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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2013 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA, announced today that it has selected 56 James Madison Fellows for 2013 in its twenty-second 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 56 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 agency of the executive branch of the federal government. Additional information may be found at

2013 James Madison Fellows

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

AK Ruth Sensenig Susan B. English Elementary/High School, Seldovia, AK
AR Morgan T. Hendricks Ahlf Junior High School, Searcy, AR
AS Faugagana N. Fagaava Faga'Itua High School, Faga Itua, AS
AZ Alexander M. Wood Greyhills Academy High School, Tuba City, AZ
AZ Melissa J. Ganas North Canyon High School, Phoenix, AZ
CA Christine R. Lester Lionel Wilson College Prep Academy, Oakland, CA
CA Lindsey Charron1 Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, CA
CO Kurt J. Siebenthal Rangeview High School, Aurora, CO
CT Christopher M. Todd Windsor High School, Windsor, CT
DC Eden McCauslin Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC
DE Melissa L. Blair Conrad Schools of Science, Wilmington, DE
FL Elizabeth K. Rasmussen Fort Meade Jr-Sr High School, Fort Meade, FL
FL Mark G. Durr2 Fernandina Beach High School, Fernandina Beach, FL
GA Amanda Fielder Willis A. Sutton Middle School, Atlanta, GA
IA Thomas R. Griffin Johnston High School, Johnston, IA
ID Melinda K. Harris Preston Junior High School, Preston, ID
IL Scott M. Plencner3 William H. Taft High School, Chicago, IL
IL Matthew J. Weldon Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park, IL
IN Mark G. Matthews Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
KS Lewis Whitson Hartford High School, Hartford, KS
MA Kathleen E. Scorza Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA
MD Brent N. Ault4 Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
ME Normand J. L'Heureux Boothbay Region High School, Boothbay Harbor, ME
MI Deeann W. Skov Fruitport High School, Fruitport, MI
MN Joseph W. Joyce Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School, Janesville, MN
MO Howard Warren Westminster Christian Academy, Saint Louis, MO
MS Reynolds J. Bodenhamer Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS
ND Kari A. Hall Williston High School, Williston, ND
NE Rebekah M. Sidzyik Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, Omaha, NE
NH Andrew J. Otocka Nashua Senior High School North, Nashua, NH
NJ James J. Fagen Manasquan High School, Manasquan, NJ
NJ Leah N. Jerome5 Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ
NM John M. Wallace Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM
NY Patrick D. Sprinkle Bronx Collegiate Academy, Bronx, NY
OH Justin Crews Troy Junior High, Troy, OH
OH Melanie Stuthard Revere Middle School, Bath, OH
OK Anthony Cherry George Washington Carver, Tulsa, OK
RI Phillip Magano Lincoln High School, Lincoln, RI
SC Melissa B. Hincher Beaufort Academy, Beaufort, SC
TN Craig Taylor Cumberland County High School, Crossville, TN
TX Amber L. McMunn Eisenhower High School, Houston, TX
TX Lana S. Burns Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress, TX
UT Shalyn D. Nelson Enterprise High School, Enterprise, UT
VA Roderick Zano Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA
WI Eric D. Nelson Regis High School, Eau Claire, WI
WI Paul R. Clark Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI
WV Cynthia A. McCallister Man High School, Man, WV
WY Michael Thomas Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY


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

AL Ruth Neilson Athens State University, AL
KY Emily K. Dixon Transylvania University, KY
MD Madison Kantzer Pennsylvania State University, PA
NC Lee H. Alexander University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
OH Victoria Pang6 Swarthmore College, PA
OR Amanda Zengel Portland State University, OR
PA Brian D. Schmidt Susquehanna University, PA
WA Richard Mueller Stanford University, WA

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

2 Mr. Durr’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

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

4 Mr. Ault’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, DC.

5 Ms. Jerome’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. Pang’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.