May 9, 2005, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2005 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 47 James Madison Fellows for the year 2005 in its fourteenth 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 47 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 establishment of the executive branch of the federal government. Additional information may be found at

2005 James Madison Fellows

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

AlabamaBradley K. Lewis1Ardmore High School; Ardmore, AL
AlaskaCharles B. AbolafiaBethel Regional High School; Bethel, AK
ArizonaMegan M. KirtsSabino High School; Tucson, AZ
ColoradoDebra M. Scott-JensenClear Creek High School; Evergreen, CO
ConnecticutDouglas L. CraigWindham High School; Willimantic, CT
DelawareMichael J. FeldmanSmyrna High School; Smyrna, DE
D.C.Matthew E. SchillingWinston Churchill High School; Potomac, MD
FloridaMelani R. WinterKeswick Christian School; St. Petersburg, FL
IllinoisCatherine E. Peters-BishirNeuqua Valley High School; Naperville, IL
IndianaJoshua R. ThompsonLoogootee Jr.-Sr. High School; Loogootee, IN
IowaJacqueline A. NorrisAmes High School; Ames, IA
KansasKara E. BelewCampus High School; Wichita, KS
LouisianaLisa M. OwensHomer High School; Homer, LA
MarylandGregory C. Dutton2Wilde Lake Middle School; Columbia, MD
MississippiThomas A. ChapmanSimmons High School; Hollandale, MS
MissouriLisa M. SmithSaeger Middle School; Saint Charles, MO
NebraskaWilliam B. HumphreysBrownell-Talbot School; Omaha, NE
NevadaJoseph E. EngeCarson High School; Carson City, NV
New MexicoBruce R. SmithRio Rancho High School; Rio Rancho, NM
North DakotaDaniel V. WakefieldDevils Lake High School; Devils Lake, ND
OklahomaRonald W. ParkerStar Spencer High School; Spencer, OK
PennsylvaniaCarl F. AckermanW. B. Saul H. S. Agric. Science; Philadelphia, PA
Rhode IslandNatalie L. O'BrienNorth Smithfield Jr.-Sr. High School; North Smithfield, RI
South CarolinaIdell R. KourySouthside Christian School; Simpsonville, SC
TennesseeJennifer L. GillPope John Paul II High School; Hendersonville, TN
TexasMarcie R. WarnerAmon Carter-Riverside High School; Ft. Worth, TX
UtahLynette LakeBrighton High School; Salt Lake City, UT
WashingtonLindsey M. HatchTahoma High School; Covington, WA
WisconsinAlison A. TurnerSauk Prairie High School; Prairie Du Sac, WI
WyomingTyson J. EmborgSheridan High School; Sheridan, WY


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

AlabamaKaren L. BooneAthens State University; Athens, AL
CaliforniaMelissa S. Binder3California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks, CA
CaliforniaElisa PerezGeorgetown University; Washington, DC
FloridaStacey L. Repass4University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL
GeorgiaDaniel E. WaldroupUniversity of Georgia; Athens, GA
KentuckyPatrick A. SmithUniversity of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
MassachusettsAnnie R. PeggUniversity of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; N. Dartmouth, MA
MichiganKristin E. JamesLake Superior State University; Sault Sainte Marie, MI
MinnesotaCara H. SandbergBrown University; Providence, RI
New JerseyRonald G. Schildge5Middlebury College; Middlebury, VT
New YorkEmily J. LemanczykHamilton College; Clinton, NY
North CarolinaJessica L. StoneUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC
OhioTravis R. GlendenningOhio University; Athens, OH
South DakotaMatthew R. MooreNorth Dakota State University; Fargo, ND
TexasAnisa L. CoatesUniversity of North Texas; Denton, TX
VirginiaAllison R. PaskettSouthern Virginia University; Buena Vista, VA
West VirginiaArysta N. McGillMarshall University; Huntington, WV

1 Mr. Lewis's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded by contributions from current and alumni James Madison Fellows.

2 Mr. Dutton's fellowship is funded by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation of Washington, D.C.

3 Ms. Binder's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation of Los Angeles, California.

4 Ms. Repass's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

5 Mr. Schildge's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.