Kennett Square, PA – Unionville-Chadds Ford School District (UCFSD) recently inducted four new members to the UCFSD Wall of Honor. Jamie Bartholomew Aller from the Class of 1998, Charlie Ferron from the Class of 1958 (honored posthumously), Rick McFeely from the Class of 1980, and Robert Pearson from the Class of 1967 were inducted during a Wall of Honor Celebration on September 30, 2022, at Unionville High School. The inductees were also recognized later that evening on the field at halftime during Unionville’s Homecoming football game. The inductees also visited with Unionville High School students that morning. This was an incredible opportunity for Unionville students to hear first hand from the inductees and learn about their journey and success.
To uphold the District’s mission of empowering students to succeed in life and contribute to society, and to inspire current students and the community, Unionville-Chadds Ford selects alumni each year whose lives reflect the values of our mission for recognition on the UCFSD Wall of Honor. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional alumni who have achieved great success and contributed so much to society since graduating from Unionville High School.
Those who are inducted into the Wall of Honor have had significant accomplishments in their personal and professional lives through community and humanitarian service and/or have exhibited a lifelong commitment to educational excellence. Since 2008, the District has inducted 35 alumni into our Wall of Honor.
Each year there is a call for Wall of Honor nominations from the community. A nomination committee consisting of district administrators, board members and teachers reviews the nominations and identifies finalists, who are then reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee, consisting of district staff, students, parents, community members, and former Wall of Honor Inductees, judges each nominee to determine our inductees for the year. There were several outstanding candidates and the four inductees selected this year rose to the top.
The District recently created a Portrait of a Graduate. The Portrait of a Graduate is the District's North Star to help inform decisions and guide students on their journey through UCFSD and beyond. It is the culmination of many thoughts and ideas shared by the community and the hopes and dreams they have for UCFSD students once they graduate. The five points to the District’s North Star are: Be Inspired to Learn… Succeed in Life…Contribute to Society…Take Care of Yourself…. and Build your Character. This year’s four inductees, and all of the previous Wall of Honor inductees, are the best examples of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate.
At the celebration, Aller, McFeely, Pearson, and representatives from the Ferron family each received a commemorative “north star” to mark the occasion. They were each introduced by a student leader from the high school, after which they shared remarks about their journey and accomplishments since graduating from Unionville. The event concluded at the physical Wall of Honor located in the high school, where the inductees' plaques were on display and will remain on display for one year after which they will be included on a perpetual plaque recognizing all of the District’s past Wall of Honor inductees.
During the event, Dr. John Sanville, UCFSD Superintendent shared, “The Wall of Honor is an important tradition for us. It is my honor to be here with all of you for this exciting celebration as we recognize four exceptional alumni who have achieved great success and contributed so much to society since graduating from Unionville High School. Jamie, Rick, Charlie and Robert, as well as all of the previous Wall of Honor inductees, are the best examples of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate and have fulfilled the hopes and dreams that we have for our alumni and that we will continue to have for future alumni to come. Thank you all for being shining examples for our students and the community.”
About the 2022 UCFSD Wall of Honor Inductees:
Jamie Bartholomew Aller - Class of 1998
Jamie graduated from Princeton University in 2002, where she rowed crew and was a member of the equestrian team. In 2003, she received her Master’s Degree in Comparative Social Policy from Oxford University in the United Kingdom, where she was a member of the polo team. After receiving her law degree from Harvard University in 2006, Jamie worked as an associate at Debevoise and Plimpton, LLP in New York, New York. In 2010, Jamie left her high-powered job at the Manhattan law firm and returned to Chester County to join the National Bank of Malvern. Founded by Jamie’s great-great-grandfather in 1884, then run by her grandmother and mother, the National Bank of Malvern is the only female-owned national bank in Pennsylvania, and one of only a handful of female-owned banks in the United States. Jamie serves on the Board of Directors for the National Bank of Malvern and, through her work, has made a significant impact on ensuring the bank continues to thrive in the 21st century. Jamie’s exceptional leadership in the legal and financial world has been featured in Main Line Today’s article about “Women on the Move,” and in 2017 the Philadelphia Business Journal named her one of Philadelphia’s “40 under 40” people to watch. Most recently, Jamie was selected to sit on the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Minority Depository Institution Advisory Committee in Washington, D.C. for a third term. In her free time, Jamie volunteers with the Brandywine Conservancy and Planned Parenthood.
Charles T. Ferron - Class of 1958
Upon high school graduation, Charlie was awarded a full athletic scholarship to attend West Chester State College. The summer after earning his teaching degree in 1962 he was hired by Unionville thus beginning his 35-year teaching career with the district. Charlie started as an elementary teacher but spent the majority of his career teaching middle school Science and Social Studies at Unionville/Patton Middle School. He also spent time teaching Driver's Education at Unionville High School. During his years as a teacher, he connected with children, their parents, and staff with compassion and enthusiasm like no other. Charlie was a natural leader and a gifted coach. He is fondly remembered as an outstanding teacher, but many remember him most as a coach for Unionville's Boys Basketball, a position he held for 20 years. Additionally, he coached baseball and founded Unionville's golf team in 1971. His devotion to his colleagues was exhibited when he and a small group of teachers founded Unionville's first Teachers Association. Charlie was the chief negotiator for many years. Because of his negotiating skills, salaries and benefits were greatly improved. Teachers soon found stability and opportunity at Unionville-Chadds Ford School District and thus chose to dedicate their lives to the district and the families who live here.
Richard A. McFeely, Jr. - Class of 1980
Rick McFeely has served our country as a leader in the FBI for 24 years. He served as a lead case agent investigating the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing in 1995. In 1997, Rick was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters, and a year later was detailed to the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy. Two years later, Rick transferred to the FBI’s Washington Field Office. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, he served as the On-scene Commander at the Pentagon crash site and later supervised a joint agency international counterterrorism squad. In 2005, he received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterterrorism Investigation for supervising a multinational investigation into an assassination plot against a foreign head of state. A year later, Rick became Section Chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters where he had oversight of all FBI undercover operations. He was promoted in 2009 to Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Baltimore Division. Ultimately, he was called back by FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as one of the two high-ranking executives with oversight of all FBI operations worldwide. In 2017, he was interviewed by President Trump to serve as the FBI Director, a position he declined. He has a law degree and currently serves as Global Chief Security Officer for Ernst & Young Global. He married Beth Adams, the UHS Class of 1980 President.
Robert R. Pearson - Class of 1967
Robert has been contributing to Chester County, and more specifically the greater Unionville-Chadds Ford community for over 50 years. After graduating from Unionville High School, Robert attended Albright College in Reading, PA where he received his degree in Economics. He enlisted in the Marine Corps shortly after and was ultimately honorably discharged after an injury. Robert returned home to Chester County and started his first excavation business, which would later turn into Robert R. Pearson, Inc. Over the years, he helped shape many of the housing communities within the school district. He was pleased to construct the traffic circle in the heart of Unionville. Robert R. Pearson, Inc. was one of the largest local utility contractors in the late eighties and early nineties installing hundreds of miles of pressurized water pipe throughout Chester County, bringing public water to communities from Newlin to Honey Brook. Robert was instrumental in purchasing land for sensible home development and helped landowners transition, and build sensible communities reducing the opportunity for larger national builders to construct high-volume homes and help maintain the special beauty of our area. Robert has been honored to be an elected Township Supervisor in Newlin Township for over 35 years. He has served multiple terms as President of the Board of Supervisors and is also the township Road Master. He worked diligently on multiple issues impacting the quality of roads, zoning, taxes, and general living conditions of the township community. Starting with being Student Council President during his Junior and Senior years at UHS, Robert continued to be an active supporter of UCFSD activities as a resident of the school district and a parent. Robert was a significant donor when the Unionville Elementary School updated its front façade and he donated time to install the lights on the football field. His farm was the location for restoring and storing bikes for the annual bike drive and for storage of the After Prom materials and equipment for multiple years.