Caryn Anderson, fourth grade teacher at Abernethy Elementary School, was one of four winners of the 2023 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education Educator of the Year awards. Each recipient of the award will have their mortgage or rent paid for one year and receive $2,500 for school resources and supplies.
The campaign was launched by OnPoint 14 years ago and celebrates those who embrace innovative teaching techniques that ignite enthusiasm in the lives of their students. “Educators have a profound impact on their students, as well as their entire community,” said Rob Stuart, President and CEO, OnPoint Community Credit Union. Nominees are evaluated on four criteria: creativity and enthusiasm, teaching methods, community impact and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Anderson balances individualized attention with an inclusive classroom environment. Her peers say she gives every student a voice, parents say she catches students who might otherwise fall through the cracks and her students see her as an ally when they need to share personal information with their families and friends.
For more on Anderson, and all this year’s recipients, visit onpointcu.com/onpoint-prize.