May 23, 2008, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 58 James Madison Fellows for the year 2008 in its seventeenth 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 58 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
|Alaska||Timothy C. Christopherson||East Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK|
|Arizona||Tiffany D. Frane||Basha High School, Chandler, AZ|
|Arkansas||Amber D. Hodges||Russellville High School, Russellville, AR|
|California||Catherine M. Alderman1||Anderson New Technology High School, Anderson, CA|
|California||Susan M. Piekarski||Irvington High School, Fremont, CA|
|California||Jeffrey M. Sprague2||Holy Names High School, Oakland, CA|
|Connecticut||Sarah A. Lawrence||Hall High School, West Hartford, CT|
|Delaware||William J. McGowan, III||Salesianum School, Wilmington, DE|
|Florida||Mary Z. Angelo||Falcon Cove Middle School, Weston, FL|
|Georgia||Zebulun D. Thomas||Mount Paran Christian School, Kennesaw, GA|
|Idaho||Theresa H. Silvester||Buhl Middle School, Buhl, ID|
|Illinois||Erica Bray-Parker3||Glenbard North High School, Carol Stream, IL|
|Illinois||Robert S. Taylor||John F. Kennedy Catholic High School, Manchester, MO|
|Indiana||Michael G. Gordon||Munster High School, Munster, IN|
|Iowa||Melanie A. Clark||West Liberty High School, West Liberty, IA|
|Kansas||Michael L. Wilmoth||Wellington Senior High School, Wellington, KS|
|Kentucky||Vanessa R. Lierley||East Oldham Middle School, Crestwood, KY|
|Louisiana||Emmitt Glynn, III||Episcopal High School, Baton Rouge, LA|
|Maryland||Shawn F. Dougherty||Bishop McNamara High School, Forestville, MD|
|Maryland||Brandy A. Reazer4||McKenney Hills Center Alternative Programs, Silver Spring, MD|
|Massachusetts||Matthew F. Oosting||North Reading High School, North Reading, MA|
|Michigan||Brevet L. Bartels||West Ottawa High School-North Campus, Holland, MI|
|Minnesota||Shane A. Baker||Century High School, Rochester, MN|
|Mississippi||David J. Pinnow||Lewisburg Middle/High School, Olive Branch, MS|
|Nebraska||Cory J. Vasek||Mary Our Queen School, Omaha, NE|
|Nevada||Sarah L. Bothun||Spanish Springs High School, Sparks, NV|
|New Hampshire||Ryan N. Richman||Timberlane Regional High School, Plaistow, NH|
|New Jersey||Brian F. Boyce||Manalapan High School, Englishtown, NJ|
|New Jersey||Marc A. Lifland5||South Brunswick High School, Monmouth Junction, NJ|
|New Mexico||Karen D. Cox6||Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, Albuquerque, NM|
|New Mexico||Curtis P. Crane||Mountain View Middle School, Alamogordo, NM|
|North Dakota||Elliot G. Rotvold||Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro, ND|
|Ohio||Kimberly J. Huffman7||Wayne County Joint Vocational School District, Smithville, OH|
|Ohio||Eric W. Dameron||Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, OH|
|Oklahoma||Angela A. Dormiani8||Oklahoma City Public School District, Oklahoma City, OK|
|Oklahoma||Stephanie D. Lowry||Durant Senior High School, Durant, OK|
|Oregon||Marc J. Brewer||Clatskanie High School, Clatskanie, OR|
|Pennsylvania||Maria R. Savini||Upper Merion Area High School, King of Prussia, PA|
|Rhode Island||Maureen E. McGuirl||Jamestown Public Middle School, Jamestown, RI|
|South Carolina||Ray F. Hawkins||Woodland High School, Dorchester, SC|
|South Dakota||Suzanne E. Moum-Nelson||Stevens High School, Rapid City, SD|
|Tennessee||James H. Thames Jr.||Central High School, Memphis, TN|
|Texas||Cari L. Gray||New Braunfels Senior High School, New Braunfels, TX|
|Texas||Sarah A. Kasparian9||Lakeview Centennial High School, Garland, TX|
|Utah||Robert J. Stoddard||Mountain View High School, Orem, UT|
|Vermont||Jennifer M. Kelly||Gunston Middle School, Arlington, VA|
|Virginia||Kenneth A. Mason||Central High School, Woodstock, VA|
|Washington||Monty R. Johnson||Sunnyside Senior High School, Sunnyside, WA|
|Wyoming||Sharolyn S. Griffith||Swift Creek Learning Center, Afton, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|Alabama||Sabrina D. Dyck||University of Montevallo, Montevallo, AL|
|California||Faith Reynado10||University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA|
|Colorado||Elisha N. Roberts||Occidental College-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA|
|Florida||Hannah D. Markwardt11||University of South Carolina-Columbia, Columbia, SC|
|Maine||Molly B. Feeney||University of Maine, Orono, ME|
|Missouri||Sarah A. Hoff||William Jewell College, Liberty, MO|
|New York||Nicole Brooks-Donolli||Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY|
|North Carolina||Jennifer M. Biser||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC|
|Wisconsin||Patrick G. Morgan||Vassar College-Poughkeepsie, Poughkeepsie, NY|
1 Ms. Alderman's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
2 Mr. Sprague's fellowship is funded by an anonymous donor.
3 Ms. Bray-Parker's fellowship, the McCormick Freedom Museum-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Freedom Museum of Chicago, Illinois.
4 Ms. Reazer'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.
5 Mr. Lifland's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.
6 Ms. Cox's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
7 Ms. Huffman's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from current and alumni James Madison Fellows.
8 Ms. Dormiani's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
9 Ms. Kasparian's fellowship, the Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
10 Ms. Reynado's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
11 Ms. Markwardt, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.