GREENSBURG — After nearly a half century in education, Greensburg Elementary School Principal Rock Linville has retired.
Family members and former colleagues said Mr. Linville’s dedication to the schools, teachers, administrators and students is unparalleled, and they praised him for finding innovative ways to keep parents, teachers and students engaged.
Linville, 70, was born in Batesville and studied education at Ball State University, getting a master’s degree from Indiana University. He began his career in education as a teacher in Florida, where he worked to be near family, but only a year later, he returned to Indiana, where he would work for the next 46 years at elementary schools including the former Rosenmund Elementary School.
Colleagues and Mr. Linville’s wife, Cheryl Linville, also said that he liked to work behind the scenes and eschewed recognition — though he placed a high emphasis in lauding both teachers and students with letters, notes and personal visits at homes and hospitals.
“He loves people. He is a people person,” his wife said.
But he does not like the limelight, she said.
“He’s a man of few words.”
When he is handed the microphone at a parent-teacher meeting, a luncheon or an outing, he talks only briefly, she said.
True to form, Mr. Linville declined to be interviewed for this story.
Others, however, had lots to say about their former leader.
Jane Taylor, a teacher at Rosenmund and Greensburg elementaries, said people who worked with Mr. Linville knew that he cared about his colleagues, their families and the students because he knew people by name, celebrated their accomplishments and consoled them in tough times.
“You knew he cared,” Taylor said, “and that made everything so much easier.”
“My mother is 95, and Rock still sends her cards,” she said.
Taylor and other former coworkers recently gathered at Greensburg Junior High School to reminisce about the time they spent with their mentor and friend.