PORTLAND, Ore. (2/20/14)--OnPoint Community CU announced details for its fifth prize for excellence in education, which awards funds to schools and pays the mortgages for one year for two winning teachers.
The $3.4 billion-asset credit union recognizes one kindergarten through eighth-grade teacher and one ninth- through 12th-grade teacher as Educators of the Year. It pays the winners' mortgages for one school year and donates $1,000 to their schools. One finalist from each grade range will receive $500 for themselves and $500 for their schools.
Nominations are being accepted by the Portland, Ore.-based credit union until April 15. Winners will be announced May 22. OnPoint Community CU was founded by teachers more than 80 years ago.
"Our annual OnPoint Prize award celebrates extraordinary teachers whose work sparks enthusiasm and passion in students and their parents," said President/CEO Rob Stuart. "This award is an opportunity to recognize educators who make a difference in the lives of students and the communities where we live."
Last year, Barbara Nasewytewa, a fifth-grade teacher at Brookwood Elementary School, Hillsboro, Ore., was honored as named K-8 Educator of the Year. Nasewytewa was recognized for her positive impact on students, dedication to school-wide initiatives such as summer science camp and ongoing collaboration with peers.
Francesca Morrison, an economics teacher at McMinnville High School, was named 9-12 Educator of the Year for 2013. She was recognized for development of financial literacy lessons including the Entrepreneur Marketplace, "An Interview with History" collection on wartime experiences and her support of Special Olympics and Project Unity.