May 15, 2006, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2006 Fellows

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

2006 James Madison Fellows

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

AlabamaKacey J. VardamanBrewbaker Technology Magnet HS; Montgomery, AL
AlaskaMark E. OppeBen Eielson High School; Eielson AFB, AK
CaliforniaKevin H. Fox1Arcadia High School; Arcadia, CA
CaliforniaMark F. Oberjuerge2Dav Starr Jordan High School; Long Beach, CA
ColoradoMichael C. CoreySouth High School; Denver, CO
District of ColumbiaWilliam H. StevensSEED Public Charter School; Washington, DC
IndianaMatthew J. LoBrebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School; Indianapolis, IN
IowaBrian D. ClevelandNewton High School; Newton, IA
KansasRobert J. NicholsGoddard Senior High School; Goddard, KS
MarylandJoseph C. RosalskiNorbel School; Elkridge, MD
MarylandJoseph N. Sangillo3Gaithersburg High School; Gaithersburg, MD
MassachusettsAndrea L. GrimesLeominster High School; Leominster, MA
MichiganToby D. KirkColdwater Senior High School; Coldwater, MI
MinnesotaBrandon L. MooreDawson-Boyd High School; Dawson, MN
MissouriAngelia S. MooreMaplewood Richmond Heights Middle School; Maplewood, MO
MontanaWalker H. AssersonBozeman High School; Bozeman, MT
NebraskaMatthew A. BeirigerMillard South High School; Omaha, NE
New HampshireJordan E. BurkeHaverhill Cooperative Middle School; North Haverhill, NH
New JerseyJoseph L. FosterBriarcliff School; Mountain Lakes, NJ
New JerseyGary Klotzkin4William C. McGinnis Middle School; Perth Amboy, NJ
New MexicoKatherine M. TurnerAlbuquerque Public Schools; Albuquerque, NM
North CarolinaElizabeth G. KnightJunius H. Rose High School; Greenville, NC
OhioDeborah A. Kurtz5Temple Christian School; Mansfield, OH
OhioAmy L. PetersRevere High School; Richfield, OH
PennsylvaniaDonna L. SharerSchool District of Philadelphia, CAO; Philadelphia, PA
Rhode IslandKimberly A. LoweNorth Smithfield Jr-Sr High School; North Smithfield, RI
South DakotaErik R. IversonRapid City Academies; Rapid City, SD
TennesseeMary E. Browning-HuntingtonHunters Lane High School; Nashville, TN
TexasShannon M. JonesKealing Middle School; Austin, TX
TexasAllison K. MittlerByron P. Steele II High School; Cibolo, TX
UtahJulie MajorMountain Crest High School; Hyrum, UT
VirginiaElizabeth D. AngneyBullis School; Potomac, MD
WashingtonDonald C. OliverReardan High School; Reardan, WA
WisconsinKevin S. BraatzTheisen Middle School; Fond du Lac, WI


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

ArizonaJennifer A. SpensieriUniversity of Arizona; Tucson, AZ
CaliforniaTina M. KimPomona College; Claremont, CA
DelawareCarlo R. TestaGettysburg College; Gettysburg, PA
FloridaJason M. Balma6University of Central Florida; Orlando, FL
FloridaRichard W. GallagherSUNY Plattsburgh; Plattsburgh, NY
GeorgiaWilliam B. BusbinAuburn University; Auburn, AL
IllinoisSarah E. JonesTruman State University; Kirksville, MO
KentuckyColleen E. CallCollege of Wooster; Wooster, OH
LouisianaVictoria A. McCardellLoyola University New Orleans; New Orleans, LA
MississippiRussell G. CannonPrinceton University; Princeton, NJ
NevadaTraci R. PeyghambarianUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas; Las Vegas, NV
New YorkMarissa M. OwensUniversity of Rhode Island; Kingston, RI
OregonRicardo LariosOregon State University; Corvallis, OR
South CarolinaAmanda B. PettitUniversity of South Carolina-Columbia; Columbia, SC
VermontTyler E. AlexanderUniversity of Maine; Orono, ME
WyomingAmy B. BurnettUniversity 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.