May 14, 2015, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA, announced today that it has selected 51 James Madison Fellows for 2015 in its twenty-fourth 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 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 www.jamesmadison.gov.
Current Teachers (Senior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and secondary school where they teach
|AK||Kevin P. Ratliff||East Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK|
|AZ||Lisa K. Adams||Corona del Sol High School, Tempe, AZ|
|CA||Tyrel C. Rose1||Foothill High School, Bakersfield, CA|
|CO||Kristina J. Bybee2||Conifer High School, Conifer, CO|
|CO||Michael J. Sandstrom||Yuma High School, Yuma, CO|
|CT||Michelle Pusser||Academy of Information Tech, Stamford, CT|
|FL||Heather M. Deiches-Wasemann||McKeel Academy, Lakeland, FL|
|FL||David F. Monaco3||Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame, Miami, FL|
|HI||Amy A. Perruso||Mililani High School, Mililani, HI|
|ID||Kathryn Milburn||Idaho Connects Online School, Nampa, ID|
|IL||Robert T. Grigsby4||Rich East High School, Park Forest, IL|
|IL||Cheryl A. Kyrias||Oswego East High School, Oswego, IL|
|IN||James V. Bradburn||Shelbyville High School, Shelbyville, IN|
|IA||Daniel T. Covino||Grinnell Community Senior High School, Grinnell, IA|
|KS||Taylor K. Smith||Shawnee Heights Middle School, Tecumseh, KS|
|LA||Jessica E. Kearney||Broadmoor High School, Baton Rouge, LA|
|ME||Jamie L. Karaffa||Bruce M. Whittier Middle School, Poland, ME|
|MD||Ellen E. Georgi5||Urbana Middle School, Ijamsville, MD|
|MA||Mark A. Lowe||Beethoven/Ohrenberger K-8, Boston, MA|
|MI||Craig A. Windt||Central High School, Bay City, MI|
|MN||James D. Farrant||Heritage Christian Academy, Maple Grove, MN|
|MS||Charles W. Brand||Pearl High School, Pearl, MS|
|MO||Marc S. Ostrowski||Hazelwood East High School, Saint Louis, MO|
|MT||Drew E. Burfeind||Sentinel High School, Missoula, MT|
|NE||Zachary T. Wojtowicz||Lincoln Southeast High School, Lincoln, NE|
|NV||Julianne Kinzie||Billinghurst Middle School, Reno, NV|
|NH||Jacob Goodwin||Gilmanton School, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH|
|NJ||Linda N. Dean||West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ|
|NM||Sheilah A. Jennings||St. Pius X High School, Albuquerque, NM|
|NY||Donna M. Fedele||Dutchess Day School, Dutchess, NY|
|NC||Dustin P. Baker||The Franklin Academy, Wake Forest, NC|
|ND||Shannon J. Sorenson||Century High School, Bismarck, ND|
|OH||Stuart M. Leo||South High School, Columbus, OH|
|OK||Edwin A. Braudrick||Atoka High School, Atoka, OK|
|PA||Georgette M. Hackman||Cocalico Middle School, Denver, PA|
|RI||David J. Mercante||Lincoln School, Providence, RI|
|SC||Leslie K. Martin||Powdersville High School, Greenville, SC|
|TX||Kimberly D. Grosenbacher||Samuel V. Champion High School, Boerne, TX|
|UT||Darlene James||Herriman High School, Herriman, UT|
|VA||Douglas L. Zywiol||Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA|
|WA||Kathleen R. King||Kentwood Senior High School, Covington, WA|
|WV||Adam R. Young||Nicholas County High School, Summersville, WV|
|WI||Rhonda K. Watton||Templeton Middle School, Sussex, WI|
|WY||Whitney J. Mueller||Laramie High School, Laramie, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|AL||Caitlin M. Halperin||Auburn University, AL|
|AR||Scott O. Shackelford||University of Arkansas, AR|
|CA||Alicia C. Tito||University of Maryland, MD|
|DC||Matthew E. Burgoyne||University of Georgia, GA|
|GA||Megan E. Ernst||University of Georgia, GA|
|MD||Joseph P. Landgraf||University of Maryland, MD|
|NJ||Sarah E. Gittleman6||Rutgers, NJ|
1 Mr. Tyrel C. Rose’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
2 Ms. Kristina J. Bybee’s fellowship,"The Fellows’ Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.
3 Mr. David F. Monaco’s fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.
4 Mr. Robert T. Grigsby’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.
5 Ms. Ellen E. Georgi’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.
6 Ms. Sarah E. Gittleman’s fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.