Principal remembered as loving leader who always put children first

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Saturday mourners gathered at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church to celebrate the life of hero principal Susan Jordan.

Jordan died Tuesday in a tragic bus accident at Amy Beverland Elementary School in Lawrence Township. A bus somehow jumped a curb and in her final act, the 22-year principal pushed children to safety.

“A moment like this, as sad as it is, is a Thanksgiving that there are heroes in our world,” said Rev. Rob Fuquay, Senior Pastor, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.

A choir sang Saturday as a packed sanctuary at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church paid their respects to a woman who made education and leading educators her passion, even until her last breath.

“When the call came Tuesday, Susan did what all great educators do. She put the children first. She put those kids first,” said Dr. Shawn Smith, Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township.

“With courage and unconditional love, she made that decision without hesitation,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Principal Susan Jordan pushed students out of the way of that runaway bus, that somehow jumped a curb at dismissal time. Two 10-year-olds were hurt, but both survived.

IMPD is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, but ISP investigators found the bus had no mechanical issues.

“She gave her life for children, and she gave her life for children. She would be floored by all of this - floored,” said Lisa Jordan Jankowski, Jordan’s daughter,” She wasn’t a spotlight lover. She would always rather shine her light on others.”

Jordan’s daughter Lisa spoke of her mother as an extraordinary and beautiful woman, a brilliant leader who never wanted credit for anything.

Lisa said her mother would want her students, staff, friends, and family to keep going and keep living, despite the tragedy.

“She was so important to many children. We love her. We miss her. And we will now be the people she believed us to be,” she said.

Classes resume at Amy Beverland Elementary on Monday, February 1st.

You can make donations in memory of Susan Jordan to a special fund set up in her honor, that’s part of the Lawrence Township School Foundation.

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