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Marian Thacher Retires as OTAN Director

Posted on 08/07/2012

Marian Thacher, OTAN
Marian Thacher / OTAN Photo

Marian Thacher has announced her retirement from her position as the Director of OTAN as of August 31. Marian came to OTAN in 2001 from San Diego Community College District Continuing Education, where she taught ESL and managed a variety of technology projects. She came to OTAN as a Project Coordinator, and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Technology Integration Mentor Academy, and the Technology Plan training and implementation for agencies receiving EL Civics Civic Participation funding. She played a significant role in the development and dissemination of the state Adult Education Technology Plan.

In 2006, Marian became the Director of OTAN. Under her guidance OTAN has expanded its role in distance learning, especially online instruction, as well as expanding the array of professional development opportunities OTAN offers to teachers and administrators. OTAN now provides online meeting and webinar space for professional development and virtual meetings. She also led the exploration of Moodle as an online course management tool, and OTAN now hosts over 300 Moodle courses for adult educators across California. In order to help teachers become acquainted with online instruction, OTAN recruited the first group of Online Teaching Academy participants in 2010-11, a project now entering its third year. In 2011, OTAN offered grants to ten adult education agencies to initiate or improve online instruction through the Adult Learning through Online Education (ALOE) project. Those agencies will complete their projects in May 2013.

Marian will be starting her new position with the Sacramento Public Library (www) in September, helping to coordinate the library literacy program.