James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2017 James Madison Fellows
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA announced today that it has selected 53 James Madison Fellows for 2017 in its twenty-sixth 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 civics.
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 civics 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 www.jamesmadison.gov.
2017 James Madison Fellows
Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach
|Tri-Valley School, Healy, AK
|Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
|Branson School, Ross, CA
|Evan J. Blasingame1
|St. Helena High School, St. Helena, CA
|Jill L. Duplessis
|Soroco High School, Oak Creek, CO
|New Milford High School, New Milford, CT
|Kristofer I. Atkinson2
|Villages Charter Middle School, The Villages, FL
|All Angels Academy, Miami Springs, FL
|Rachel S. Thompson
|R. L. Osborne High School, Marietta, GA
|Alexander E. Adkins
|Sacred Hearts Academy, Honolulu, HI
|West Des Moines Valley High School, West Des Moines, IA
|Marshalltown High School, Marshalltown, IA
|Idaho Fine Arts Academy, Eagle, ID
|Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, IL
|Charlestown High School, Charlestown, IN
|The Independent School, Wichita, KS
|Kendrick W. Bryan
|LaRue County High School, Hodgenville, KY
|Paul Habans Charter School, New Orleans, LA
|Northwood High School, Silver Spring, MD
|Heronfield Academy, Hampton Falls, NH
|Charlevoix High School, Charlevoix, MI
|Mark R. Wiese
|Mankato West High School, Mankato, MN
|School of the Osage, Osage Beach, MO
|Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS
|Jeffery B. Lowe
|Heart Butte School, Heart Butte, MT
|Robert J. Schwartz
|Des Lacs-Burlington High School, Des Lacs, ND
|Ralston High School, Ralston, NE
|Wendy M. Bergeron
|Winnacunnet High School, Hampton, NH
|Pitman High School, Pitman, NJ
|Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, NJ
|Alexander P. Ritter
|Basic Academy of International Studies, Henderson, NV
|Seton High School, Cincinnati, OH
|Perrysburg High School, Perrysburg, OH
|Corey R. Ely
|Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass, OR
|Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Philadelphia, PA
|Portsmouth High School, Portsmouth, RI
|Jesse A. Brewer
|Dayspring Academy, Greenbrier, TN
|KIPP Spirit, Houston, TX
|Monticello High School, Monticello, UT
|Caitlin E. Kimak
|Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA
|Saint Johnsbury Academy, Saint Johnsbury, VT
|Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA
|Eastside Catholic School, Sammamish, WA
|Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI
|Harpers Ferry Middle School, Harpers Ferry, WV
|Karen A. Koritnik
|Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
|University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
|Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
|Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
|Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
|Layla H. Treuhaft-Ali
|Yale University, New Haven, CT
|Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD
1 Mr. Evan J. Blasingame’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
2 Mr. Kristofer I. Atkinson’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.
3 Mr. Brad Rahmiller’s fellowship, “The James Madison Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.
4 Ms. Kelli Tufo’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation—James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.
5 Ms. Fiona Madigan’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.
6 Mr. Kevin Casey’s fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.
7 Mr. David Dingler was awarded an At Large Fellowship by the 2017 Selection Committee.