OnPoint Community Credit Union names 2016 Educators of the Year

Two local teachers will each have their mortgages paid in recognition for the award

PORTLAND, OR (June 4, 2016) — June 3, 2016—OnPoint Community Credit Union today announced that Emily Ferguson was named K–8 Educator of the Year and Doug Beardsley was named 9–12 Educator of the Year. The top prize pays each teacher’s mortgage for one school year and awards a $2,500 donation to their schools for resources and supplies.

The annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education recognizes exceptional teachers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington for their ability to encourage creativity, inspire enthusiasm for learning, and positively impact their students. Since 2010, hundreds of teachers have been nominated by their peers, students, and parents. At the conclusion of its seventh year, OnPoint has honored 50 teachers with prizes reaching nearly $200,000.

K-8 Educator of the Year

Emily Ferguson

7th – 8th Grade – Language Arts

Winterhaven School

Portland, Oregon

Ferguson has 10 years of teaching experience and stood out for her ability to adapt and modify curriculum to simultaneously meet the varying needs of each student. She has fostered an environment where students are encouraged to grow as writers and citizens. Her impact is reflected in the many creative projects and opportunities implemented for her students such as the Winterhaven Variety Show, and the 8th grade capstone project: a rock opera, which is written and performed–from cast to crew to musicians–entirely by her students. Ferguson will receive her mortgage paid for one school year by OnPoint Community Credit Union, plus $2,500 for her school to be used for resources and supplies.

9-12 Educator of the Year

Doug Beardsley

10th – 12th Grade – Biology

Reynolds High School

Troutdale, Oregon

Beardsley, a former Pediatric Neurology Researcher at Oregon Health Sciences University, has been teaching Biology at Reynolds for over 13 years. He was recognized for his ability to create challenging and engaging curriculum, and for inspiring students for years after leaving his classroom. In addition to his classes, Beardsley has motivated students as Senior Class Advisor, by creating an Honors Biology program and guiding students through the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Beardsley will receive his mortgage paid for one school year by OnPoint Community Credit Union, plus $2,500 for his school to be used for resources and supplies.

“As a credit union founded by teachers more than 80 years ago, OnPoint has always understood that inspiring educators make a tremendous difference in the lives of students and in the communities where we live,” said OnPoint Community Credit Union’s President and CEO, Rob Stuart. “The OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education is our opportunity to recognize the creativity and dedication of teachers who impact in our lives.”

The following 2016 finalists will each receive $2,500 for themselves and $1,000 for their schools for resources and supplies:

  • Reid Kimura– K-8 Finalist

2nd grade

Columbus Elementary School

McMinnville, Oregon

  • Lindsey Hathaway– 9-12 Finalist

Alternative Learning

Skyview High School

Vancouver, Washington

In addition to the Educator of the Year Award, OnPoint also honored four schools with the Community Choice Award. The $500 award provides funding for schools to complete a project that is enriching to the school, students and faculty.

2016 Community Choice Award Recipients:

  • Alder Creek Middle School, Milwaukie, Oregon – Drum line
  • Aloha High School, Beaverton, Oregon – Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program
  • Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, Forest Grove, Oregon – Positive Behavior Support Program
  • Willamina Elementary School, Willamina, Oregon – Playground Enhancements



Photo Caption: OnPoint Community Credit Union honors local teachers at award ceremony.

About OnPoint Community Credit Union

Founded in 1932, OnPoint Community Credit Union is the largest credit union in Oregon, serving more than 465,000 members and with assets of $9.0 billion. OnPoint membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of 28 Oregon 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 or 800-527-3932.


Tim Clevenger, Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer
OnPoint Community Credit Union or 503.536.9252

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