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James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2024 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in Alexandria, Virginia announced today that it has selected 53 James Madison Fellows for 2024 in its thirty-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 civics.

Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged as “the 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 additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants. Recipients are required to teach American history, American government, 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

2024 James Madison Fellows

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

AZKatherine ThraikillMountain View High School; Mesa, AZ
ARDarrah PreatorBryant Junior High School; Bryant, AR
CAJill HardyHuntington Beach Union High School District; Huntington Beach, CA
CACole Baratte1Mission Hills High School; San Marcos, CA
COJennifer BarnhartCherokee Trail High School; Aurora, CO
COJasmine Baker2Mrachek Middle School; Aurora, CO
CTMeredith RamseyWilton High School; Wilton, CT
DCBenjamin BernierHayfield Secondary School; Alexandria, VA
DERobert GaribaldiMcCullough Middle School; New Castle, DE
FLRobert MoorEast Lee County High School; Lehigh Acres, FL
FLRoss Adang3St. Petersburg Collegiate High School; Tarpon Springs, FL
GAGeorge Jean-NoelShiloh Middle School; Snellville, GA
HIKarelin JamesTrinity Christian School; Kailua, HI
IDShadrack GoreWest Jefferson High School; Terreton, ID
ILDan HoganWest Layden High School; Northlake, IL
ILCarlin Smock4Carmi-White County High School; Carmi, IL
INPatrick NewtonKIPP Indy Legacy High School; Indianapolis, IN
IATaylor AielloValley High School; West Des Moines, IA
IAGina KutilekXavier High School; Cedar Rapids, IA
KSJackson AllenManhattan High School; Manhattan, KS
KYCody RossSouthwestern High School; Somerset, KY
LAJohn GriffittGreenville Park School; Hammond, LA
MARobert Smith-MacDonaldMansfield High School; Mansfield, MA
MIAaron GrenierHowell High School;  Howell, MI
MNHarrison DaubitzBlack Hawk Middle School; Eagan, MN
MSMelanie EasonPurvis High School; Purvis, MS
MOConner KatsevLadue Horton Watkins High School; St. Louis, MO
MTNicolas CompostoBig Sky High School; Missoula,  MT
NEBenjamin Herbel Lincoln East High School; Lincoln, NE
NVJames SmerekLegacy High School; North Las Vegas, NV
NH Dawn CournoyerConant Middle High School; Jaffrey, NH
NJMichael Clark5Rahway High School; Rahway, NJ
NYJohn HeegRobert Frost Middle School; Deer Park, NY
NCJanice SuttonIndependence High School; Charlotte, NC
NDNicholas CorbitCheney Middle School; West Fargo, ND
OHBrianna BoehlkeAlliance City Schools; Alliance, OH
OKBill PeeperCushing High School; Cushing, OK
OKHeather Reilly6Jenks High School; Jenks, OK
OKBrian Steele7Chickasha High School; Chickasha, OK
ORJennifer SchmidtSeven Oak Middle School; Lebanon, OR
PAJennifer KochTwin Valley High School; Elverson, PA
PRAntonio Prieto ColónColegio San Antonio Abad; Humacao, PR
RIJacqueline MichelsLincoln High School; Lincoln, RI
SCTate HarawayPalmetto High School; Williamston, SC
SDTanner HilbrandsSioux Falls Jefferson High School; Sioux Falls, SD
TNEddie WalshGrizzlies Prep; Memphis, TN
TXMichelle DuesmanMcMath Middle School; Denton, TX
TXHenry Adeoye8Moorehead Junior High; Conroe, TX
UTKinsey EbornMountain Heights Academy; West Jordan, UT
VAMollie SafranLightridge High School; Aldie, VA
WABoston TackeCoeur d'Alene High School; Coeur d'Alene, ID
WIJessie ZyhowskiNorthland Pines School District; Eagle River, WI
WILucero Gonzalez9Carmen High School, South Campus; Milwaukee, WI

1 Cole Baratte’s fellowship, the Henry J. Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Henry J. Salvatori Foundation of Boston Massachusetts.

2 Jasmine Baker’s fellowship, the Admiral Paul A Yost, Jr.– James Madison Fellowship is funded by the James Madison Education Fund, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia.

3 Ross Adang’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation 
of Princeton, New Jersey.

4 Carlin Smock’s fellowship, the James Madison-Fellows’ Fellowship is funded in part by contributions from James Madison Fellows Alumni.

5 Michael Clark’s fellowship, the Fairleigh-Dickinson-James Madison Fellowship is funded by The Fairleigh S. 
Dickinson, Jr. Foundation of Del Ray Beach, Florida

6 Heather Reilly’s fellowship, the Karl and Georgia Martin Sr.-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Karl and Georgia Martin Sr. Foundation of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

7 Brian Steele’s fellowship, the Karl and Georgia Martin Sr.-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Karl and Georgia Martin Sr. Foundation of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

8 Henry Adeoye’s fellowship, The Sumners Foundation Frederick Douglass-James Madison Fellowship is funded by The Sumners Foundation of Irving, Texas.

9 Lucero Gonzalez’s fellowship, the Frederick Douglass-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the James Madison Education Fund, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia