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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2016 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA announced today that it has selected 53 James Madison Fellows for 2016 in its twenty-fifth 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 53 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

2016 James Madison Fellows

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

AK Leandra E. Wilden West Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK
AR Olivia W. Lewis Sheridan Junior High School, Sheridan, AR
CA Derrick M. Saenz-Payne1 Ceres High School, Ceres, CA
CA Hannah Thomas Rancho Christian High School, Temecula, CA
CO Elizabeth Milligan High Tech Early College, Denver, CO
CT Teresa M. Lewis Naugatuck High School, Naugatuck, CT
FL Gregory Balan2 Varsity Lakes Middle School, Lehigh Acres, FL
FL Anne-Elizabeth R. Huff-Hester Riverdale High School, Fort Myers, FL
IA Alexander M. Abbe Marshalltown Senior High School, Marshalltown, IA
IA Adam J. Arthur3 Abraham Lincoln High School, Des Moines, IA
ID Russell P. McCrea Meridian High School, Meridian, ID
IL Dana L. Pavisich4 KIPP Ascend Middle School, Chicago, IL
KS Erica W. Benson Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, KS
KY Howard L. Muncy Jackson County High School, McKee, KY
LA Jennifer G. Traweek Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, LA
MA Bryan Sheckman Lowell High School, Lowell, MA
MD Jerome S. Bailey, II5 Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Baltimore, MD
MD Peter P. Ramsey Francis L. Cardozo High School, Washington, DC
MD Alison B. Russell6 Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD
ME Julie McCabe Westbrook High School, Westbrook, ME
MI Walter R. Hanson Engadine High School, Engadine, MI
MN Howard W. Van Otterloo, Jr. Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School, Janesville, MN
MO Zaven D. Nalbandian Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO
MS Gerald M. Nason, III Center Hill High School, Olive Branch, MS
MT M'Kenzie K. Frickel Joliet High School, Joliet, MT
NC Kelli A. Peters Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC
ND Bethany A. Horning Century High School, Bismarck, ND
NE Nicholas R. Kintzle Millard South High School, Omaha, NE
NH Michael R. Dupont Wilton-Lyndboro Cooprtv J/S HS, Wilton, NH
NJ Andrew M. Van Der Hoof7 Rutherford High School, Rutherford, NJ
NM Sara LeGate Cibola High School, Albuquerque, NM
NV Kevin R. Barney Veterans Tribute Career Academy, Las Vegas, NV
NY Erica K. Martin Chittenango Middle School, Chittenango, NY
OH James S. Lautzenheiser Crestview High School, Convoy, OH
OK Nathaniel M. Thompson Mingo Valley Christian School, Tulsa, OK
OR Kjerstin M. Spark-Stahl Lost River Junior Senior High School, Merrill, OR
PA Maureen S. Rieger Pottstown Senior High School, Pottstown, PA
SC Charly M. Adkinson Givhans Alternative Program, Ridgeville, SC
SD George J. Hawkins New Technology High School, Sioux Falls, SD
TN John F. Apple Upperman High School, Baxter, TN
TX Lisa D. Smith Cross Timbers Middle School, Grapevine, TX
UT Brittany J. Sylvester Scott M. Matheson Jr. High School, Magna, UT
VA Jennifer A. Hitchcock Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA
VA Roxanne H. Thompson8 Pulaski County High School, Dublin, VA
WA Katie Klaus Woodland High School, Woodland, WA
WI Jessica L. Walworth Watertown High School, Watertown, WI
WY Jason D. Williams Saratoga High School, Saratoga, WY


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

AL Amanda C. Read Troy University, Troy, AL
GA Anne K. Roge Auburn University, Auburn, GA
IL Brandon T. Ceplecha Lewis University, Romeoville, IL
IN Alexander K. Uryga Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
NJ Emily A. Lake Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
WV Mary R. Dunn Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

1 Mr. Derrick M. Saenz-Payne’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

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

3 Mr. Adam J. Arthur’s fellowship, "The Fellows’ Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.

4Ms. Dana L. Pavisich’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

5Mr. Jerome S. Bailey, II’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.

6Alison B. Russell’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.

7Mr. Andrew M. Van Der Hoof’s fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.

8Ms. Roxanne H. Thompson’s fellowship, the Harrison Foundation – James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Harrison Foundation of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.