For the second straight year, a social studies teacher from Marshalltown High School has been selected for the James Madison Fellowship Program.
Brad Rahmiller, government teacher at MHS, has been selected for the fellowship this year, after MHS teacher Alex Abbe received the honor last year.
Rahmiller’s application included his educational and professional organization background, essays and letters of recommendation. As part of this fellowship, Rahmiller will have his master’s degree work funded at Ashland University in Ohio and attend a four-week summer institute in 2018 at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
“It’s really exciting,” Rahmiller said. “The main reason I’m doing this is to be able to teach government dual credit classes at MHS.”
Rahmiller has taught at MHS since 2008. He is a native of Iowa Falls and is a University of Northern Iowa graduate. He grew up attending a wide range of political events with his father, Eldon Rahmiller, which led to his interest in government. Brad looks forward to bringing knowledge gained from this fellowship work back to his classroom at MHS.
“I think it’s good for the school,” Rahmiller said “It’s nice for Marshalltown to have two (James Madison Fellows). The more background you have is going to help the students.”
MHS Principal Jacque Wyant wrote a letter of recommendation for Rahmiller and called him an “excellent candidate” for the fellowship.
“As I have come to know Brad, I have seen his teacher leadership in multiple areas,” Wyant wrote as part of her letter. “Not only does Brad demonstrate a broad understanding of curriculum as it ties to national and state standards, he is able to articulate the appropriateness for particular topics based on the developmental needs of students.”
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship was created by Congress in 1986 for the purpose of improving teaching about the Constitution. Rahmiller is one of just two educators in the state of Iowa selected for the honor this year, with 53 total selected throughout the nation.