The Beth Dalton Memorial Literacy Leadership Award

A passion for writing, books, and learning


If you were lucky enough to have known Beth Dalton, your life has been impacted by her passion for writing, books, and learning. Beth was a veritable warrior for literacy! She was a LACOE literacy consultant from 1999 until her passing in May of 2011.

Beth spent eight years in the Azusa Unified School District as a middle school ELA teacher prior to her tenure at LACOE. She served on the statewide Curriculum and Instructional Services Committee for Language Arts, trained thousands of teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators in various aspects of reading and writing, and volunteered at hospitals, reading to sick children and adults. She raised five incredible college-educated children of her own and doted on her grandchildren. We honor her memory by naming this award for her and the lasting legacy of her service to the field.
Award Winners
2020 Sarah Avanessian2020 Sarah Avanessian
Sarah Avanessian is an English HS teacher and instructional coach in the William S. Hart UHSD. Sarah was recognized as a literacy warrior who has impacted the lives of students, families and colleagues for 17 years. In 2017, she was named LA County Teacher of the Year....Read more
2019 Heather Meyers2019 Heather Meyers
Heather Meyers, the Library Media Tech at Hermosa View School in Hermosa Beach, is relentless in her pursuit of literacy for all students...Read more
2018 Lauren Medlin2018 Lauren Medlin
Lauren Medlin...Read more