As a high school history teacher, Robert Barron’s job is to ask his students tough questions and gauge their mastery of a variety of topics.
However, the tables were turned recently for the veteran educator from Lexington-Richland School District Five as he was put on the spot competing on the long-running TV quiz show Jeopardy.
“In my classes, I do a lot of questioning. I’m asking them questions and putting them on the spot and expecting them to perform. Now it was my turn to be put on the spot,” said Barron, a Dutch Fork High School history teacher. “It was great to be on the show as a teacher. That’s how they introduced me, as a teacher from Columbia, South Carolina. That was a real honor, and I was proud to represent teachers.”
The 23-year teaching veteran finished second in the competition, which aired on September 28. Jeopardy is now in its 34th season in syndication and has an estimated viewership of 23 million per week.
Knowing that his fellow teachers would be among the millions watching added pressure to perform well, Barron said.
“I felt a certain amount of pressure to do my colleagues proud and show my best side for the community and the school…I got up there and did my best, so that was the good part of it.”
“We were cheering him on, and we are so proud of him. While he didn’t bring home the grand prize, we know he saved his best performance for where it counts the most…He gives his best performance every school day right here in the classroom,” Dutch Fork High School Principal Dr. Gerald Gary said.