July 7, 2008

Lewisburg Teacher Receives Fellowship — Pursuing Master’s Degree in History

David J. Pinnow, a teacher at Lewisburg Middle/High School in Olive Branch and a resident of Hernando, has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Washington, D.C., in its seventeenth annual fellowship competition.

This fellowship will fund up to $24,000 of Pinnow's course of study toward a master's degree in history.

"I plan to get a master's degree from the University of Memphis," said Pinnow. "I have one master's degree in divinity, but I know this fellowship will make me a better teacher. Also, this fellowship will fund special classes next summer at Georgetown University in Washington."

A total of 58 fellowships were awarded in 2008 across the nation. James Madison Fellowships support further study of American history by college graduates who aspire to become teachers in American history, American government, and social studies in the nation's secondary schools, as well as by experienced secondary school teacher of the same subjects.

The fellowship is named in honor of the fourth president of the United States who is the acknowledged "father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights."

Pinnow was selected for a James Madison Fellowship 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 fellowship - funded by income from a trust fund in the Treasury of the United States and from additional private gifts, corporate contributions, and foundation grants - requires its recipients 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 establishment of the executive branch of the federal government.

Pinnow has eight years of teaching experience and earned his National Board Certification in history this past year.

"This award goes to a select group of individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution.," said Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools. "I am very proud of David. I often say we have the best teachers in America. I like it when national organizations echo the same fact."

Originally published by Special to My Life .

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