A high school chemistry and physical science teacher from Statesboro, Georgia...

Mary Ann Stanley

Students: [Cheer and applaud with large signs reading "Good Luck Dr. Stanley! ♥, MHS" and "Good Luck Dr. Stanley ♥-4th block physics!"]

My name is Mary Ann Stanley, and I teach at Metter High School, and I teach chemistry and physical science.

What made you choose teaching as a career?
I wanted to transmit my love of science to the next generation, and I wanted to give them an opportunity to solve some of the problems that we still have in science, and especially in environmental issues that, uh, have not yet been solved.

What's the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher?
The most rewarding aspect of being a teacher is seeing your students succeed. Seeing them come back years later with their children and talk about, um, the jobs that they've had, the discoveries that they've made, the, uh, professions that they've gone into, and seeing that your work with them has paid off for them.

How did your students react when they found out you made it on Jeopardy!?
They were extremely excited. They immediately wanted to know if I would bring them back some money, if we could go out to eat, if we could go to parties, if, uh, they could practice Jeopardy! They were extremely elated.

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How does it feel to advance to the semifinals?
I am thrilled to be advancing to the semifinals, and I feel lucky to have had such wonderful opponents. I, um, feel very lucky to have advanced. They're--they were just dynamite competitors.

How did you prepare for the Teachers Tournament?
I looked at, uh, many, many trivia books, and I had my students call out questions to me. Whenever they saw me in the hall, they had to call out a question. They made me answer in the form of a question. So they prepped me for Jeopardy!

Any messages for your students?
I would like to tell my students that, uh, thank you. Your, uh, prepping me for Jeopardy! by making me answer in the form of a question and asking me questions in the hall worked. Thank you very much, kids.

"She's been teaching for 22 years and is now teaching the children of former students. From Statesboro, Georgia, say 'hi' to..."

2012-A Teachers Tournament semifinalist: $10,000.

Mary Ann teaches at Metter High School in Metter, Georgia.

Mary Ann appeared in the following 2 archived games:
#6320, aired 2012-02-24 Mary Ann Stanley vs. Catherine Whitten vs. Patrick Quinn 2012-A Teachers Tournament semifinal game 3.
#6316, aired 2012-02-20 Brad Brown vs. Mary Ann Stanley vs. Kathryn Wendling 2012-A Teachers Tournament quarterfinal game 4.

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