Ravenna High School Educator Honored for Academic Achievement, Dedication to Teaching
As Ohio’s 2021 James Madison Fellow, Matthew Wunderle will complete master’s degree and study for a month at Georgetown University
(April 19, 2021, Ravenna, Ohio) – Matthew Wunderle, Ravenna High School social studies
teacher, has been selected as Ohio’s 2021 James Madison Fellow.
As this year’s Fellow, the remainder of Wunderle’s master’s degree will be funded by the James
Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation, including books, travel, and lodging. Additionally, the
foundation will pay for him to study in residence at Georgetown University for a month in the
summer of 2022.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation offers $24,000 James Madison Graduate
Fellowships to individuals desiring to become outstanding teachers of the American Constitution
at the secondary school level. Individuals who apply for the award compete amongst others in
their state of residence based on academic merit, strong promise of completing their master’s
degree, and convincing dedication to teaching young people in secondary schools.
“I am honored to have been selected as a 2021 James Madison Fellow,” Wunderle said.
“Through my fellowship, I’ll be able to do more than just finish my degree. I will join a network of
teachers from around the country who will help me continue to grow as a scholar and an
educator. I hope to bring a deeper understanding of our American Constitutional system and our
nation’s history back to my students in Ravenna. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this great
honor without the support of my district, coworkers, administrators and Superintendent Dennis
Honkala. I’m excited for the opportunity to invest what I learn back into my students.”
Wunderle has taught social studies at Ravenna High School for 6 years following 6 years
of teaching at Brown Middle School. He received his bachelor’s degree from Hiram
College in Integrated Social Studies and a master’s degree in Instructional Technology
from the University of Akron. In addition to having a passion for teaching, he also coaches
Ravenna High School’s boys soccer team.
“The entire Ravenna School District is proud of Mr. Wunderle and the excellent example he sets
for students,” Superintendent Dennis Honkala said. “I hope students notice the value Mr.
Wunderle’s studies add to their education and translate this same love of learning into their own
About the Ravenna School District
The Ravenna School District serves 2,150 students across six school buildings in Ravenna,
Ohio and is one of the largest school districts in Portage County. Situated in the county seat,
Ravenna is convenient to numerous government and community agencies that serve our
families. The Ravenna School District has a district wide commitment to enhancing student
learning within a positive environment, with a dual focus on academic achievement and
behavioral growth for all students. For more information contact us at (330) 296-9679.