Coached by her students, New York City teacher plays the classic game show
WHEN HIGH SCHOOLTEACHER Pian Wong told her students she'd qualified to be a contestant on die TV game show, 'Jeopardy!,' tiiey jumped right in to help her study. And when she came home from California in February after playing one round, she says, "The kids were so nice, they were so proud to see me. They're still talking about it."
Wong has been a fan of the show since age 6, but never considered trying to become a contestant until one of her students prompted her by pointing out that Wong is always "spouting facts from other subject areas." So she applied and won a spot on the popular game show.
It's a testament to Wong's good teaching that her kids could help her prepare. A member of the United Federation of Teachers in New York City, Wong teaches English at the High School of American Studies in the Bronx. Several times, she let her students stray from the class subject for mock "Jeopardy!" sessions, when tiiey would grill her with history questions. The school and its students specialize in history and the subject, she admits, is one of her weakest.
Despite losing in the end, Wong enjoyed die "Jeopardy!" experience. Among the highlights: meeting the other contestants in the teachers-only tournament. "There was a lot of shop …