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May 1, 2019, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2019 James Madison Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Virgina announced today that it has selected 53 James Madison Fellows for 2019 in its twenty-eighth 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 civics.

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 civics 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

2019 James Madison Fellows

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

StateName School
ALMarcee E. Hinds Baker High School, Mobile, AL
ARVickie Johnston Cutter Morning Star High School, Hot Springs, AR
ARAshley J. Haning1 Joe T. Robinson High School, Little Rock, AR
ASLatalata Samuelu Leone High School, Pago Pago, AS
AZKelsey Sercl West Wing School, Peoria, AZ
CAJordan Dietrich Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove, CA
CAKatherine Orenberg2 Pleasanton Middle School, Pleasanton, CA
COBarbara Taylor Pomona High School, Arvada, CO
CTJonathan McGlynn Windsor High School, Windsor, CT
DCGabriele Hall Fairfax High School, Fairfax, VA
DELauren Jester Odyssey Charter School, Wilmington, DE
FLBonnie McCarthy3 Bak Middle School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
FLMaryanne Hipple Clearwater High School, Clearwater, FL
IAJessica Dowell Johnston High School, Johnston, IA
IDColin Donovan Coeur d'Alene High School, Coeur d'Alene, ID
ILKimberly Ferraro4 Lake Zurich High School, Lake Zurich, IL
ILRiley Keltner Ladue Horton Watkins High School, St. Louis, MO
INRebecca Stoltzfus Kokomo High School, Kokomo, IN
KSTrevor Ewert Chanute High School, Chanute, KS
KSTalia Baker JC Harmon High School, Kansas City, KS
KYDerrick Lindow Daviess County Middle School, Owensboro, KY
MABrittany A. Fitzgibbon Chelsea High School, Chelsea, MA
MDKatherine Corrado Woodgrove High School, Purcellville, VA
MIGeoffrey V. Wickersham Groves High School, Beverly Hills, MI
MNMegan P. Thompson Osseo Senior High School, Osseo, MN
MOMatthew L. Buckles Guadalup Centers High School, Kansas City, MO
MSJacie E. Meyers Ocean Springs Middle School, Ocean Springs, MS
NCAngel Ledbetter Rutherford Early College High-Reach, Spindale, NC
NDScott J. Foltz Jim Hill Middle School, Minot, ND
NEAlise M. Pape Lincoln East High School, Lincoln, NE
NHElisabeth K. Conn Prospect Mountain High School, Alton, NH
NJKeri A. Giannotti Bloomfield High School, Bloomfield, NJ
NJRobert N. Schulte5 Neptune High School, Neptune, NJ
NMShannon J. Beyer Villa Santa Maria, Cedar Crest, NM
NVMichael M. Mutzhaus Basic Academy of International Studies, Henderson, NV
NYManoj P. Thadhani Manhasset Senior High School, Manhasset, NY
OHMarilyn M. Orseno North Royalton High School, North Royalton, OH
OHLucas E. George6 Franklin High School, Franklin, OH
OKAlona D. Whitebird Southmoore High School, Moore, OK
ORJoshua T. Nice Thurston High School, Springfield, OR
PALarry P. Dorenkamp North Hills Middle School, Pittsburgh, PA
SCMarc A. Turner Dent Middle School, Columbia, SC
TNDaniel C. Warner East High School, Memphis, TN
TXMichael D. Gillette Boerne Champion High School, Boerne, TX
UTClifford C. Strieby Riverton High School, Riverton, UT
VAAnne M. Walker Louise Benton Middle School, Manassas, VA
WAStacy Scoles Sumner-Bonney Lake School District, Sumner, WA
WIKevin P. Gleeson St. Thomas More High School, Milwaukee, WI
WVSonya C. Shockey Hedgesville High School, Hedgesville, WV
WYCasey S. Swift Lander Middle School, Lander, WY


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

State Name School
GAMegan Copelan University of Georgia, Athens, GA
MDIsabel C. Russell7 Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, MD
MTSari Chabot Carroll College, Helena, MT

1 Ashley J. Haning's fellowship, the Riggs Benevolent Fund—James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Riggs Benevolent Fund of Little Rock, Arkansas.

2 Katherine Orenberg's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

3 Bonnie McCarthy's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

4 Kimberly Ferraro’s fellowship, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation—James Madison Fellowship is funded by the McCormick Foundation of Chicago, Illinois.

5 Robert Schulte’s fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.

6 Lucas Georges’s fellowship, “The Fellows’ Fellowship,” is funded in part by contributions from James Madison Fellows.

7 Isabel 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.