May 2, 2013, Press Release
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 www.jamesmadison.gov.
Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach
|AK||Ruth Sensenig||Susan B. English Elementary/High School, Seldovia, AK|
|AR||Morgan T. Hendricks||Ahlf Junior High School, Searcy, AR|
|AS||Faugagana N. Fagaava||Faga'Itua High School, Faga Itua, AS|
|AZ||Alexander M. Wood||Greyhills Academy High School, Tuba City, AZ|
|AZ||Melissa J. Ganas||North Canyon High School, Phoenix, AZ|
|CA||Christine R. Lester||Lionel Wilson College Prep Academy, Oakland, CA|
|CA||Lindsey Charron1||Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, CA|
|CO||Kurt J. Siebenthal||Rangeview High School, Aurora, CO|
|CT||Christopher M. Todd||Windsor High School, Windsor, CT|
|DC||Eden McCauslin||Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC|
|DE||Melissa L. Blair||Conrad Schools of Science, Wilmington, DE|
|FL||Elizabeth K. Rasmussen||Fort Meade Jr-Sr High School, Fort Meade, FL|
|FL||Mark G. Durr2||Fernandina Beach High School, Fernandina Beach, FL|
|GA||Amanda Fielder||Willis A. Sutton Middle School, Atlanta, GA|
|IA||Thomas R. Griffin||Johnston High School, Johnston, IA|
|ID||Melinda K. Harris||Preston Junior High School, Preston, ID|
|IL||Scott M. Plencner3||William H. Taft High School, Chicago, IL|
|IL||Matthew J. Weldon||Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park, IL|
|IN||Mark G. Matthews||Carmel Middle School, Carmel, IN|
|KS||Lewis Whitson||Hartford High School, Hartford, KS|
|MA||Kathleen E. Scorza||Newton Country Day School, Newton, MA|
|MD||Brent N. Ault4||Marriotts Ridge High School, Marriottsville, MD|
|ME||Normand J. L'Heureux||Boothbay Region High School, Boothbay Harbor, ME|
|MI||Deeann W. Skov||Fruitport High School, Fruitport, MI|
|MN||Joseph W. Joyce||Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School, Janesville, MN|
|MO||Howard Warren||Westminster Christian Academy, Saint Louis, MO|
|MS||Reynolds J. Bodenhamer||Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS|
|ND||Kari A. Hall||Williston High School, Williston, ND|
|NE||Rebekah M. Sidzyik||Nathan Hale Magnet Middle School, Omaha, NE|
|NH||Andrew J. Otocka||Nashua Senior High School North, Nashua, NH|
|NJ||James J. Fagen||Manasquan High School, Manasquan, NJ|
|NJ||Leah N. Jerome5||Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ|
|NM||John M. Wallace||Valley High School, Albuquerque, NM|
|NY||Patrick D. Sprinkle||Bronx Collegiate Academy, Bronx, NY|
|OH||Justin Crews||Troy Junior High, Troy, OH|
|OH||Melanie Stuthard||Revere Middle School, Bath, OH|
|OK||Anthony Cherry||George Washington Carver, Tulsa, OK|
|RI||Phillip Magano||Lincoln High School, Lincoln, RI|
|SC||Melissa B. Hincher||Beaufort Academy, Beaufort, SC|
|TN||Craig Taylor||Cumberland County High School, Crossville, TN|
|TX||Amber L. McMunn||Eisenhower High School, Houston, TX|
|TX||Lana S. Burns||Cypress Ranch High School, Cypress, TX|
|UT||Shalyn D. Nelson||Enterprise High School, Enterprise, UT|
|VA||Roderick Zano||Princess Anne High School, Virginia Beach, VA|
|WI||Eric D. Nelson||Regis High School, Eau Claire, WI|
|WI||Paul R. Clark||Wausau East High School, Wausau, WI|
|WV||Cynthia A. McCallister||Man High School, Man, WV|
|WY||Michael Thomas||Rock Springs High School, Rock Springs, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|AL||Ruth Neilson||Athens State University, AL|
|KY||Emily K. Dixon||Transylvania University, KY|
|MD||Madison Kantzer||Pennsylvania State University, PA|
|NC||Lee H. Alexander||University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC|
|OH||Victoria Pang6||Swarthmore College, PA|
|OR||Amanda Zengel||Portland State University, OR|
|PA||Brian D. Schmidt||Susquehanna University, PA|
|WA||Richard Mueller||Stanford 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.