Class of 2020
Natalie Lewis, Teacher from 2000 to 2014
Education - Teacher
Natalie William Lewis began her professional career on December 15, 1980 as a long-term substitute for the Chester-Upland School District, the day after her graduation from Cheney State College. In July of 1981, she was hired as lead teacher at Cheek Children’s Center in Philadelphia. Natalie taught in the Philadelphia School District for many years, where she worked at several schools throughout the city. Natalie decided to accept a position at Springfield Township High School in October of 2000 as the Family and Consumer Science teacher. She quickly became a favorite with many students and gained the respect of her colleagues and administration. She was asked to create new classes for the district, where she allowed her students to assist in naming them and even invited community partnerships into her classroom. She took students to the city of Philadelphia to develop an urban and suburban mentoring and tutoring program. Her efforts were recognized as a feature on "The 10 Show" and the PBS network "Religion, Ethics and Newsweekly" programs for the Department's originality and proactive approach to teen drug and alcohol use and teen pregnancy. In 2001, Natalie’s daughter was diagnosed with Lupus. Andraya, Natalie’s daughter, and the students in Natalie’s Child Career Studies Class started “Youth in the Loop for Lupus”, where they invited local dance schools to perform and raise money for the Lupus Foundation of America. The name was later changed to Youth in the Loop for Life, where students raised awareness of autoimmune diseases and sponsored programs to raise money for the foundation. Natalie was the co-creator of "Voices of Excellence ". The group’s highest scholarship award is given in her name. Natalie retired from Springfield Township School District in 2014. Natalie has received many awards during her career at Springfield Township High School including, • Springfield Rotary Community Service Award • SDST School Board Recognition • Super Spartan Faculty Award • National Honor Roll Teacher • Who's Who Among American Teachers • National Liberty Museum Teacher as a Hero • Classes Noble Educator of Distinction.
Richard Brooks, Class of 1961
Government - Military
Richard Brooks was born on August 27, 1943 in Philadelphia. He attended Springfield schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade and graduated from Springfield Township High School in 1961. From there, he attended Drexel University to obtain a business degree. While at Drexel, Richard was involved in the Army ROTC Program. After obtaining his degree in 1967 he entered the Army and was sent to Fort Carson for Officer’s training. On November 18, 1967, Richard was sent to Vietnam as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Infantry, 2nd Battalion, B Company. One month after being deployed, on December 27th, Richard was killed in action in the Quang Tin region of Vietnam. Subsequent to his death, he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and was awarded the Silver Star for bravery.
Kent Ferguson, Class of 1961
Education - Administration
Kent Ferguson graduated Springfield Township High School in 1961. While at Springfield Kent was the class President, a Student Council Officer, pep rally chairman, and was the first recipient of the Richard Ream “Best All-Around Student” medal for scholarship, service and school spirit. Kent went on to attend Ursinus College where he continued his involvement with student government.Kent was the president of the College Honor Society. After Ursinus, Kent received a three year fellowship to study for his PhD degree at Claremont Graduate University in California. Kent has devoted most of his life to progressive schools and schooling, he has served as a consultant, or as a part of the school board for Montessori Schools, Waldorf Schools, Franciscan Schools, Public Charter Schools, Outdoor Education Schools, Adult Education Schools, and college preparatory schools. Kent founded, and was the Headmaster, for three different schools spanning thirty years including “New Age Alternative School”, “Santa Barbara Middle School”, which was the only stand alone middle school fully credentialed by the California Association of Independent schools, and “The School Down Under”, located in New Zealand. In 1998, Kent was honored by the Mayor and city council of Santa Barbara for work with students and the completion of one million miles of bicycling in nine western states. Kent is a published author of the book “Firesongs: Morning Musings, Evening Embers”, and now resides in the Zuni Mountains of New Mexico.
Mary Tucker, Class of 2000
Entertainment - Actor
Mary Tucker, also known as Cadden Jones, is a New York stage and screen actor whose latest film and television credits include “Camp Wedding (2019)”, “Mr. Robot”, ''Law and Order SVU”, ''Alpha House”, ''I Love You, But I Lied”, “Blue Bloods”, and “The Absence”. She has worked alongside notable actors and personalities including Frank Langella, Mariska Hargitay, Chazz Palminteri, Tom Selleck, Andrew Lippa, and Shaquille O’Neal. Mary frequently appears on national television commercials including Geico, Cascade, etc. She also appears in multiple web series and print campaigns. She has appeared on stage in “Love, Actually”, “Pygmalion”, and “Infertility: The Musical That’s Hard to Conceive” to name a few.