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Marla Tyler Is Recognized

The Adult Education staff of Okefenokee Technical College treated Marla Tyler to an elegant retirement party on September 14, 2006, at the Okefenokee Country Club. She has held her current position of Director of Adult Education at OTC for the past six years, but has worked in education since she first moved to Georgia.

The celebration theme for the retirement party was “Up, Up and Away,” and the décor featured a large, hot-air balloon near the podium in the banquet room. Mrs. Beth Strickland welcomed everyone, and showed a slideshow created by Heather Goodman. The touching media presentation featured Ms. Tyler with Adult Education staff and students, and of course, her family, including her new grandbaby.

Ms. Gloria Reid gave the invocation, and guests enjoyed a delicious, cateredMarla Tyler buffet meal. Afterwards, Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Vice President of Economic Development, entertained the group with light-hearted humor about “growing old.” After the giggling subsided, Dr. Aspinwall complimented Ms. Tyler on her exemplary work with adult education.

Cathy Daniels, Ware County Adult Education instructor, paid tribute to Ms. Tyler, as well. She described Marla as “having a strong sense of purpose regarding literacy.” According to Daniels, Ms. Tyler enacted many changes in the adult education program, dragging some reluctant staff to begin using email and various other technologies, which ultimately improved communication and consistency within the overall SDA 36 literacy program. Daniels concluded her remarks with, “I know Marla will continue to make a difference wherever her life takes her – she has made and leaves her mark here.”

Peggy Justice, Brantley County Adult Education instructor, put Marla in the “hot seat,” and centered her remarks around a table full of assorted gifts that she gave to Ms. Tyler. Each gift had a special meaning and was turquoise in color, as Marla’s favorite color is turquoise.  

Ms. Tyler thanked each guest individually for coming and for touching her life in some way. She paused emotionally when she thanked her brother, Danny Maddox, who was greatly responsible for Marla’s move to Waycross. She thanked Danny for allowing her to take part in the lives of his wonderful daughters. Marla’s children, who live in California, were not able to attend, but congratulate their mom and look forward to spending more time with her.

Special out-of-town guests included Dahlia Wren, Director of Adult Education for Heart of Georgia Technical College; Dr. James Humphlett of Coastal Georgia Community College; Kim Nolan, Adult Education instructor with East Central Technical College; and Kenneth McMillin of Albany Technical College.

Beth Strickland coordinated the event and decorated the banquet room. A special thanks goes out to Nancy Sasser, who designed and helped arrange the fresh flower centerpieces on the guest tables. Thanks also to Mark Deal and his Environmental Horticulture class for their part in making the evening special.





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