County Honors AHS Teacher

The Alameda County Office of Education recently honored John Dalton, who teaches television media and digital filmmaking at Alameda High School (AHS). Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) named Dalton the district’s teacher of the year in May. In making the award, the district cited Dalton’s passion for teaching, his dedication to the craft of media production, as well as his support of career technical education.

"I was delighted to see John at the county ceremony," said AUSD Superintendent Sean McPhetridge. "He is a model teacher. He is devoted to the crafts of both teaching and media, and he is continually looking for new ways to partner with other professionals and institutions to develop career pathways. His abilities to nurture students and partner with adults are stellar. I am thankful he is part of our AUSD team."

Dalton began working at AHS in 2007, when AUSD hired him as a consultant to improve the school’s media program. Since becoming a full-time instructor in 2008, he has taught television media, digital filmmaking and multi-media arts. He has also provided instruction in the school’s Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program. For a number of years, he also organized "Project YouthView," a Bay Area film festival that drew dozens of entries each year.

"It has been such a pleasure to serve students in this incredible and unique school district," Dalton said. "I am elated about being AUSD’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. I personally accredit that honor to the talents of our students, who step up every day with a positive and entrepreneurial attitude and produce amazing work of high quality on a consistent basis."