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May 2, 2013, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2013 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA, announced today that it has selected 56 James Madison Fellows for 2013 in its twenty-second 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 56 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 agency of the executive branch of the federal government. Additional information may be found at

2013 James Madison Fellows

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

AKRuth SensenigSusan B. English Elementary/High School, Seldovia, AK
ARMorgan T. HendricksAhlf Junior High School, Searcy, AR
ASFaugagana N. FagaavaFaga'Itua High School, Faga Itua, AS
AZAlexander M. WoodGreyhills Academy High School, Tuba City, AZ
AZMelissa J. GanasNorth Canyon High School, Phoenix, AZ
CAChristine R. LesterLionel Wilson College Prep Academy, Oakland, CA
CALindsey Charron1Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, CA
COKurt J. SiebenthalRangeview High School, Aurora, CO
CTChristopher M. ToddWindsor High School, Windsor, CT
DCEden McCauslinWoodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC
DEMelissa L. BlairConrad Schools of Science, Wilmington, DE
FLElizabeth K. RasmussenFort Meade Jr-Sr High School, Fort Meade, FL
FLMark G. Durr2Fernandina Beach High School, Fernandina Beach, FL
GAAmanda FielderWillis A. Sutton Middle School, Atlanta, GA
IAThomas R. GriffinJohnston High School, Johnston, IA
IDMelinda K. HarrisPreston Junior High School, Preston, ID
ILScott M. Plencner3William H. Taft High School, Chicago, IL
ILMatthew J. WeldonElmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park, IL
INMark G. MatthewsCarmel Middle School, Carmel, IN
KSLewis WhitsonHartford High School, Hartford, KS
MAKathleen E. ScorzaNewton Country Day School, Newton, MA
MDBrent N. Ault4Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD
MENormand J. L'HeureuxBoothbay Region High School, Boothbay Harbor, ME
MIDeeann W. SkovFruitport High School, Fruitport, MI
MNJoseph W. JoyceJanesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School, Janesville, MN
MOHoward WarrenWestminster Christian Academy, Saint Louis, MO
MSReynolds J. BodenhamerGulfport High School, Gulfport, MS
NDKari A. HallWilliston High School, Williston, ND
NERebekah M. SidzyikNathan Hale Magnet Middle School, Omaha, NE
NHAndrew J. OtockaNashua Senior High School North, Nashua, NH
NJJames J. FagenManasquan High School, Manasquan, NJ
NJLeah N. Jerome5Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ
NMJohn M. WallaceValley High School, Albuquerque, NM
NYPatrick D. SprinkleBronx Collegiate Academy, Bronx, NY
OHJustin CrewsTroy Junior High, Troy, OH
OHMelanie StuthardRevere Middle School, Bath, OH
OKAnthony CherryGeorge Washington Carver, Tulsa, OK
RIPhillip MaganoLincoln High School, Lincoln, RI
SCMelissa B. HincherBeaufort Academy, Beaufort, SC
TNCraig TaylorCumberland County High School, Crossville, TN
TXAmber L. McMunnEisenhower High School, Houston, TX
TXLana S. BurnsCypress Ranch High School, Cypress, TX
UTShalyn D. NelsonEnterprise High School, Enterprise, UT
VARoderick ZanoPrincess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA
WIEric D. NelsonRegis High School, Eau Claire, WI
WIPaul R. ClarkWausau East High School, Wausau, WI
WVCynthia A. McCallisterMan High School, Man, WV
WYMichael ThomasRock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY


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

ALRuth NeilsonAthens State University, AL
KYEmily K. DixonTransylvania University, KY
MDMadison KantzerPennsylvania State University, PA
NCLee H. AlexanderUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC
OHVictoria Pang6Swarthmore College, PA
ORAmanda ZengelPortland State University, OR
PABrian D. SchmidtSusquehanna University, PA
WARichard MuellerStanford University, WA

1 Ms. Charron’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

2 Mr. Durr’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

3 Mr. Plencner’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

4 Mr. Ault’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, DC.

5 Ms. Jerome’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. Pang’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.