Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament

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The Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament is one of the traditional tournaments held each season on the TV quiz show Jeopardy! Contestants in this tournament are full-time teachers of students in grades kindergarten through twelve. A total of 15 players compete, plus one alternate who is invited as a standby. The tournament is similar in format to the Tournament of Champions, Teen Tournament, and College Championship; with the winner receiving $100,000 and a berth in the Tournament of Champions. The first runner-up collects $50,000 and the second runner-up wins $25,000 (or their combined scores from the two-game final, whichever are higher). Semifinalists who are eliminated collect $10,000 while those eliminated in the quarterfinals pocket $5,000.

The only Teachers Tournament winner to win the Tournament of Champions is November 2012 winner Colby Burnett, who won the 2013 Tournament of Champions. He was later invited to 2014's Battle of the Decades, where he advanced to the semifinals, and was also invited to the Jeopardy! All-Star Games in 2019 (where he competed as Captain of his team of three players) along with 2015 winner Jennifer Giles (who competed as a member of team Buzzy Cohen). 2013 winner John Pearson was the alternate of the All-Star Games appearing in the audience on Facebook live. 2016 winner Jason Sterlacci is the only other Teachers champion to advance out of the quarterfinals of the Tournament of Champions, advancing to the semifinals in the 2017 event. One Teachers Tournament winner, 2018's Larry Martin, died before reaching the Tournament of Champions.[1]

List of participants[edit]

Finalists Semifinalists Quarterfinalists
Season 27 (May 2–13, 2011)
Winner: Charles Temple (The Ocracoke School)
1st runner-up: Lori Kissell (Liberty High School)
2nd runner-up: Larry DeMoss (Edgewood High School)
Kathy Casavant (Oxford High School)
Dan Crosby (Maimonides Academy)
Matt Polazzo (Stuyvesant High School)
Elisabeth Raab (Microsoft's School of the Future)
John Shoe (Logan School for Creative Learning)
Charley Tinkham (Burlingame School District)
Grafton Brown (Corliss High School)
Catherine Carson (St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School)
Judd Hess (Godinez Fundamental High School)
Caitlin Millat (Achievement First)
Viki Radden (South High School)
Sally Umbach (Newport Independent Schools)
Season 28 (February 15–28, 2012)
Winner: Patrick Quinn (Ritenour High School)
1st runner-up: Brooks Humphreys (Mercy High School)
2nd runner-up: 1Justin Hofstetter (Alta Vista Charter Middle School)
Leslie Decker (Taylor High School)
Lisa Johnston (Sacred Heart School)
Nate Rice (Boyd County High School)
Mary Ann Stanley (Metter High School)
Kathryn Wendling (Burnsville High School)
1Catherine Whitten (Jasper High School)
John Botti (Landon School)
Brad Brown (Hillsboro High School)
Jessica Dell'Era (Meadow Homes Elementary School)
Steven Evenhouse (Summit Hill Junior High School)
Elissa Hoffman (Appleton East High School)
Pian Wong (High School of American Studies)
Season 29 (November 7–20, 2012)
Winner: Colby Burnett (Fenwick High School)
1st runner-up: Michael Farabaugh (Monticello High School)
2nd runner-up: Kate Wilson (Loveless Academic Magnet Program)
Whitney Collins (Browning School)
Marcia Edmundson (Prince George High School)
John Hines (Todd Beamer High School)
Drew Joanides (Miami Sunset Senior High School)
Brenton Montie (Centennial Middle School)
Marion Penning (Roland Park Country School)
Tina Baybay-Bykov (William R. Boone High School)
Robin Cheney (Rancho Viejo Montessori School)
Francesca Leibowitz (Poly Prep Country Day School)
Diana North (Richmond Drive Elementary School)
Chris Pae (Berkmar High School)
Terry Parker (Westminster Christian School)
Season 30 (November 11–22, 2013)
Winner: John Pearson (Austin Elementary School)
1st runner-up: Mary Beth Hammerstrom (Dimond High School)
2nd runner-up: Becky Giardina (Burke County Middle School)
Eli Barrieau (Leominster High School)
Anne Baxter (Foreign Language Immersion and Cultural Studies School)
Patrick Dillon (Munsey Park Elementary School)
1Maryanne Lewell (Saint John High School)
Katie Moriarty (Wyoming Middle School)
Timothy Shuker-Haines (Buxton School)
Cathy Bloedorn (Howard High School)
James Brown (Valle Verde Early College High School)
Karen Cafaro (Scotland High School)
Kati Sorenson (Elkhorn Middle School)
1Michael Townes (West Greenville Middle School Alternative Program)
Rico Vazquez (Sandburg Middle School)
Season 31 (February 2–13, 2015)
Winner: Jennifer Giles (Columbine Elementary School)
1st runner-up: Cathy Farrell (Huron High School)
2nd runner-up: Adam Elkana-Hale (Loyola Academy of St. Louis)
Mary Bayer (Elgin Academy)
Lydia Cuffman (Sequoia High School)
Eric Hack (Broadwater Academy)
Kate La Rivière-Ganger (Monkton Central School)
Erin McLaughlin (Bay Ridge Preparatory School)
Colin O'Grady (West Potomac High School)
Tracy Alexander (Walden Grove High School)
Chris Grinvalds (Bennington High School)
Martha Jackson (Fremont-Mills High School)
Michael Jones (Black Hawk Middle School)
MaryLou McKenna (Barnstable High School)
Jay Singleton (Wilson Memorial High School)
Season 32 (May 2–13, 2016) with its second week at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., presented by Farmers Insurance
Winner: Jason Sterlacci (Burnet Middle School)
1st runner-up: Kaberi Chakrabarty (Sator Sanchez Elementary School)
2nd runner-up: Jill Gilbert (Central Academy Magnet School)
Peter Buchholz (Chaska Middle School West)
Lauren Gilmore (Lake Wales High School)
Cory Harris (Williams School)
Bill Knuth (Secondary Learning Center)
Chris Tempro (Building 21)
Nicole Throckmorton (Warhill High School)
Greg Greenzweig (Pennsville Memorial High School)
Hannah Krug (Holton-Arms School)
Dianne Lee (St. Andrew's School)
Ian Miller (Charter High School of the Arts)
Tenaya Snider (Canyon del Oro High School)
Terrie Trebilcock (Hereford High School)
Season 33 (May 8–19, 2017) presented by Farmers Insurance
Winner: David Clemmons (Keller High School)
1st runner-up: Nan Cohen (Viewpoint School)
2nd runner-up: 2Mary Parker (Rogers Heritage High School)
Gail Ansheles (El Dorado Community School)
Michael Camp (Homewood-Flossmoor High School)
Holly Cannon (Klein High School)
Sara Holub (Preble High School)
Susannah Nichols (Roeper School)
Eduardo Sevilla (Middleburg Academy)
George Deane (Colchester High School)
Lindsey Henry (Dean-Highland Elementary School)
Dennis McDonald (Talbott Springs Elementary School)
Stephanie Mitchell (Effingham Junior High School)
Graham Toben (Castilleja School)
2Cody Vest (Rogers Heritage High School)
Season 34 (May 7–18, 2018) presented by Farmers Insurance
Winner: Larry Martin (Belinder Elementary School)
1st runner-up: Claire Bishop (Tates Creek High School)
2nd runner-up: Steve Mond (Real Salt Lake Academy)
Jake Allen (Huntsville Intermediate School)
Erika Eason (Maret School)
Scott Montanaro (Woodrow Wilson High School)
Rachel Niegelberg (Watkins Glen Elementary School)
Katherine Saxby (Orinda Academy)
Judy Tymkiw (Lakeside Middle School)
Beth Binder (Ridgeview Classical Schools)
Lee DiGeorge (P.S./I.S. 087 Middle School)
Indi Ekanayake (Rainier Prep)
Bob Julian (Ashland Middle School)
Mary Alice Korth (Dowagic Union High & Middle School)
Ranjani Sheshadri (Manvel High School)
Season 35 (May 6–17, 2019) presented by Amazon Alexa
Winner: Francois Barcomb (Hendrick Hudson High School)
1st runner-up: Conor Quinn (Troy Prep High School)
2nd runner-up: Sara DelVillano (Holy Trinity Episcopal Day School)
Matthew Bunch (AcadeMir Charter Middle School)
Trevor Crowell (Palo Alto High School)
Joe Rengstorf (Ridgetop Middle School)
Julia Rosinski Bailey (Round Rock High School)
Dave Rowswell (Cheyenne East High School)
Benjamin Schwartz (King School)
Tara Baxter (Star Academic High School)
Alexandra Bicks (CATS Academy Boston)
Vicki Leibeck-Owsley (Adair County High School)
Mariah Minges Klusman (Wissahickon High School)
Melissa Okey (Rancho Avenue Elementary School)
Ellie Walsh (Pope John Paul II High School)

^1 Catherine Whitten and Justin Hoffstetter in February 2012 are the first pair of contestants to marry each other. Their marriage took place in January 24, 2015. Maryanne Lewell and Michael Townes in 2013 are the second pair of contestants to marry each other. Their marriage took place in Canada in August 2017.

^2 Mary Parker and Cody Vest are the first two teachers contestants that teach in the same school.


  1. ^ Senter, Jay (January 25, 2019). Larry Martin, a fixture at Belinder Elementary for nearly 3 decades, passes away. Shawnee Mission Post. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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