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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2008 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 58 James Madison Fellows for the year 2008 in its seventeenth annual fellowship competition. James Madison Fellowships support the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged "Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights," a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow's course of study towards a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.

The 58 James Madison Fellows were selected in competition with applicants from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the nation's island and trust territories. The fellowships are funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation's secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation's constitutional heritage.

Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent establishment of the executive branch of the federal government. Additional information may be found at

2008 James Madison Fellows

Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach

Alaska Timothy C. Christopherson East Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK
Arizona Tiffany D. Frane Basha High School, Chandler, AZ
Arkansas Amber D. Hodges Russellville High School, Russellville, AR
California Catherine M. Alderman1 Anderson New Technology High School, Anderson, CA
California Susan M. Piekarski Irvington High School, Fremont, CA
California Jeffrey M. Sprague2 Holy Names High School, Oakland, CA
Connecticut Sarah A. Lawrence Hall High School, West Hartford, CT
Delaware William J. McGowan, III Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE
Florida Mary Z. Angelo Falcon Cove Middle School, Weston, FL
Georgia Zebulun D. Thomas Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, GA
Idaho Theresa H. Silvester Buhl Middle School, Buhl, ID
Illinois Erica Bray-Parker3 Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, IL
Illinois Robert S. Taylor John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Manchester, MO
Indiana Michael G. Gordon Munster High School, Munster, IN
Iowa Melanie A. Clark West Liberty High School, West Liberty, IA
Kansas Michael L. Wilmoth Wellington Senior High School, Wellington, KS
Kentucky Vanessa R. Lierley East Oldham Middle School, Crestwood, KY
Louisiana Emmitt Glynn, III Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, LA
Maryland Shawn F. Dougherty Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD
Maryland Brandy A. Reazer4 McKenney Hills Center Alternative Programs, Silver Spring, MD
Massachusetts Matthew F. Oosting North Reading High School, North Reading, MA
Michigan Brevet L. Bartels West Ottawa High School-North Campus, Holland, MI
Minnesota Shane A. Baker Century High School, Rochester, MN
Mississippi David J. Pinnow Lewisburg Middle/High School, Olive Branch, MS
Nebraska Cory J. Vasek Mary Our Queen School, Omaha, NE
Nevada Sarah L. Bothun Spanish Springs High School, Sparks, NV
New Hampshire Ryan N. Richman Timberlane Regional High School, Plaistow, NH
New Jersey Brian F. Boyce Manalapan High School, Englishtown, NJ
New Jersey Marc A. Lifland5 South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, NJ
New Mexico Karen D. Cox6 Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Albuquerque, NM
New Mexico Curtis P. Crane Mountain View Middle School, Alamogordo, NM
North Dakota Elliot G. Rotvold Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, ND
Ohio Kimberly J. Huffman7 Wayne County Joint Vocational School District, Smithville, OH
Ohio Eric W. Dameron Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, OH
Oklahoma Angela A. Dormiani8 Oklahoma City Public School District, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Stephanie D. Lowry Durant Senior High School, Durant, OK
Oregon Marc J. Brewer Clatskanie High School, Clatskanie, OR
Pennsylvania Maria R. Savini Upper Merion Area High School, King of Prussia, PA
Rhode Island Maureen E. McGuirl Jamestown Public Middle School, Jamestown, RI
South Carolina Ray F. Hawkins Woodland High School, Dorchester, SC
South Dakota Suzanne E. Moum-Nelson Stevens High School, Rapid City, SD
Tennessee James H. Thames Jr. Central High School, Memphis, TN
Texas Cari L. Gray New Braunfels Senior High School, New Braunfels, TX
Texas Sarah A. Kasparian9 Lakeview Centennial High School, Garland, TX
Utah Robert J. Stoddard Mountain View High School, Orem, UT
Vermont Jennifer M. Kelly Gunston Middle School, Arlington, VA
Virginia Kenneth A. Mason Central High School, Woodstock, VA
Washington Monty R. Johnson Sunnyside Senior High School, Sunnyside, WA
Wyoming Sharolyn S. Griffith Swift Creek Learning Center, Afton, WY


Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school

Alabama Sabrina D. Dyck University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL
California Faith Reynado10 University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
Colorado Elisha N. Roberts Occidental College-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Florida Hannah D. Markwardt11 University of South Carolina-Columbia, Columbia, SC
Maine Molly B. Feeney University of Maine, Orono, ME
Missouri Sarah A. Hoff William Jewell College, Liberty, MO
New York Nicole Brooks-Donolli Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY
North Carolina Jennifer M. Biser University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Wisconsin Patrick G. Morgan Vassar College-Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, NY

1   Ms. Alderman's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

2   Mr. Sprague's fellowship is funded by an anonymous donor.

3   Ms. Bray-Parker's fellowship, the McCormick Freedom Museum-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Freedom Museum of Chicago, Illinois.

4   Ms. Reazer's fellowship, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation of Washington, D.C.

5   Mr. Lifland's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.

6   Ms. Cox's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

7    Ms. Huffman's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from current and alumni James Madison Fellows.

8   Ms. Dormiani's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

9   Ms. Kasparian's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

10   Ms. Reynado's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

11   Ms. Markwardt, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.