A third grade special education teacher from Cincinnati, Ohio...

Sally Umbach

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My name is Sally Umbach, I teach in Newport, Kentucky, and I'm the third grade special ed support person.

What made you choose teaching as a career?
Um, I worked with, um, special needs students, and--or, special needs children in a summer recreation program. They were just part of my growing up experience, they were in my park every summer, and it just seemed natural to want to keep working with kids.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I enjoy that "Aha!" moment when somebody "gets it", uh, just--and--and it always changes, because the kids are always a little bit different, and just--I enjoy the--the staff, because it's always changing, too, and--and new--new kids coming in with new ideas.

What was your reaction when you found out you made it on Jeopardy!?
I screamed!--[laughs]--once I hung up the phone with Corrina. [Laughs]

Any plans for your winnings?
Some--a lot of it will go into my retirement fund, and then the rest will go into my travel fund.

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"She teaches at a school district that has been in operation at the same site since 1790. From Cincinnati, Ohio, say hi to..."

2011 Teachers Tournament quarterfinalist: $5,000.

Sally teaches at Newport Independent Schools in Newport, Kentucky.

Sally appeared in the following archived game:
#6144, aired 2011-05-05 Grafton Brown vs. Charles Temple vs. Sally Umbach 2011 Teachers Tournament quarterfinal game 4.

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