May 15, 2006, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 50 James Madison Fellows for the year 2006 in its fifteenth 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 50 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 www.jamesmadison.com.
Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach
|Alabama||Kacey J. Vardaman||Brewbaker Technology Magnet HS; Montgomery, AL|
|Alaska||Mark E. Oppe||Ben Eielson High School; Eielson AFB, AK|
|California||Kevin H. Fox1||Arcadia High School; Arcadia, CA|
|California||Mark F. Oberjuerge2||Dav Starr Jordan High School; Long Beach, CA|
|Colorado||Michael C. Corey||South High School; Denver, CO|
|District of Columbia||William H. Stevens||SEED Public Charter School; Washington, DC|
|Indiana||Matthew J. Lo||Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School; Indianapolis, IN|
|Iowa||Brian D. Cleveland||Newton High School; Newton, IA|
|Kansas||Robert J. Nichols||Goddard Senior High School; Goddard, KS|
|Maryland||Joseph C. Rosalski||Norbel School; Elkridge, MD|
|Maryland||Joseph N. Sangillo3||Gaithersburg High School; Gaithersburg, MD|
|Massachusetts||Andrea L. Grimes||Leominster High School; Leominster, MA|
|Michigan||Toby D. Kirk||Coldwater Senior High School; Coldwater, MI|
|Minnesota||Brandon L. Moore||Dawson-Boyd High School; Dawson, MN|
|Missouri||Angelia S. Moore||Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School; Maplewood, MO|
|Montana||Walker H. Asserson||Bozeman High School; Bozeman, MT|
|Nebraska||Matthew A. Beiriger||Millard South High School; Omaha, NE|
|New Hampshire||Jordan E. Burke||Haverhill Cooperative Middle School; North Haverhill, NH|
|New Jersey||Joseph L. Foster||Briarcliff School; Mountain Lakes, NJ|
|New Jersey||Gary Klotzkin4||William C. McGinnis Middle School; Perth Amboy, NJ|
|New Mexico||Katherine M. Turner||Albuquerque Public Schools; Albuquerque, NM|
|North Carolina||Elizabeth G. Knight||Junius H. Rose High School; Greenville, NC|
|Ohio||Deborah A. Kurtz5||Temple Christian School; Mansfield, OH|
|Ohio||Amy L. Peters||Revere High School; Richfield, OH|
|Pennsylvania||Donna L. Sharer||School District of Philadelphia, CAO; Philadelphia, PA|
|Rhode Island||Kimberly A. Lowe||North Smithfield Jr-Sr High School; North Smithfield, RI|
|South Dakota||Erik R. Iverson||Rapid City Academies; Rapid City, SD|
|Tennessee||Mary E. Browning-Huntington||Hunters Lane High School; Nashville, TN|
|Texas||Shannon M. Jones||Kealing Middle School; Austin, TX|
|Texas||Allison K. Mittler||Byron P. Steele II High School; Cibolo, TX|
|Utah||Julie Major||Mountain Crest High School; Hyrum, UT|
|Virginia||Elizabeth D. Angney||Bullis School; Potomac, MD|
|Washington||Donald C. Oliver||Reardan High School; Reardan, WA|
|Wisconsin||Kevin S. Braatz||Theisen Middle School; Fond du Lac, WI|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|Arizona||Jennifer A. Spensieri||University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ|
|California||Tina M. Kim||Pomona College; Claremont, CA|
|Delaware||Carlo R. Testa||Gettysburg College; Gettysburg, PA|
|Florida||Jason M. Balma6||University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL|
|Florida||Richard W. Gallagher||SUNY Plattsburgh; Plattsburgh, NY|
|Georgia||William B. Busbin||Auburn University; Auburn, AL|
|Illinois||Sarah E. Jones||Truman State University; Kirksville, MO|
|Kentucky||Colleen E. Call||College of Wooster; Wooster, OH|
|Louisiana||Victoria A. McCardell||Loyola University New Orleans; New Orleans, LA|
|Mississippi||Russell G. Cannon||Princeton University; Princeton, NJ|
|Nevada||Traci R. Peyghambarian||University of Nevada-Las Vegas; Las Vegas, NV|
|New York||Marissa M. Owens||University of Rhode Island; Kingston, RI|
|Oregon||Ricardo Larios||Oregon State University; Corvallis, OR|
|South Carolina||Amanda B. Pettit||University of South Carolina-Columbia; Columbia, SC|
|Vermont||Tyler E. Alexander||University of Maine; Orono, ME|
|Wyoming||Amy B. Burnett||University of Wyoming; Laramie, WY|
1 Mr. Fox's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation of Los Angeles, California.
2 Mr. Oberjuerge's fellowship is funded by an anonymous donor.
3 Mr. Sangillo's fellowship is funded by the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation of Washington, D.C.
4 Mr. Klotzkin's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.
5 Ms. Kurtz's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from current and alumni James Madison Fellows.
6 Mr. Balma's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.