additional details and qualifications for participation.

How are the winning teachers selected?

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

Nominations are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of the nominee's ability to inspire creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom
  • Examples of the nominee's exemplary teaching methods and style
  • Evidence to support the nominee's significant impact on students, parents, and peers

How can I nominate a teacher?

You can nominate your favorite teacher by completing the online nomination form and the supplemental materials. In order to consider your nomination complete, you will be asked to provide us with information about your nominee and their accomplishments. After completing the online form, you will receive instructions for submitting your responses to the letters of recommendation, statement of educational philosophy and a portfolio with work samples via a secure upload. Questions about the nomination process? Feel free to contact us.

Nominations must be submitted by 5:30 pm on April 8, 2019.

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

Start Your Educator of the Year Nomination

We can't wait to hear from you! Nominations accepted now through April 8.

The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will announce finalists on May 7.