Students: [Jumping and chanting] Miss Johnston! Miss Johnston! Miss Johnston! Miss Johnston! Miss Johnston! Miss Johnston!
My name is Lisa Johnston, and I'm from Boston, Massachusetts. I teach at Sacred Heart School in Roslindale, and I teach fourth and fifth grade, which is a great age to teach.
What made you choose teaching as a career?
I was in accounting for a long time, and I decided I had to go back to school and finish a degree and get a change of careers. And I looked at all the things I loved. I liked being creative, I liked teaching people what to do, and how to be better at what they did themselves, and so I thought I would be a good teacher, and went back to school and got a degree in teaching, and, uh, I haven't regretted it at all. I love it.
How did your students react when they found out you made it on Jeopardy!?
My students were so excited about my being on Jeopardy! and when we told them that they were going to fil--film a shout-out, they were even more excited, because they thought they were coming out to California with me. [Laughs] Unfortunately, even though they can't be here, they're, um, really behind me, and they've been very supportive and they're very excited to see the show.
What do you hope your students learn from watching you on Jeopardy!?
One of the things that we teach at our school is to dream big, and I hope that my students learn from my being on Jeopardy! that you can achieve what you set out to do, and that when you show determination, um, you can get what you want and make your dreams come true.
Tune in! You might learn a thing or two!
"She teaches at a parish that's focus is to dream big. From East Boston, Massachusetts, say hello to..."
2012-A Teachers Tournament wildcard semifinalist: $10,000.
Lisa teaches at Sacred Heart School in Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts.