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Alumni Spotlight

The Apollo-Ridge School District is recognizing our alumni for their significant contributions while attending school and their inspiring accomplishments after graduation. Alumni from Apollo, Elders Ridge, and Apollo-Ridge are eligible for this recognition.


Each month a new graduate will be featured and previous postings will be archived in the strip at right.


In order to submit a nominee, please complete this form. Your contact information is not required, but enables the District to get in touch if additional details or clarifications are necessary.

A very proud Gerald Pears nominated his children for their many accomplishments since graduating from Apollo-Ridge
Pears Family  
Pictured are Tammy, Mark, and Pamela Pears
Tammy PearsTammy Pears
Class of 1987


Clarion University Class of 1992

Honors Program

Business Administration

French immersion experience at Universite du Quebec, 1990

Award for Exemplary Service from Mass Mutual, 2017

Presently manager a $2 billion retirement account for Mass Mutual, the largest in their system.


Tammy is a prime example of someone who worked and studied very hard in high school. She was committed to doing her academic work at the best level possible and kept at it until it was done correctly. She tried to reach perfection in all her work and to this day, strives for the same.


Tammy does not hesitate to note that Mrs. Nancy Stevens was the teacher that was the biggest influence on her as a student. She was tough, but was excellent in preparing students for college SAT's and college in general. Tammy credits Mrs. Stevens for a lot of her college success.




Class of 1989


Millersville University Class of 1993

B.A. Magna Cum Laude, French

University of Pittsburgh Class of 1996

M.A. French Language and Literature

University of Pittsburgh Class of 2001

PhD French Language and Literature

Junior year abroad at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France

Lecturer in English at Universite Francois Rabelas, Tours, France, 1994-1995

Assistant Professor of French, Washington College, Chestertown, MD 2001 - 2007

Associate Professor of French Washington College, 2007-2016

Professor of French, Washington College, Present

Chair, Department of Modern Language, Washington College, 2007-2010, 2014-2017

Presently working on her third book in French History & Literature


Pam had a love of languages all through high school and this interest was further fortified by the faculty involvement at Apollo-Ridge. She was encouraged on a regular basis to become involved in the arts and enjoy learning and using languages. The faculty recognized her gift in this area and kept it alive and interesting.


Mr. Ron Ferrara was an inspiration to Pam all through high school. He was so supportive in so many ways. He encouraged Pam to take advantage of learning opportunities outside of high school such as summer camps and study abroad. He lit the fire that changed the trajectory of her life and it still burns today.




Class of 2003


Penn State University Class of 2007

Industrial Engineering

Bosch Corporation, Charleston SC, 2008

Engineer and Assembly Line Supervisor

Mine Safety Appliance Co., 2014; Manager of Engineering, 2016; MSA Plant Manager, Lake Forest, CA, 2018


Mark feels that a student can be motivated by a teacher to reach their goals in achieving academic success, beyond the impetus of a mentor a students needs to push themselves to reach high levels of learning. Patience and hard work will transcend into a rewarding career.


Mark credits two teachers at Apollo-Ridge who inspired him to reach goals academically. Mr. Eddy challenged him in mathematics and made learning interesting and fun at the same time. Mr. Zoldak was a very caring teacher and took an interest in his students and nurtured them to do well and to continue to learn.