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 Choice - **NEW** - Four schools will win $500 for a special project of their choice.

Campaign Updates:

Two prizes awarding excellence in education.

Educator of the Year

Winners announced.

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Community Choice Award

Winners announced.

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2016 Educator of the Year Winners

Our esteemed 2016 Educators of the Year will each have their mortgage paid for one school year. Additionally, each of their schools received $2500 for resources and supplies.

Congratulations to Emily Ferguson and Doug Beardsley!

Emily Ferguson - Winterhaven School • Portland, Oregon
K-8 Winner
Emily Ferguson
Winterhaven School • Portland, Oregon
7th and 8th grades • Language Arts

Emily's energy, creativity and passion for her profession have impacted many of her students, parents and fellow colleagues. She adapts and modifies her curriculum to meet the varying level of needs for each student. Her impact is reflected in the many creative projects and opportunities implemented for her students such as the  Winterhaven Talent Show and the 8th grade capstone project: a rock opera - written, performed and directed entirely by her students.

"She has spent her career as an educator fostering a belief that her students already are writers and that her job is to help them...focus their existing creative skills to find their own voice with self-confidence, passion and clarity."

"Her passion for teaching and encouraging individuality is infectious among her students."

Doug Beardsley - Reynolds High School • Troutdale, Oregon
9-12 Winner
Doug Beardsley
Reynolds High School • Troutdale, Oregon
Biology

Doug creates challenging and engaging curriculum, impacting students for years after they leave his classroom. He has inspired students as Senior Class Advisor, created an Honors Biology program and developed curriculum for the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. 100 percent of his graduated AVID students have been accepted into four-year universities.

"As a biology teacher, Doug has inspired a generation of students to pursue careers in science. His labs are legendary and the thrill of them are passed down as lore through the students at Reynolds."

"I came into class on that first day of sophomore year and all I was told was that you were a hard teacher...nobody told me you would change my life."

2016 Educator of the Year Finalists

Each of our two finalists received a $2,500 cash reward, plus an additional $1,000 was awarded to each of their schools for resources and supplies.

Congratulations Reid Kimura and and Lindsey Hathaway!

Reid Kimura - Columbus Elementary • McMinnville, Oregon
K-8 Finalist
Reid Kimura
Columbus Elementary • McMinnville, Oregon
2nd grade

Reid uses innovative lessons including his "whole brain" teaching style, illustrating his unique ability to motivate and engage his 2nd grade students. Reid's dedication to his students goes beyond the classroom, raising funds to send students to field trips they may not have had a chance to attend including a Broadway play and an iFly adventure, where kids incorporate what they learned in the classroom such as inertia and aerodynamics.

"Reid is one of those teachers they make movies about. He moves his students far past academic proficiency and instills in them both passion and purpose."

"You can feel the strong energy in Reid's teaching style immediately when you enter his classroom. Reid allows kids to think deeply and also understands the importance of creativity."

Lindsey Hathaway - Skyview High School • Vancouver, Washington
9-12 Finalist
Lindsey Hathaway
Skyview High School • Vancouver, Washington
Alternative Learning

Lindsey reaches students in any circumstance and goes above and beyond in her enthusiasm, dedication, and commitment to do whatever is necessary to support her students and colleagues. Her work in AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) has made higher education possible for many of her traditionally underrepresented students.

"Teaching is more than a career to Lindsey Hathaway, it is her everything, those students are like her kids. Lindsey [reaches] those students who are stubborn, supports those students who are broken, and brings those students to a realization of their true potential."

"I've not met a student who Lindsey cannot reach. She has high expectations for every one of them, and then provides the supports that enable them to climb their own ladders and reach their own stars."

Frequently Asked Questions

Educator of the Year

Community Choice

  • Why were the finalists announced as winners instead of being presented for community voting?

    The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee identified four eligible applicants to present as finalists. Because the campaign awards four $500 prizes, these finalists were each awarded a prize.

  • What is the Community Choice award?

    The Community Choice award is a new contest as part of the 2016 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. Schools may submit applications from February 8 – April 1 to propose a project they hope to complete. On April 11, the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will announce the four Community Choice award recipients.

  • What prizes will be awarded to schools as part of the Community Choice contest?

    This year, four schools will be named Community Choice recipients. Each winner will receive a $500 grant to complete the project proposed by the school.

  • Who is eligible to submit a Community Choice application?

    Administrators, staff, or faculty members, as well as officers of parent or booster groups affiliated with eligible schools may submit a Community Choice application. Eligible schools include public or private K-12 schools located within any county that 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).

  • Can I still apply for the Community Choice Award?

    The application period is now closed. Learn more about our Community Choice winners by clicking here.

  • How will the Community Choice Recipients be selected?

    All prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee, which will judge all applications received via the following criteria:

    • Will the project inspire creativity and foster community?
    • Will the project reach a broad segment (group) of the school community?
    • Can the project be completed with the $500 Community Choice award, and if not what is the plan to raise any outstanding funds needed?

    From the pool of applicants, the selection committee will appoint up to ten finalists to present publicly via onpointprize.com. The community will then be allowed to cast votes to help determine which four schools will be named Community Choice winners.

    Campaign update: The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee identified four eligible applicants to present as finalists. Because the campaign awards four $500 awards, these finalists were each awarded a prize.

  • Who are the 2016 Community Choice winners?

    Click here to learn more about the 2016 Community Choice winners.

  • Where can I find the contest rules for the Community Choice award?

    Please view Contest Rules, for full contest details and eligibility information.