Help OnPoint Honor Our Community's Best Educators.

OnPoint Community Credit Union has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. That's why we created the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. This program awards nearly $50,000 to local teachers and their schools. Here's what selected teachers and schools will win:

  • Educator of the Year - K-8 - Mortgage paid for one school year plus $2,500 to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Educator of the Year - 9-12 - Mortgage paid for one school year plus $2,500 to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Two Finalists - K-8 & 9-12 - $2,500 cash for each finalist plus an additional $1,000 to their schools for resources and supplies.
  • Community Builder - Four schools will win $1,000 for a special project of their choice.

Campaign update: Educator of the Year portfolios will be returned to the nominator by mid-June. An email with additional details will be sent to you by June 1 confirming where the materials will be sent.

Two prizes awarding excellence in education.

Educator of the Year

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Community Builder Award

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2017 Educators of the Year

Our esteemed Educators of the Year will each have their mortgage paid for one school year. Additionally, their schools each received a $2,500 donation for resources and supplies.

Congratulations to James Nosen and David Valenzuela!

James Nosen - Baker Prairie Middle School • Canby, Oregon
James Nosen
Baker Prairie Middle School • Canby, Oregon

"I believe everyone is born with a creative spirit.  As an art teacher it is both my duty and privilege to find and nurture the “artist” within each of my students.  Middle schoolers are very unique.  Many are struggling with their identity somewhere between still being a child and becoming an adult.  Channeling that angst and energy into their art- work can create amazing things and new found confidence." - Jim Nosen

Meet Jim!

  • After teaching for 33 years, he will retire in June
  • Facilitated a visit from Arun Ghandi for the dedication of the student-created portrait of Mahatma Ghandi.
  • Art Explorers – Jim has taken more than 1000 students and family members on trips to 36 different countries, raising funds to make travel possible for every student interested in participating.
  • Open studio – On the first Thursday of every month, Jim opens his studio to the community. Monthly, 35-50 artists, students and their families attend for an evening of art music and conversation.

Mr. Nosen's great impact:

My experiences with Mr. Nosen sparked something inside me. In truth, he changed my life. I always considered myself a terrible artist. Slowly, art…became one of my favorite parts of my day. Former student, Katelin, former student. Katelin is now majoring in visual communications and photography.

In the thirty years as an educator I can say without reservation Jim is in the top 1% of staff that I have supervised. – Michael A Zagyva, Canby School District Board Chair

David Valenzuela - Madison High School • Portland, Oregon
David Valenzuela
Madison High School • Portland, Oregon
9-12th Grade • Biomedical Sciences

“Science education is an extraordinary opportunity to engage all students. I step into my classroom with the goal of encouraging my students to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems. As a teacher, there is nothing that excites me more than empowering our biomedical students to explore complex topics such as how to prevent and fight novel infections, screen and evaluate the code in our DNA, prevent and conquer cancer, and develop solutions to prevail when organs fail. Our students are conducting cutting edge graduate level research while in high school. This raises their academic achievement, and sets them up to succeed in the classroom and beyond.” - David Valenzuela

Meet David!

  • Guiding colleagues and students as the Chair of Madison HS Science Department, and advisor of the Hispanic Club, American Red Cross Club and Health Occupation Students of America club advisor
  • Honored to welcome Governor Kate Brown and Representative Earl Blumenauer for a classroom visit
  • M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Foundation Partner in Science Fellow
  • Brought grants and research facility partnerships to bear, offering students hands-on experience

Reflecting on David's impact:

David Valenzuela provides an extraordinary array of innovative teaching methods to reach all of our students. He approaches his teaching through the lens that science should not be just reading out of a textbook, but actively pursuing knowledge in engaging ways. – Jill Semlick, Peer Educator

He was hired to start our Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program. What he has done for the program, the science department, school, and most importantly students has been nothing short of remarkable. – Petra Callin, Principal