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Educator of the Year

Meet our 2020 winners!

Meet our 2020 Educator of the Year Winners!

Our esteemed Educators of the Year winners will each have their mortgages paid for one full year. Additionally, their schools will receive a $2,500 donation for resources and supplies.

Carol Biskupic Knight Headshot

K-8 Winner

Carol Biskupic Knight

Sato Elementary in the Beaverton School District

4th Grade

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9-12 Winner

Kerryn Henderson

Parkrose High School in the Parkrose School District

AP Biology/AVID

Meet our 2020 Educator of the Year Finalists

Finalists will each receive a $5,000 cash award plus an additional $1,500 to their schools for resources and supplies.

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K-8 Finalist

Ali Herron

Marysville Elementary in Portland Public Schools

Kindergarten

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9-12 Finalist

Matt Sten

Cleveland High School in Portland Public Schools

Modern World History and Government/Economics

Meet our 2020 Circle of Excellence

These six outstanding educators in our Circle of Excellence will receive a $1,500 cash award plus an additional $1,000 to their schools for resources and supplies.

Alfonso Garcia Arriola Headshot

K-8 Circle of Excellence

Alfonso Garcia Arriola

ACCESS Academy in Portland Public Schools

7th & 8th Grade Science

Jesse Gardner Headshot

9-12 Circle of Excellence

Jesse Gardner

Madison High School in Portland Public Schools

Career and College Exploration, Hip-Hop Literature

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9-12 Circle of Excellence

Janelle Jackson

Dayton High School in Dayton School District #8

Alternative Education

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9-12 Circle of Excellence

Hillary Marshall

Washougal High School in Washougal School District

Library Media Specialist

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9-12 Circle of Excellence

Pauline Pham

Springfield High School in Springfield Public Schools

Special Education and English

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K-8 Circle of Excellence

Erika Pollock

Lake Grove Elementary in the Lake Oswego School District

1st Grade

Watch the announcement of our 2020 Educator of the Year winners as it appeared on KGW 8.

Announcement of our 2020 Educator of the Year winners

About the OnPoint Prize Educator of the Year Award

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:

Creativity and Enthusiasm

Teachers who inspire creativity and enthusiasm in the classroom.

Teaching Methods

Educators who demonstrate exemplary teaching methods and style.

Community Impact

Individuals who have significant impact on students, parents, peers and their community.

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.

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Who Is Awarded What Amount?

OnPoint has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. Through the OnPoint Prize Educator of the Year award, we recognize the following:

Educator of the Year - Grades K-8

One teacher representing grades K-8 will have their mortgage paid for one year and receive a $2,500 donation to their school for resources and supplies.

Educator of the Year - Grades 9-12

One teacher representing grades 9-12 will have their mortgage paid for one year and receive a $2,500 donation to their school for resources and supplies.

Two Finalists - One each from grades K-8 & 9-12

Finalists will each win a $5,000 cash award, plus an additional $1,500 to their schools for resources and supplies.

Circle of Excellence

Six educators will each win a $1,500 cash award, plus an additional $1000 to their schools for resources and supplies.

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