NCCAT fellow, a self-proclaimed “show-off and know-it-all,” to appear on “Jeopardy!”
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And the answer is: This North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching fellow will compete on the TV game show “Jeopardy!”
Who is Dr. Deb Teitelbaum of Sylva, North Carolina?
That is correct.
CULLOWHEE (September 10, 2012)—The former public school teacher will appear as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” during the program’s broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 24) on WLOS-TV.
After her audition last spring, when she learned that she had earned a spot on the show, Teitelbaum said, "If you'll excuse me, I have to go study geography now." She took personal leave from her faculty position at NCCAT to travel to California in July to compete on the game show.
Teitelbaum doesn’t remember exactly when she started watching “Jeopardy!” She did say that she’s been a fan of the show for so long that when she watches other game shows she answers their questions in the form of a question.
Does she have any advice for would-be contestants? “It’s all about the buzzer,” Teitelbaum said. “Everybody on the show is knowledgeable. Whoever gets a jump on the buzzer has the advantage. To win one game is difficult; to do what Ken Jennings did and win 74 consecutive games is remarkable.”
When asked about what motivated her to audition, Teitelbaum said with a grin, “I am a show-off and a know-it-all; that’s what drove me to be on ‘Jeopardy!’ ”
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