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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2018 James Madison Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Virgina announced today that it has selected 52 James Madison Fellows for 2018 in its twenty-seventh 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 52 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

2018 James Madison Fellows

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

AK Stephen Rosser West Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK
AR Pamela Cummings1 Benton High School, Benton, AR
AZ Christopher Evans Basha High School, Chandler, AZ
CA Joel Davis2 Norman L. Sullivan, Bonsall, CA
CA Angela P. Ward Western Christian High School, Upland, CA
CO Samantha S. Westerdale Rangeview High School, Aurora, CO
CT Michael Joshi New Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT
FL Lauren Goepfert3 Bak Middle School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, CA
FL Jessica Shattuck Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High, Tampa, FL
GA Heather Riganti Kendrick High School, Columbus, GA
HI Eric S. Fugitt Trinity Christian School, Kailua, HI
IA Ryan Alfred Holy Trinity Catholic Schools, Fort Madison, IA
ID Ellen Loman Castleford High School, Castleford, ID
IL Daniel F. Delaney4 Saint Viator High School, Arlington Heights, IL
IN Dawn M. Crone Brownsburg High School, Brownsburg, IN
KS William R. Conner Wamego High School, Wamego, KS
KY Claire Bellar Warren East High School, Bowling Green, KY
LA Shelby R. Thompson Bishop Kenny High School, Jacksonville, FL
MA Alexandra Alessi TEC Connections Academy, East Walpole, MA
MD Joshua I. Halpren5 Eastern Middle School, Silver Spring, MD
ME Ethan W. Rettew Ironwood School, Morrill, ME
MI Brian J. Milliron South Haven High School, South Haven, MI
MN Lauren L. Lipinski Black Hawk Middle School, Eagan, MN
MO Jeff R. Carter Central High School, Saint Joseph, MO
MS Hayley Whitehead Biloxi High School, Biloxi, MS
NC Samuel M. Vining Polk County High School, Columbus, NC
ND Brandon E. Zahn Beulah High School, Beulah, ND
NE Kimbrie D. Vlach Central Valley Public Schools, Greeley, NE
NJ Halli Gerin Spotswood High School, Spotswood, NJ
NJ Meghan McCormick6 Haddonfield Memorial High School, Haddonfield, NJ
NM Jordan M. Allcorn Moriarty High School, Moriarty, NM
NY Louis R. McNeil Massapequa High School, Massapequa, NY
OH Molly K. Schneider Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School, Chardon, OH
OK Margaret Shadid Edmond Sana Fe High School, Edmond, OK
OR Clint Rodreick Phoenix High School, Phoenix, OR
PA Amy L. Palo Cornell High School, Caraopolis, PA
RI Maeve Kennedy George Washington High School, San Francisco, CA
SC Bobby C. Harley Upstate Evaluation Center, Union, SC
SD Stephanie L. Kaufman Sturgis Brown High School, Sturgis, SD
TN Michele Giacobbi Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, TN
TX Cherry Whipple Austin High School, Austin, TX
UT Christiana R. Forbush Midvale Middle School, Midvale, UT
VA Benjamin T. Fabian Douglas S. Freeman High School, Henrico, VA
WA Stephanie D. Nelson Mount Rainier High School, Des Moines, WA
WI Benjamin J. Hubing Greendale High School, Greendale, WI
WY Erin R. Freeman Green River High School, Green River, WY


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

AR Morgan Garland Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
IL Karin Scott Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
LA Logan Istre7 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
MD Julianna Klein Clemson University, Clemson, SC
NH Silas W. Richards University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
NV Madeline Alvendia University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

1 Pamela Cummings’fellowship, the Riggs Benevolent Fund—James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Riggs Benevolent Fund of Little Rock, Arkansas.

2 Joel Davis’ fellowship, the Henry Salvatori—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

3 Lauren Goepfert’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

4 Daniel F. Delaney’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation—James Madison Fellowship is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

5 Joshua I. Halpren’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 Meghan McCormick’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 Logan Istre’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from James Madison Fellows.