A theater teacher from Nashville, Tennessee...

Brad Brown

Students: [Cheer and applaud, then Brad himself runs through the camera frame and gives a thumbs up, prompting the students to laugh]

Uh, my name is, uh, Bradley Brown, and I teach at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee, and I teach, uh, all levels of theater classes, including IB theater, and, uh, IB theory of knowledge.

What's the most rewarding aspect of being a teacher?
I think the--the most rewarding thing is, uh, is seeing students really be a part of their own learning and really have a--have a stake in--in--in their experience. Uh, there's a good example. We, uh, we did a play in the fall that was a collaboration, uh, both, uh, through writing a script in, uh, rehearsal and improvisation that was an adaptation of classic Roman comedies, and, uh, even though it wasn't a classroom setting, the fact that the students had, y'know, so much say in what was in the show, and--and--and in the creative process, I mean, they--they owned it, and that was really, really cool to--to--to see develop. And, uh, that's my favorite part, is that creative process that I have with the students.

Did your students help you prepare for the show?
My students did help me prepare. Um, they would throw questions at me randomly. Uh, y'know, a lot of it was pep talk. And, uh, the teachers were great as well. I would get random e-mails from some of the, uh, the history teachers, uh, y'know, on--on--y'know, all subjects, and, uh, y'know, and I guess they maybe were trying to help and also just trying to have fun and stump me a little bit, and, uh, so that was nice, just that overall support, more than anything else, was, uh, was--was really nice before coming out here.

What do you hope your students learn from watching you on Jeopardy!?
From watching Jeopardy!, I hope my students learn to, um, y'know, just embrace all kinds of knowledge. That, y'know, I--I've always said that I don't think that the knowledge on Jeopardy! is just trivia. I think that it applies to all aspects to life. I think that, uh, that kind of openness to learning new things is--is always obviously a positive thing, and, uh, so, y'know, I just--I would love to see my students become more engaged in--in--in just knowing as much as they can, even outside of school--that it doesn't have to be an assignment, uh, that it can just be they do it for fun.

Tune in! You might learn a thing or two!

"And he is a theater teacher at an international baccalaureate certified high school. From Nashville, Tennessee, welcome to the stage..."

2012-A Teachers Tournament quarterfinalist: $5,000.

Brad teaches at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brad appeared in the following archived game:
#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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