OnPoint Covers a Year of Mortgage Payments for Three Local Teachers

Last week, three Portland area teachers got the surprise of their lives when they were named Educator of the Year by OnPoint Community Credit Union, as part of its 2021 Prize for Excellence in Education. They’ll have their mortgages paid by the credit union for one full year and receive $2,500 for each of their schools.

Captured in a series of touching videos shared on KGW TV, OnPoint staff visited the teachers’ classrooms to share the news that they’d won and present them with ceremonial big checks.

The winners include Lionel Clegg, a first grade teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Portland; Travis Rooke-Ley, an 8th grade math teacher at Whitford Middle School in Beaverton; and Addie Lyden, a high school history, law, and AVID teacher at Southridge High School in Beaverton.

“Thank you so much,” said Clegg, shocked by the news. “I’m actually shaking right now; you just can’t see it.”

OnPoint’s annual education awards ceremony began in 2010 as a way to celebrate local educators and schools that creatively engage students, inspire innovation in the classroom, and impact the lives of students and families.

Typically, two inspiring teachers are named “Educator of the Year,” but this year, OnPoint decided to recognize an additional teacher who showed unwavering dedication to supporting students during the pandemic. Three finalists for Educator of the Year also received $5,000 cash, plus $1,500 for their schools. The credit union also gave Community Builder Awards to five local schools, providing up to $5,000 for each school’s special projects that enrich their communities.

“Since the pandemic began, teachers and students have navigated unparalleled circumstances and worked hard to discover creative new ways to engage and teach students,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO of OnPoint Community Credit Union. “In reviewing nominations, we discovered all the innovative and inspiring ways educators have come together to support each other and engage students.”

Since the beginning in 2010, the contest has awarded more than $562,000 in prizes to 296 local educators and schools. The 2021 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education, in particular, awarded more than $92,000 to deserving public and private K-12 teachers and schools this year.

Visit OnPoint’s Prize for Excellence in Education program online to read more about this year’s winners.

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