May 15, 2007, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 57 James Madison Fellows for the year 2007 in its sixteenth 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 57 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.gov.
Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach
|Arizona||Nichole D. Evans||Mesquite Junior High School; Gilbert, AZ|
|Arkansas||Elizabeth H. Foshee||Jacksonville High School - PCSSD; Jacksonville, AR|
|California||Donald F. De Angelo1||Cathedral Catholic High School; San Diego, CA|
|California||Heidi Stepp2||Amador Valley High School; Pleasanton, CA|
|Colorado||Brian L. Bohnert||Ralston Valley High School; Arvada, CO|
|Delaware||Christopher P. Jones||Middletown High School; Middletown, DE|
|District of Columbia||Amy Trenkle||Stuart-Hobson Middle School; Washington, DC|
|Florida||Joseph L. Cofield||Bonita Springs Middle School; Bonita Springs, FL|
|Georgia||Emily Juckett||Walton High School; Marietta, GA|
|Hawaii||David E. Hughes||Maui High School; Kahului, HI|
|Idaho||Holly Kartchner||Blackfoot High School; Blackfoot, ID|
|Illinois||John M. Tobias||Athens High School CUSD 213; Athens, IL|
|Illinois||Pat Usher3||Carl Sandburg High School; Orland Park, IL|
|Indiana||Elizabeth A. Bailey||Hamilton Southeastern High School; Fishers, IN|
|Iowa||Jeremy R. Yenger||Johnston High School; Johnston, IA|
|Kentucky||Suzanne L. Moss||Floyd Central High School; Floyds Knobs, IN|
|Louisiana||Robyn Verbois||Christian Life Academy; Baton Rouge, LA|
|Maryland||Christopher J. Forney||John T. Baker Middle School; Damascus, MD|
|Maryland||Sarah H. Poole4||Arundel High School; Gambrills, MD|
|Massachusetts||Rebecca L. Johnson||Malden High School; Malden, MA|
|Michigan||Matt Schmidt||Bay City Central High School; Bay City, MI|
|Minnesota||Denise North||Wrenshall High School; Wrenshall, MN|
|Mississippi||Robert M. Walters||Lanier High School; Jackson, MS|
|Missouri||John Deken||Hickman High School; Columbia, MO|
|Montana||Christina Cote||Gardiner Public School; Gardiner, MT|
|Nebraska||Jennifer S. Kennedy-Smith||Douglas County West Community Schools; Valley, NE|
|Nevada||Jeffrey Hinton||Sierra Vista High School; Las Vegas, NV|
|New Jersey||David Reader5||Camden Catholic High School; Cherry Hill, NJ|
|New Mexico||Rachael Button-Koenigsfeld6||James Monroe Middle School; Albuquerque, NM|
|New Mexico||Joel D. Fouser||Del Norte High School; Albuquerque, NM|
|New York||Matthew E. Turner||Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School; Burnt Hills, NY|
|Ohio||Robert N. Curtis||Westlake High School; Westlake, OH|
|Oklahoma||Jennifer M. Reiter7||Carver Middle School; Tulsa, OK|
|Oregon||Erin M. Nooy||McMinnville High School; McMinnville, OR|
|Pennsylvania||Matthew G. Roy||Sun Valley High School; Aston, PA|
|Rhode Island||Valerie M. Frezza||North Smithfield Jr-Sr High School; North Smithfield, RI|
|South Carolina||Anne Kelsey||Hilton Head Middle School; Hilton Head Island, SC|
|Tennessee||Deborah K. Puckett||Madison Academic Magnet High School; Jackson, TN|
|Texas||Rebecca L. Lacquey8||Katy High School; Katy, TX|
|Texas||Sandra J. Reed||Faith West Academy; Katy, TX|
|Utah||Jenicee Jacobson||Riverton High School; Riverton, UT|
|Vermont||Catherine M. Reen||Milton Elementary School; Milton, VT|
|Virginia||Jennifer A. Bain||Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Alexandria, VA|
|Washington||Leah D. MacKenzie||Three Rivers Christian School; Kelso, WA|
|Wisconsin||Jennifer L. Melville||Kaukauna High School; Kaukauna, WI|
|Wisconsin||Blanca S. Ramirez9||Warren Township High School; Gurnee, IL|
|Wyoming||Meaghan C. Gibson||Laramie Senior High School; Laramie, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|Alabama||Randall Reed||Troy University; Troy, AL|
|California||Theodora E. Chang||Stanford University; Stanford, CA|
|Connecticut||Salman B. Hamid||Albertus Magnus College; New Haven, CT|
|Florida||Kelly L. Smith10||The Florida State University; Tallahassee, FL|
|Kansas||Janeal D. Schmidt||Kansas State University; Manhattan, KS|
|New Hampshire||Colby R. Young||University of New Hampshire; Durham, NH|
|New Jersey||Maya Afek||Rutgers University-New Brunswick; New Brunswick, NJ|
|North Carolina||Emily F. Bagley||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill, NC|
|South Dakota||Heather L. Hubbel||University of Sioux Falls; Sioux Falls, SD|
|West Virginia||William C. Schaffer Jr.||University of Charleston; Charleston, WV|
1Mr. DeAngelo's fellowship is funded by an anonymous donor.
2Ms. Stepp's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
3Mr. Usher's fellowship, the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum of Chicago, Illinois.
4Ms. Poole'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, D.C.
5Mr. Reader's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.
6Ms. Button-Koenigsfeld's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
7Ms. Reiter's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
8Ms. Lacquey's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
9Ms. Ramirez's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions of current and alumni James Madison Fellows.
10Ms. Smith's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.