By Dupé Aleru|May 3, 2011|12:54 p.m.
As many look back on their education journey, one can remember a teacher who has made an impact on their life.
The Mar. 28-29 taping of “Jeopardy!” saluted educators and showed its appreciation for teachers by hosting its first-ever Teachers Tournament. The new competition is the first new show to be introduced on the quiz show since the debut of Kids Week in 1999.
The two-week tournament will feature 15 of the nation’s most influential and brightest K-12 teachers—the winner taking home the prize money of $100,000 and a guarantee spot in the Jeopardy Tournament of Champions, to air later this year. The second place winner will win $50,000 and third place $25,000. In addition, semifinalists will receive $10,000 and contestants eliminated in the first round will take home a prize of $5,000.
Among the many influential teachers is teacher Dan Crosby, from Maimonides Academy in Santa Monica who was one of the many select to participate in this first-time extravaganza.
“Educators play such an important role in guiding and inspiring our young people to reach their full potential,” said “Jeopardy!” Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “We thought it was time to honor teachers with their own tournament.”
The episodes began airing Monday and will continue to air through May 13.