May 3, 2009, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2009 Fellows

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

2009 James Madison Fellows

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

AlabamaDeborah L. Weidner-StoverCentral High School Coosa County; Rockford, AL
AlaskaRoxann L. GagnerSitka High School; Sitka, AK
ArizonaDaniel W. JordanGlendale High School; Glendale, AZ
CaliforniaRichard J. GuiremandSanta Maria High School; Santa Maria, CA
CaliforniaJames D. Maddox1Highland High School; Bakersfield, CA
ColoradoKurt R. KnierimRocky Mountain High School; Fort Collins, CO
ConnecticutDavid A. WilockWilton High School; Wilton, CT
FloridaDebra A. Pettingill2Largo Senior High School; Largo, FL
FloridaJaime M. SoberonAmos P. Godby High School; Tallahassee, FL
IdahoLewis R. Dean Jr.Middleton High School; Middleton, ID
IllinoisZachary CrandallBuffalo Grove High School; Buffalo Grove, IL
IllinoisJohn J. Mahon3Jordan Community School; Chicago, IL
IowaBenjamin N. KnightJohnston High School; Johnston, IA
KansasLaura A. KoenigIndian Woods Middle School; Overland Park, KS
KentuckyShawn P. MooreRussell High School; Russell, KY
LouisianaStefan L. LallingerLangston Hughes Charter Academy; New Orleans, LA
LouisianaChristopher P. TotaroWest Jefferson High School; Harvey, LA
MaineKip O. PlaistedPenabscot Valley High School; Howland, ME
MarylandBrenda M. DiazLowell School; Washington, DC
MarylandJossie L. Perry4Rising Sun High School; North East, MD
MassachusettsGracieta S. SmallLincoln High School; Lincoln, RI
MichiganKelly J. Eddy5Winston Churchill High School; Livonia, MI
MichiganBob WoodOakridge High School; Muskegon, MI
MinnesotaRobb P. VirginSouth Middle School; Eau Claire, WI
MissouriDavid W. MayneCameron R-I High School; Cameron, MO
MontanaJoanne M. Anibaldi-BerryMoore High School; Moore, MT
NebraskaTimothy D. RoyersMillard West High School; Omaha, NE
NevadaShyle J. IrigoinEdward Pine Middle School; Reno, NV
New HampshireMichael E. HennessyManchester High School Central; Manchester, NH
New JerseyAndrew D. AssiniJP Case Middle School; Flemington, NJ
New JerseyCraig E. Uplinger6Marlboro High School; Marlboro, NJ
New MexicoTina M. Lucas7Alamogordo High School; Alamogordo, NM
North CarolinaEvan ClapsaddleSwain County High School; Bryson City, NC
OhioChristopher J. BeaversLogan Elm High School; Circleville, OH
OhioAmanda L. Waluzak8Arts and College Prep Academy; Columbus, OH
OklahomaMargaret M. DeWeese9Thoreau Demonstration Academy; Tulsa, OK
OregonCarissa J. HarrisDavid Douglas High School; Portland, OR
PennsylvaniaBrendon Jobs10Philadelphia High School for Girls; Philadelphia, PA
PennsylvaniaJeff ManasseroDiscovery Charter School; Philadelphia, PA
TennesseeAllan G. AubreySullivan East High School; Bluff City, TN
TexasKristie L. BarbeeS.P. Waltrip Senior High School; Houston, TX
TexasJennifer HoeflerPearland High School; Pearland, TX
TexasMarci L. Ward11Richland Senior High School; North Richland Hills, TX
UtahTodd H. LandeenJordan High School; Sandy, UT
VermontStephen J. JohnsonRivendell Academy; Orford, NH
VirginiaMary O. CosbyPocahontas Middle School; Richmond, VA
WashingtonSharon K. CondittWoodland High School; Woodland, WA
WisconsinCharles P. SlusserOregon High School; Oregon, WI
WyomingNicholas B. MoyteWorland High School; Worland, WY


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

ArkansasAlexander L. McKnightUniversity of Arkansas; Fayetteville, AR
IndianaBrittany J. MoserBall State University; West Muncie, IN
MississippiTerry R. JohnstonUniversity of Southern Mississippi; Hattiesburg, MS
New YorkRobert S. VincentUniversity of Maryland, College Park; College Park, MD
South CarolinaPaige FennellUniversity of South Carolina, Columbia; Columbia, SC
South DakotaBrittany NeilesUniversity 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.