Educator of the Year

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The nomination deadline has passed.
Circle of Excellence Educators will be announced May 8, 2018.

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

Circle of Excellence Educators Announced May 8

The nomination period has passed. Check back on May 8 to learn more about our 2018 Circle of Excellence Educators.

Awards and Recognition

In late May, 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 campaign 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-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. This 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?

The nomination period has passed. Check back on May 8 to meet our Circle of Excellence Educators!

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