OnPoint Community Credit Union Opens Nominations for Excellence in Education Award


PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — OnPoint Community Credit Union announced Tuesday that the nomination period is now open for the 2022 OnPoint Award for Excellence in Education.

13and the annual celebration will award up to $150,000 to local educators and schools, including mortgage or rent payments for three grand prize-winning educators, cash prizes of $5,000 to three finalists, and contributions to schools of the six finalists.

In addition to recognizing outstanding educators, the OnPoint award includes the Community Builder Award, which awards four schools $2,000 for innovative school projects, and a fifth school, selected by community votes, will receive $5,000.

“Now more than ever, we recognize the vital role that quality education plays in our community,” said OnPoint President and CEO Rob Stuart. “We celebrate outstanding educators every day, and the OnPoint Award gives us a special opportunity to elevate those who inspire creativity, enthusiasm and curiosity in the classroom, and to have a real impact on students, parents, teachers. peers and the wider community.”

Anyone can nominate an Outstanding Educator or apply for a Community Builder Award today by visiting www.onpointprize.com. The nomination period closes at 5:30 p.m. PST on Tuesday, April 12, 2022. OnPoint will announce the Educator of the Year finalists and Community Builder winners on May 10.

This year’s awards include:

  • Educators of the Year
    • Educators of the Year: Three educators, one representing grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, will each have their mortgage or rent paid for a full year and receive a $2,500 donation to their school for resources and supplies.
    • Finalists: Three educators, one in K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, will each receive a cash prize of $5,000 and an additional $1,500 to their schools for resources and supplies.
  • Community Builders Award
    • A school, selected by community vote, will receive $5,000 for a project that has had a positive impact on their school or community.
    • Four additional schools will receive $2,000 for special projects.

2021 winners

Since 2010, the OnPoint Award for Excellence in Education has awarded more than $562,000 in prizes and supported more than 296 local educators and schools. Last year, OnPoint awarded six teachers and 11 schools more than $92,000 in cash prizes as part of the 2021 OnPoint Awards of Excellence. See below for details on the Educators of the Year award winners. year and Community Builder of the past year.

Educators of the Year

Lionel Clegg, a 1st teacher at Woodlawn Elementary in the Portland School District, Travis Rooke-Ley, an 8and math teacher at Whitford Middle School in the Beaverton School District, and Addie Lyden, activity director at Beaverton High School, have been named OnPoint’s 2021 Educator of the Year.

Lionel Clegg, the K-5 Educator of the Year, attended Woodlawn Elementary as a child and taught elementary school for 24 years. Clegg held a variety of roles within the school, including leader of Boys of Distinction, a mentorship program he created for boys in grades 3-5, and as an after-school tutor for the SUN School program. He champions diversity, equity, and inclusion in his classroom, school, and community, and has created a culturally appropriate learning environment that allows him to maintain strong relationships with his students.

“Teaching is not my job. It’s my goal. I am grateful to have the opportunity to help shape and change the lives of these children, to help make them strong adults,” said Clegg. “Winning this award validated the important work we do. We’re not doing this for the money; we do it because we really care about the kids. It’s amazing to know that OnPoint supports us and recognizes our role in the community.

Travis Rooke-Ley, the 2021 6-8 Educator of the Year, also strives to create a strong and welcoming sense of community in his classroom. He created a peer tutoring program with Structured Routine Classroom, which provides a space for neurotypical students to work with others with autism, intellectual disabilities and communication disorders. Rooke-Ley honors the varied life experiences of its diverse community of students and often teaches mathematical concepts in the context of real-world applications, such as housing, interest, loans, and tuition, in order to offer students a better understanding of importance and relevance. of these topics.

Addie Lyden, the 2021 9-12 Educator of the Year, has been an educator for over 20 years. After studying systemic racism and achievement gaps, Lyden made it her mission to break down school barriers for students of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ students in her classes. She strives to listen to and learn from her students, prioritizing their mental and physical well-being, and offers support to students facing challenges such as homelessness, abuse, immigration, legal issues, suicide and mental health issues. She has worked with other high schools to identify areas for improvement in staff development in relation to racism and discrimination and was asked to serve as a Black Student Union club advisor as a result of her work.

Community Builders Award

In 2021, OnPoint also presented five Community Builder Awards to schools for innovative projects that inspire students, foster community, demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and reach a broad segment of the school community. .

The $5,000 grand prize, selected by community votes, went to Holy Family Catholic School in southeast Portland. The award helps fund guest speaker engagement, book club materials, art supplies and cooking class ingredients as part of the school’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Project, which aims to foster a safe learning environment and a sense of community.

“OnPoint has given our school a powerful gift,” said Joseph Galati, principal of Holy Family Catholic School. “Being the recipient of the Community Builder Award has given us the impetus to really begin to examine and celebrate our diversity and cultural sensitivity. Collectively, our school has grown so much because of this award and has provided resources to achieve our first year goal so that we can continue to propel ourselves forward in the years to come. I encourage other school groups in our area to apply for the award, as it has had a tremendous impact on our community. Thank you OnPoint!”

Four schools in Oregon received the $2,000 prize: Awbrey Park Elementary’s Conscious Discipline Program, Cheldelin High School’s Fire and Food Yard, Elementary’s Recess for All Lyle and Elementary Vern Patrick’s StoryWalk.

About the nomination process

Information about the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education and how to submit a nomination is now available at www.onpointprize.com. Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators can also nominate themselves. Applicants must be a full-time or job-share teacher, counselor, or librarian for grades K-12 at an accredited public, private, or charter school located in any county served by OnPoint. OnPoint is also accepting entries for the Community Builders Awards in those same counties. For more information on the campaign, additional qualifications and contest rules, please visit www.onpointprize.com.


OnPoint Community Credit Union is Oregon’s largest credit union, serving more than 465,000 members and with assets of $9.0 billion. Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of Oregon’s 28 counties (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) and two Washington counties (Skamania and Clark) and their immediate family members. More information is available at www.onpointcu.com or 503-228-7077 or 800-527-3932.


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