Mary Roller is a familiar face at the local Ivy Tech Cooperative in Rushville. A life-long educator, Roller has witnessed a number of changes in the education process since her days in school.
A 1970 graduate of Rushville Consolidated High School, she first furthered her education at Earlham College.
“After three years at Earlham, and at that time of my life, I decided I wanted to work with senior citizens so I transferred to Ball State University in Muncie and graduated from BSU 1978,” Roller said.
Following college, Roller was instrumental in starting the Shelby Senior Services in Shelbyville. Shelby Senior Services is a not-for-profit and a location Roller worked until 1985.
The Rushville resident took a nine-year break to become a wife and parent, before returning to the work place in 1994.
“I took a break when I had my son and was a full-time mom until 1994 before returning to the work force,” Roller said.
Roller’s next employment was as an educator with the Rush County Soil and Water District. During that time and for 11 years, she also taught science education with the Rush County Schools for students Kindergarten through eighth grade.
In 2005, a career change again came and Roller accepted a position with the Community Education collation in Connersville; a position she held for the next four years until accepting the current position with Ivy Tech in 2010.
Teaching and expanding the horizons of individuals of all ages has been a goal for Roller. She sees education as the door to opportunities. Her diverse educational career has prepared her for growing the adult education program locally and making a difference in another generation.
“It’s all about education. Everything I‘ve done has been about education in one form or another, and hopefully it is a process that we never stop. Life-long learning is just that, if we don’t learn we stagnate,” Roller said.