Derrick Lindow, a U.S. history teacher at Daviess County Middle School, has been selected as Kentucky’s 2019 James Madison Fellow by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation.
The foundation grants up to $24,000 to one fellow from each state annually to cover the cost of tuition and books while attending a four-week session at Georgetown University with a goal of strengthening those teachers’ instruction on the Constitution at the secondary school level.
Lindow is in his ninth year of teaching at Daviess County Middle School, where he began his teaching career. He anticipates important benefits from the fellowship experience both for himself and for his students.
“I am always eager to learn more, especially when it comes to the content I teach,” he said. “Learning more about what I teach will strengthen those times of the school year when we are studying the Constitution. I’m excited to take whole classes on very specific topics, and that will aid in my ability to help 8th-graders understand those concepts.”
Lindow is a volunteer re-enactor at national battlefields, and he brings his passion for that – as well as his gear – to his students. Using uniforms and supplies for both the Union and Confederate armies, he marches his students around the football field and sets up a tent for instruction from guest speakers.