Longmont teacher wins Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament of Champions

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DENVER — A third grade teacher from Longmont won the Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament of Champions. Jennifer Giles claimed the $100,000 grand prize in a show that aired Friday night on FOX31 Denver.

Giles, 38, beat 14 other educators during the course of the tournament. She also qualified to compete in the next Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions.

Jennifer Giles of Longmont, Colo with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek
Jennifer Giles of Longmont, Colo. with Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek

“When I knew that I had won, I was in a state of shock for quite a while,” Giles said. “I was elated, ecstatic, and incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to compete. I am looking forward to the Tournament of Champions; the other teachers have tasked me with winning that as well!”

She is a bilingual teacher at Columbine Elementary School in Longmont.

Giles, who holds a dual B.A. in French and Linguistics from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo., and an M.A. in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education and Special Education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, credits her liberal arts education for some of her success on JEOPARDY! because “you know a little about a lot of things.” That’s according to a press release from the popular quiz show.

She plans to use some of her winnings to make home improvements, travel, and donate to a cause close to her heart.

“I will use some of my winnings to make a donation to BCAP, the Boulder County AIDS Project,” said Giles. “I’ve been a longtime supporter of the organization, since I worked at their food bank in high school. Their mission is to provide support, advocacy and education to those in our community who are infected with or affected by HIV.”

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You can see Jeopardy! on FOX31 Denver at 6:00 p.m. week nights.

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