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2020 Prize winner, Kerryn Henderson in her school office

Educator of the Year

Nominations Accepted Until April 13, 2021

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 community. 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.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Educators who demonstrate diversity, equity and inclusion inside their classroom and school.

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, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Wasco, Washington, Wheeler, 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-5

One teacher representing grades K-5 will have their mortgage or rent paid for one year and receive a $2,500 donation to their school for resources and supplies.

Educator of the Year Grades 6-8 (New!)

One teacher representing grades 6-8 will have their mortgage or rent 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 or rent paid for one year and receive a $2,500 donation to their school for resources and supplies.

Three Finalists – One each from grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12

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

How can I nominate a teacher?

Please follow the steps below to begin the Educator of the Year nomination process.

  • 1

    Review the nomination guidelines

    Make sure you understand the nomination guidelines and contest rules before you submit your nomination. Online submissions are strongly encouraged.

  • 2

    Complete the nomination checklist

    The Educator of the Year nomination consists of four parts. Complete all items in the nomination checklist before submission. Partial or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

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Submit your nomination



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