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May 6, 2020, Press Release

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation Announces 2020 James Madison Fellows

The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Virginia announced today that it has selected 49 James Madison Fellows for 2020 in its twenty-ninth 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 49 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, American government 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

2020 James Madison Fellows

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

StateName School
AKAlyssa M. Logan Chugiak High School; Chugiak, AK
ALMatthew Summerlin Auburn High School; Auburn, AL
ARDaniel O. Caudle Russellville High School; Russellville, AR
AZAnn M. Shanahan G&T Academy & Maryvale HS; Phoenix, AZ
CANicole Miller1 Mission Hills High School; San Marcos, CA
CAYen Ju Kuo The Branson School; Ross, CA
COAlexis DeNeice Lakewood High School; Lakewood, CO
CTKathleen N. Boland Trumbull High School; Trumbull, CT
DEAndrea Edmonds Postlethwait Middle School; Camden, DE
FLAllison J. Elledge2 Flagler Palm Coast High School; Palm Coast, FL
FLSarah Witkowski Pine Crest School; Fort Lauderdale, FL
GAMolly Bethune Roswell High School; Roswell, GA
HIMary G. Ward Asia Pacific International School; Hauula, HI
IAShauna F. Cihacek Kirn Middle School; Council Bluffs, IA
ILJohanna Heppeler East Leyden High School; Franklin Park, IL
ILThomas Rooney3 West Leyden High School; Northlake, IL
INTaShena R. Melton Calumet Christian School; Griffith, IN
KSSarah Hoff Dodge City High School; Dodge City, KS
KYJeanie E. Smith Drakes Creek Middle School; Bowling Green, KY
LALauren LeBato Alfred M. Barbe High School; Lake Charles, LA
MEAlyssa K. McLean Edward Little High School; Auburn, ME
MITony Perry Salem Lutheran School; Owosso, MI
MNChristopher M. Pappadackis KMS High School; Kerkhoven, MN
MOAndrew Seavy Joplin High School; Joplin, MO
MSKevin J. Allemand Hancock High School; Kiln, MS
NCJeffrey Natoli South Iredell High School; Concord, NC
NDKayla Werre Nedrose High School; Minot, ND
NENicholas Hegge Logan View Public Schools; Hooper, NE
NHMallory A. Langkau Groveton High School; Groveton, NH
NJTessa L. Belluscio I.S. Kosloff Torah Academy; Bala Cynwyd, PA
NJSteven R. Anderson4 Timber Creek Regional High School; Sicklerville, NJ
NMJoshua G. Arbogast Capital High School; Santa Fe, NM
NVJamie N. Homm Desert Skies Middle School; Sun Valley, NV
NYMichael T. Crosby Liverpool High School; Liverpool, NY
OHAmy Elsass Miamisburg High School; Miamisburg, OH
OKAnna M. Lenardson Cookson Hills Christian School; Kansas, OK
ORJacqueline Pope-Brothers Sprague High School; Salem, OR
PARobbie L. Tubbs Jr. Clearfield Area Jr/Sr High School; Clearfield, PA
TNBrandon M. Eldridge Warren County High School; Mcminnville, TN
TXTrasa Cobern Trinity High School; Euless, TX
TXDelia Perez5 J. Economedes High School; Edinburg, TX
UTEmily Glende Waterford School; Sandy, UT
VASamuel Ulmschneider Maggie L. Walker Governor's School; Richmond, VA
WAPaul Morrisroe Eastside Catholic School; Sammamish, WA
WIJennifer L. Helstad Rice Lake High School; Rice Lake, WI
WVTabatha Craddock Ripley High School; Ripley, WV
WYMark Seivley Cheyenne East High School; Cheyenne, WY


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

State Name School
MAEmma M. Dionne Marist College; Poughkeepsie, NY
SCAmani M. Altwam Clemson University; Clemson, SC

1 Nicole Miller's fellowship, the Henry Salvatori—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Henry Salvatori Foundation.

2 Allison J. Elledge's fellowship, the J. Seward Johnson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship, is endowed by the Atlantic Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey.

3 Thomas Rooney's fellowship "The Fellows' Fellowship," is funded in part by contributions from James Madison Fellows.

4 Steven R. Anderson's fellowship, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr.—James Madison Fellowship is endowed by the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. Foundation, Inc. of Roseland, New Jersey.

5 Delia Perez's fellowship, the Amy Shelton McNutt Trust—James Madison Fellowship, is funded by the Amy Shelton McNutt Trust.