COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Kendrick High School teacher has been selected as the James Madison Fellow for the state of Georgia.
Heather Riganti, an American Government and U.S. History teacher will spend four weeks at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. studying the U.S. Constitution, founding fathers, and other documents that are significant to American Government and U.S. History. She will begin her studies next July.
Riganti will also be awarded $24,0000 toward the Summer Institute on the Constitution of her graduate studies. She is pursuing a Masters in American Government and U.S. History at Ashland University.
According to the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, the program strives to improve teaching about the United States Constitution in secondary schools. The foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the federal government and developed the fellowship program in honor of James Madison's legacy and principles regarding the Constitution.
"It is an immense honor to be awarded a James Madison Memorial Fellowship. I am committed to bettering myself through opportunities like this. There is always more for me to learn, especially in U.S. History and American Government," said Riganti.
Riganti says the fellowship will allow her to be more confident as an educator as she strives to develop into the educator of quality and distinction that her students deserve.