Current and former students, staff and friends of St Jude Regional Catholic School, Rockville, gathered Sept. 6 to honor former principal Mary Ellen Jordan with the dedication of a newly renovated wing of the school.
The Mary Ellen Jordan wing of the school, used by middle school students, was named for the much-loved former principal who passed away in December 2011, Principal Glenn Benjamin said.
She worked at the school for 40 years, starting in 1971 as a teacher and retiring in June 2011.
Eighth-grader, Annie Martin, 13, of Rockville, said Jordan was her principal since kindergarten.
“I remember all her kindness. You could walk into her office and she was always there to talk to you. She cared about the school,” Annie said.
Jordan’s niece, Kelly Jordan, who also attended St. Jude, cut the red ribbon officially opening the wing which was refurbished with donations made in Jordan’s memory.
“She knew everyone’s name and when she would walk down the hall, the little kids would flock to her. They would line up to hug her,” Kelly Jordan said. “This would just mean the world to her, she spent so much time here.”
Stephanie Lushniak, 13, of Rockville, said her favorite memory of Jordan was playing the piano for her.
“Every year at the end of the school year she would ask me to play the piano for her. She [especially] liked “Fur Elise by Beethoven,” Stephanie said.