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"Dian Christensen guides her students along each one’s singular developmental path with growth-building skills and support at every turn."
FROMJenn Dawson

"Dian Christensen is a rare and magnificent light.Her smile and laughter light up the entire school... We are so lucky to have Dian in our children's lives!"
FROMDestiny Houston

"Our kid loves going to school everyday to learn with his teachers and classmates. So it is no small thing to tell you that his weekly highlight is Dian's PE class."
FROMEric Klein

"I once volunteered in Dian's PE class and was amazed by her enthusiasm and energy! Her ceiling-swing activity was unconventional & awesome."
FROMJesse Bingham

"Dian is an amazing PE instructor. The Girls Strength class that she teaches is an amazing asset to the entire community."
FROMAmy Serradell



We're pleased to announce our final winners for the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. Both of these individuals have demonstrated a passion for their work and the ability to instill that passion in the students they teach. To all our finalists, we extend our congratulations and sincere thanks.

Thank you to all of you who made nominations, wrote references, and provided feedback. Without your participation, none of this would have been possible. We look forward to hearing from you again next year!

Educators of the Year

K-8th Grades 9-12th Grades
Elizabeth Lawson

Elizabeth Lawson

Crestline Elementary School
Vancouver, Washington
5th grade

“As building principal, bringing Beth to Crestline was the best decision I ever made. She challenges the status quo and is always looking to improve our building climate, staff development, parental involvement and classroom instruction… I was blown away by the beautiful physical classroom environment she had created for children, her calm manner and her intentional, artful craft of teaching. ”

– Bobbi Hite, Principal

Susan Bartley

Susan Bartley

Franklin High School
Portland, Oregon
9-12th grades/English & Leadership

“Susie is a highly skilled teacher who has high expectations of her students, but provides them with the support and encouragement needed to meet them. In the past five years, she has single-handedly grown the English Advanced Placement program and gone from one section to eight in a short period of time.”

– Shay James, Principal


K-8th Grades  
Dian Christensen

Dian Christensen

Sunnyside Environmental School
Portland, Oregon
K-8th grades/Physical Education


Meg Greiner

Independence Elementary School
Independence, Oregon
K-5th grades/Physical Education

9-12th Grades  
Rachel Davidson

Rachel Davidson

Centennial High School
Gresham, Oregon
9-12th grades/Science

Ryan Rowley

Ryan Rowley

Sheridan High School
Sheridan, Oregon
9-12th grades/Agriculture Science & Technology