Who Are Some Teachers Who Have Won "Jeopardy!"?


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As of July 2015, Colby Burnett and Paula Ogren are the only teachers known to have won “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.” Charles Temple (2011), Patrick Quinn (2012), Colby Burnett (2013), John Pearson (2014) and Jennifer Giles (2015) are teachers who have won “Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament,” which is solely for teachers.

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As of 2015, Colby Burnett is the only contestant to have won both “Tournament of Champions” and “Teachers Tournament.” He is from Oak Park, Illinois, and is a teacher at Fenwick High School. He won the “Teachers Tournament” in 2012 and “Tournament of Champions” in 2013.

Paula Ogren won the “Tournament of Champions” in 1973. Paula graduated from the University of Southern California's library school and later earned a master's degree in history. She first taught in South Central LA for three years. She later moved to Immaculate Heart High School in Hollywood. She died on August 8, 2010, at the age of 92.

“Jeopardy,” created by Merv Griffin, is an American television game show. The show first aired on NBC on March 30, 1964. The format of the show is based on the lines of a quiz competition. Contestants are given general knowledge clues as answers and must respond with corresponding questions.

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