May 5, 2016, Press Release
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, VA announced today that it has selected 53 James Madison Fellows for 2016 in its twenty-fifth 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 53 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||Leandra E. Wilden||West Anchorage High School, Anchorage, AK|
|AR||Olivia W. Lewis||Sheridan Junior High School, Sheridan, AR|
|CA||Derrick M. Saenz-Payne1||Ceres High School, Ceres, CA|
|CA||Hannah Thomas||Rancho Christian High School, Temecula, CA|
|CO||Elizabeth Milligan||High Tech Early College, Denver, CO|
|CT||Teresa M. Lewis||Naugatuck High School, Naugatuck, CT|
|FL||Gregory Balan2||Varsity Lakes Middle School, Lehigh Acres, FL|
|FL||Anne-Elizabeth R. Huff-Hester||Riverdale High School, Fort Myers, FL|
|IA||Alexander M. Abbe||Marshalltown Senior High School, Marshalltown, IA|
|IA||Adam J. Arthur3||Abraham Lincoln High School, Des Moines, IA|
|ID||Russell P. McCrea||Meridian High School, Meridian, ID|
|IL||Dana L. Pavisich4||KIPP Ascend Middle School, Chicago, IL|
|KS||Erica W. Benson||Blue Valley North High School, Overland Park, KS|
|KY||Howard L. Muncy||Jackson County High School, McKee, KY|
|LA||Jennifer G. Traweek||Caddo Middle Magnet, Shreveport, LA|
|MA||Bryan Sheckman||Lowell High School, Lowell, MA|
|MD||Jerome S. Bailey, II5||Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Baltimore, MD|
|MD||Peter P. Ramsey||Francis L. Cardozo High School, Washington, DC|
|MD||Alison B. Russell6||Montgomery Blair High School, Silver Spring, MD|
|ME||Julie McCabe||Westbrook High School, Westbrook, ME|
|MI||Walter R. Hanson||Engadine High School, Engadine, MI|
|MN||Howard W. Van Otterloo, Jr.||Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School, Janesville, MN|
|MO||Zaven D. Nalbandian||Parkway West High School, Ballwin, MO|
|MS||Gerald M. Nason, III||Center Hill High School, Olive Branch, MS|
|MT||M'Kenzie K. Frickel||Joliet High School, Joliet, MT|
|NC||Kelli A. Peters||Gaston Day School, Gastonia, NC|
|ND||Bethany A. Horning||Century High School, Bismarck, ND|
|NE||Nicholas R. Kintzle||Millard South High School, Omaha, NE|
|NH||Michael R. Dupont||Wilton-Lyndboro Cooprtv J/S HS, Wilton, NH|
|NJ||Andrew M. Van Der Hoof7||Rutherford High School, Rutherford, NJ|
|NM||Sara LeGate||Cibola High School, Albuquerque, NM|
|NV||Kevin R. Barney||Veterans Tribute Career Academy, Las Vegas, NV|
|NY||Erica K. Martin||Chittenango Middle School, Chittenango, NY|
|OH||James S. Lautzenheiser||Crestview High School, Convoy, OH|
|OK||Nathaniel M. Thompson||Mingo Valley Christian School, Tulsa, OK|
|OR||Kjerstin M. Spark-Stahl||Lost River Junior Senior High School, Merrill, OR|
|PA||Maureen S. Rieger||Pottstown Senior High School, Pottstown, PA|
|SC||Charly M. Adkinson||Givhans Alternative Program, Ridgeville, SC|
|SD||George J. Hawkins||New Technology High School, Sioux Falls, SD|
|TN||John F. Apple||Upperman High School, Baxter, TN|
|TX||Lisa D. Smith||Cross Timbers Middle School, Grapevine, TX|
|UT||Brittany J. Sylvester||Scott M. Matheson Jr. High School, Magna, UT|
|VA||Jennifer A. Hitchcock||Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA|
|VA||Roxanne H. Thompson8||Pulaski County High School, Dublin, VA|
|WA||Katie Klaus||Woodland High School, Woodland, WA|
|WI||Jessica L. Walworth||Watertown High School, Watertown, WI|
|WY||Jason D. Williams||Saratoga High School, Saratoga, WY|
Prospective Teachers (Junior Fellows)
Listed by state of legal residence, name, and undergraduate school
|AL||Amanda C. Read||Troy University, Troy, AL|
|GA||Anne K. Roge||Auburn University, Auburn, GA|
|IL||Brandon T. Ceplecha||Lewis University, Romeoville, IL|
|IN||Alexander K. Uryga||Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN|
|NJ||Emily A. Lake||Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ|
|WV||Mary R. Dunn||Rhodes College, Memphis, TN|
1 Mr. Derrick M. Saenz-Payne’s fellowship, the Henry Salvatori-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.
2 Mr. Gregory Balan’s fellowship,the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.
3 Mr. Adam J. Arthur’s fellowship, "The Fellows’ Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from active and alumni James Madison Fellows.
4Ms. Dana L. Pavisich’s fellowship, the McCormick Foundation-James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.
5Mr. Jerome S. Bailey, II’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.
6Alison B. Russell’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.
7Mr. Andrew M. Van Der Hoof’s fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.-James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.
8Ms. Roxanne H. Thompson’s fellowship, the Harrison Foundation – James Madison Fellowship is funded by the Harrison Foundation of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia.