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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2014 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA, announced today that it has selected 51 James Madison Fellows for 2014 in its twenty-third 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,” 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 51 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

2014 James Madison Fellows

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

AK Deborah S. Lorence Glennallen High School, Glennallen, AK
AR Zachary William Deibel1 Marked Tree High School, Marked Tree, AR
AZ Karin Nelson Cummings Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix, AZ
CA Jeffrey Stephen Wagner2 Mira Monte High School, Bakersfield, CA
CA Samuel Weaver Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
CO Jill A. Martinez Del Norte High School, Del Norte, CO
CT Michael Max Staffaroni New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT
FL Richard Peter Judd Nova High School, Davie, FL
FL Amy Elizabeth Parker3 Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, FL
HI Jason John Duncan Mililani High School, Mililani, HI
ID Cheryllyn Jean Adams Caldwell Senior High School, Caldwell, ID
IN Kyle Wilson Covenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, IN
IA Kelly Jo Steffen Washington High School, Vinton, IA
KS Dustin Lee Rimmey Topeka High School, Topeka, KS
LA Robin E. Deck Catholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA
MD Joshua T. Dowling4 Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD
MA Peter Joseph Gillen Taunton High School, Taunton, MA
MI Kelly Katherine Dutcher Harbor Springs High School, Harbor Springs, MI
MN Winifred Anderson Sauk Rapids High School, Sauk Rapids, MN
MO Joseph Henry Hunter Elsberry High School, Elsberry, MO
MT Jennifer Zirbel Lone Peak High School, Big Sky, MT
NE Thomas Haindfield Creighton Preparatory School, Omaha, NE
NV Karlye J. Mull Veterans Tribute Career Academy, Las Vegas, NV
NJ Evan Bennett McLaughlin Mountain View School, Mendham, NJ
NJ Connor Quinlan5 Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ
NM Amy C. Page Moriarty High School, Moriarty, NM
NC Vivian Tutterow Davie High School, Mocksbille, NC/td>
ND Drew D. Hysjulien Minot High School Magic City Campus, Minot, ND
MP Eric Alan Cooke Saipan International School, Saipan, MP
OH Dustin Hornbeck Piqua High School, Piqua, OH
OK Shreeta Venee Ashley Thomas A Edison Middle School, Tulsa, OK
OR Thomas Daniel Manning Valley Catholic High School, Beaverton, OR
PA Colbe K. Klein Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE
RI Stephanie DaSilva Cumberland High School, Cumberland, RI
SC Charles Ray Tyler York Preparatory Academy, Rock Hill, SC
TN Troy Robert Petrie Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, Kingsport, TN
TX Jason Hahn Burleson Centennial High School, Burleson, TX
UT Kyle John Jensen Copper Hills High School, West Jordan, UT
VA Ross Joseph Bosse Luther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA
WI Shanna Marie Hechimovich Arrowhead High School, Hartland, WI
WY Traci Ann Schladweiler Wright Jr-Sr High School, Wright, WY


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

AL Erica Marie Vatella Auburn University, AL
AR Annie Williams Lindenwood University, MO
GA Matthew Telford Tyler University of Georgia, GA
IL Alyssa Kaitlin Niese6 American University, DC
IL Stephanie Ullman New York University, NY
KY Benjamin Michael Gies Bellarmine University, KY
MD Michael Robert Bealefeld University of Baltimore, MD
NY Gary Patrick Giordano Wagner College, NY
VT Ian Conor Sullivan Lyndon State College, VT
WA Carly Ann Peterson University of Washington, WA

1 Mr. Zachary Deibel’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.

2 Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Wagner’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

3 Ms. Amy E. Parker’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

4 Mr. Joshua T. Dowling’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 Mr. Connor Quinlan’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. Alyssa K. Niese’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.