FALMOUTH — Richard Meserve, a special education teacher at The REAL School, has been awarded a $24,000 fellowship from the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in Washington, D.C.

The fellowship will help Meserve pursue a master’s degree in a social studies program that includes a concentration in the history and principles of the U.S. Constitution.

The fellowship honors the fourth U.S. president, who is the acknowledged “father of the Constitution” and author of the Bill of Rights, according to a news release from the fellowship foundation.

Last year, Meserve, who lives and teaches in Falmouth, received a $25,000 Milken Educator Award.

Called the “Kid Whisperer” by his peers, Meserve was recognized for his teaching expertise and his unwavering love for students at The REAL school, an alternative program that’s part of the Windham School District.