May 3, 2009, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., announced today that it has selected 55 James Madison Fellows for the year 2009 in its eighteenth 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 toward a master's degree. That program must include a concentration of courses on the history and principles of the United States Constitution.
The 55 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
|Alabama||Deborah L. Weidner-Stover||Central High School Coosa County; Rockford, AL|
|Alaska||Roxann L. Gagner||Sitka High School; Sitka, AK|
|Arizona||Daniel W. Jordan||Glendale High School; Glendale, AZ|
|California||Richard J. Guiremand||Santa Maria High School; Santa Maria, CA|
|California||James D. Maddox1||Highland High School; Bakersfield, CA|
|Colorado||Kurt R. Knierim||Rocky Mountain High School; Fort Collins, CO|
|Connecticut||David A. Wilock||Wilton High School; Wilton, CT|
|Florida||Debra A. Pettingill2||Largo Senior High School; Largo, FL|
|Florida||Jaime M. Soberon||Amos P. Godby High School; Tallahassee, FL|
|Idaho||Lewis R. Dean Jr.||Middleton High School; Middleton, ID|
|Illinois||Zachary Crandall||Buffalo Grove High School; Buffalo Grove, IL|
|Illinois||John J. Mahon3||Jordan Community School; Chicago, IL|
|Iowa||Benjamin N. Knight||Johnston High School; Johnston, IA|
|Kansas||Laura A. Koenig||Indian Woods Middle School; Overland Park, KS|
|Kentucky||Shawn P. Moore||Russell High School; Russell, KY|
|Louisiana||Stefan L. Lallinger||Langston Hughes Charter Academy; New Orleans, LA|
|Louisiana||Christopher P. Totaro||West Jefferson High School; Harvey, LA|
|Maine||Kip O. Plaisted||Penabscot Valley High School; Howland, ME|
|Maryland||Brenda M. Diaz||Lowell School; Washington, DC|
|Maryland||Jossie L. Perry4||Rising Sun High School; North East, MD|
|Massachusetts||Gracieta S. Small||Lincoln High School; Lincoln, RI|
|Michigan||Kelly J. Eddy5||Winston Churchill High School; Livonia, MI|
|Michigan||Bob Wood||Oakridge High School; Muskegon, MI|
|Minnesota||Robb P. Virgin||South Middle School; Eau Claire, WI|
|Missouri||David W. Mayne||Cameron R-I High School; Cameron, MO|
|Montana||Joanne M. Anibaldi-Berry||Moore High School; Moore, MT|
|Nebraska||Timothy D. Royers||Millard West High School; Omaha, NE|
|Nevada||Shyle J. Irigoin||Edward Pine Middle School; Reno, NV|
|New Hampshire||Michael E. Hennessy||Manchester High School Central; Manchester, NH|
|New Jersey||Andrew D. Assini||JP Case Middle School; Flemington, NJ|
|New Jersey||Craig E. Uplinger6||Marlboro High School; Marlboro, NJ|
|New Mexico||Tina M. Lucas7||Alamogordo High School; Alamogordo, NM|
|North Carolina||Evan Clapsaddle||Swain County High School; Bryson City, NC|
|Ohio||Christopher J. Beavers||Logan Elm High School; Circleville, OH|
|Ohio||Amanda L. Waluzak8||Arts and College Prep Academy; Columbus, OH|
|Oklahoma||Margaret M. DeWeese9||Thoreau Demonstration Academy; Tulsa, OK|
|Oregon||Carissa J. Harris||David Douglas High School; Portland, OR|
|Pennsylvania||Brendon Jobs10||Philadelphia High School for Girls; Philadelphia, PA|
|Pennsylvania||Jeff Manassero||Discovery Charter School; Philadelphia, PA|
|Tennessee||Allan G. Aubrey||Sullivan East High School; Bluff City, TN|
|Texas||Kristie L. Barbee||S.P. Waltrip Senior High School; Houston, TX|
|Texas||Jennifer Hoefler||Pearland High School; Pearland, TX|
|Texas||Marci L. Ward11||Richland Senior High School; North Richland Hills, TX|
|Utah||Todd H. Landeen||Jordan High School; Sandy, UT|
|Vermont||Stephen J. Johnson||Rivendell Academy; Orford, NH|
|Virginia||Mary O. Cosby||Pocahontas Middle School; Richmond, VA|
|Washington||Sharon K. Conditt||Woodland High School; Woodland, WA|
|Wisconsin||Charles P. Slusser||Oregon High School; Oregon, WI|
|Wyoming||Nicholas B. Moyte||Worland High School; Worland, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|Arkansas||Alexander L. McKnight||University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, AR|
|Indiana||Brittany J. Moser||Ball State University; West Muncie, IN|
|Mississippi||Terry R. Johnston||University of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, MS|
|New York||Robert S. Vincent||University of Maryland, College Park; College Park, MD|
|South Carolina||Paige Fennell||University of South Carolina, Columbia; Columbia, SC|
|South Dakota||Brittany Neiles||University of South Dakota; Vermillion, SD|
1 Mr. Maddox's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
2 Ms. Pettingill's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.
3 Mr. Mahon's fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.
4 Ms. Perry'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 Ms. Eddy's fellowship, "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from current and alumni James Madison Fellows.
6 Mr. Uplinger's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc., of Delray Beach, Florida.
7 Ms. Lucas's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
8 Ms. Waluzak's fellowship, The Fred A. Lennon-James Madison Fellowship, is funded in part by the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust of Beechwood, Ohio.
9 Ms. DeWeese's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.
10 Mr. Jobs' fellowship, The Rhode Island Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Rhode Island Foundation of Providence, Rhode Island.
11 Ms. Ward's fellowship, The Hatton W. Sumners-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by The Hatton W. Sumners Foundation of Dallas, Texas.