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May 21, 2014, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2014 Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA, announced today that it has selected 51 James Madison Fellows for 2014 in its twenty-third 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,” 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 51 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

2014 James Madison Fellows

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

AKDeborah S. LorenceGlennallen High School, Glennallen, AK
ARZachary William Deibel1Marked Tree High School, Marked Tree, AR
AZKarin Nelson CummingsSunnyslope High School, Phoenix, AZ
CAJeffrey Stephen Wagner2Mira Monte High School, Bakersfield, CA
CASamuel WeaverAmador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA
COJill A. MartinezDel Norte High School, Del Norte, CO
CTMichael Max StaffaroniNew Canaan High School, New Canaan, CT
FLRichard Peter JuddNova High School, Davie, FL
FLAmy Elizabeth Parker3Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, FL
HIJason John DuncanMililani High School, Mililani, HI
IDCheryllyn Jean AdamsCaldwell Senior High School, Caldwell, ID
INKyle WilsonCovenant Christian High School, Indianapolis, IN
IAKelly Jo SteffenWashington High School, Vinton, IA
KSDustin Lee RimmeyTopeka High School, Topeka, KS
LARobin E. DeckCatholic High School, Baton Rouge, LA
MDJoshua T. Dowling4Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD
MAPeter Joseph GillenTaunton High School, Taunton, MA
MIKelly Katherine DutcherHarbor Springs High School, Harbor Springs, MI
MNWinifred AndersonSauk Rapids High School, Sauk Rapids, MN
MOJoseph Henry HunterElsberry High School, Elsberry, MO
MTJennifer ZirbelLone Peak High School, Big Sky, MT
NEThomas HaindfieldCreighton Preparatory School, Omaha, NE
NVKarlye J. MullVeterans Tribute Career Academy, Las Vegas, NV
NJEvan Bennett McLaughlinMountain View School, Mendham, NJ
NJConnor Quinlan5Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, NJ
NMAmy C. PageMoriarty High School, Moriarty, NM
NCVivian TutterowDavie High School, Mocksbille, NC/td>
NDDrew D. HysjulienMinot High School Magic City Campus, Minot, ND
MPEric Alan CookeSaipan International School, Saipan, MP
OHDustin HornbeckPiqua High School, Piqua, OH
OKShreeta Venee AshleyThomas A Edison Middle School, Tulsa, OK
ORThomas Daniel ManningValley Catholic High School, Beaverton, OR
PAColbe K. KleinSalesianum School, Wilmington, DE
RIStephanie DaSilvaCumberland High School, Cumberland, RI
SCCharles Ray TylerYork Preparatory Academy, Rock Hill, SC
TNTroy Robert PetrieInnovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, Kingsport, TN
TXJason Hahn BurlesonCentennial High School, Burleson, TX
UTKyle John JensenCopper Hills High School, West Jordan, UT
VARoss Joseph BosseLuther Jackson Middle School, Falls Church, VA
WIShanna Marie HechimovichArrowhead High School, Hartland, WI
WYTraci Ann SchladweilerWright Jr-Sr High School, Wright, WY


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

ALErica Marie VatellaAuburn University, AL
ARAnnie WilliamsLindenwood University, MO
GAMatthew Telford TylerUniversity of Georgia, GA
ILAlyssa Kaitlin Niese6American University, DC
ILStephanie UllmanNew York University, NY
KYBenjamin Michael GiesBellarmine University, KY
MDMichael Robert BealefeldUniversity of Baltimore, MD
NYGary Patrick GiordanoWagner College, NY
VTIan Conor SullivanLyndon State College, VT
WACarly Ann PetersonUniversity of Washington, WA

1 Mr. Zachary Deibel’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.

2 Mr. Jeffrey Stephen Wagner’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

3 Ms. Amy E. Parker’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Sr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

4 Mr. Joshua T. Dowling’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 Mr. Connor Quinlan’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. Alyssa K. Niese’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.