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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2009 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 55 James Madison Fellows for the year 2009 in its eighteenth 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 toward a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.

The 55 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

2009 James Madison Fellows

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

Alabama Deborah L. Weidner-Stover Central High School Coosa County; Rockford, AL
Alaska Roxann L. Gagner Sitka High School; Sitka, AK
Arizona Daniel W. Jordan Glendale High School; Glendale, AZ
California Richard J. Guiremand Santa Maria High School; Santa Maria, CA
California James D. Maddox1 Highland High School; Bakersfield, CA
Colorado Kurt R. Knierim Rocky Mountain High School; Fort Collins, CO
Connecticut David A. Wilock Wilton High School; Wilton, CT
Florida Debra A. Pettingill2 Largo Senior High School; Largo, FL
Florida Jaime M. Soberon Amos P. Godby High School; Tallahassee, FL
Idaho Lewis R. Dean Jr. Middleton High School; Middleton, ID
Illinois Zachary Crandall Buffalo Grove High School; Buffalo Grove, IL
Illinois John J. Mahon3 Jordan Community School; Chicago, IL
Iowa Benjamin N. Knight Johnston High School; Johnston, IA
Kansas Laura A. Koenig Indian Woods Middle School; Overland Park, KS
Kentucky Shawn P. Moore Russell High School; Russell, KY
Louisiana Stefan L. Lallinger Langston Hughes Charter Academy; New Orleans, LA
Louisiana Christopher P. Totaro West Jefferson High School; Harvey, LA
Maine Kip O. Plaisted Penabscot Valley High School; Howland, ME
Maryland Brenda M. Diaz Lowell School; Washington, DC
Maryland Jossie L. Perry4 Rising Sun High School; North East, MD
Massachusetts Gracieta S. Small Lincoln High School; Lincoln, RI
Michigan Kelly J. Eddy5 Winston Churchill High School; Livonia, MI
Michigan Bob Wood Oakridge High School; Muskegon, MI
Minnesota Robb P. Virgin South Middle School; Eau Claire, WI
Missouri David W. Mayne Cameron R-I High School; Cameron, MO
Montana Joanne M. Anibaldi-Berry Moore High School; Moore, MT
Nebraska Timothy D. Royers Millard West High School; Omaha, NE
Nevada Shyle J. Irigoin Edward Pine Middle School; Reno, NV
New Hampshire Michael E. Hennessy Manchester High School Central; Manchester, NH
New Jersey Andrew D. Assini JP Case Middle School; Flemington, NJ
New Jersey Craig E. Uplinger6 Marlboro High School; Marlboro, NJ
New Mexico Tina M. Lucas7 Alamogordo High School; Alamogordo, NM
North Carolina Evan Clapsaddle Swain County High School; Bryson City, NC
Ohio Christopher J. Beavers Logan Elm High School; Circleville, OH
Ohio Amanda L. Waluzak8 Arts and College Prep Academy; Columbus, OH
Oklahoma Margaret M. DeWeese9 Thoreau Demonstration Academy; Tulsa, OK
Oregon Carissa J. Harris David Douglas High School; Portland, OR
Pennsylvania Brendon Jobs10 Philadelphia High School for Girls; Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Jeff Manassero Discovery Charter School; Philadelphia, PA
Tennessee Allan G. Aubrey Sullivan East High School; Bluff City, TN
Texas Kristie L. Barbee S.P. Waltrip Senior High School; Houston, TX
Texas Jennifer Hoefler Pearland High School; Pearland, TX
Texas Marci L. Ward11 Richland Senior High School; North Richland Hills, TX
Utah Todd H. Landeen Jordan High School; Sandy, UT
Vermont Stephen J. Johnson Rivendell Academy; Orford, NH
Virginia Mary O. Cosby Pocahontas Middle School; Richmond, VA
Washington Sharon K. Conditt Woodland High School; Woodland, WA
Wisconsin Charles P. Slusser Oregon High School; Oregon, WI
Wyoming Nicholas B. Moyte Worland High School; Worland, WY


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

Arkansas Alexander L. McKnight University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, AR
Indiana Brittany J. Moser Ball State University; West Muncie, IN
Mississippi Terry R. Johnston University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, MS
New York Robert S. Vincent University of Maryland, College Park; College Park, MD
South Carolina Paige Fennell University of South Carolina, Columbia; Columbia, SC
South Dakota Brittany Neiles University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD

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

2   Ms. Pettingill's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

3   Mr. Mahon's fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

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

6   Mr. Uplinger's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc., of Delray Beach, Florida.

7   Ms. Lucas's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.

8   Ms. Waluzak's fellowship, The Fred A. Lennon-James Madison Fellowship, is funded in part by the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust of Beechwood, Ohio.

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

10   Mr. Jobs' fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation of Providence, Rhode Island.

11   Ms. Ward's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.