From Superman to Jeopardy - DCPS Chief Makes an Impact in National Spotlight 

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“Who is Jason Kamras.” Any grammarian would tell you the previous sentence should end in a question mark. Unless, of course, it’s an answer in the form of a question on “Jeopardy!”

On episode 6068 of “Jeopardy!” – which aired Jan. 19 – Kamras wasn’t the answer, but the hint for an $800 clue during the “Jeopardy!” round. Kamras was referenced under the category “Everyday Heroes”: “2005 natl. teacher of the year Jason Kamras did the math at a D.C. middle school named for this ‘March King.’”

If you slapped your buzzer and answered, “Who is John Philip Sousa,” you got it right!

An “everyday hero” in his own right at DCPS, Kamras serves as chief of the Office of Human Capital and was featured in the documentary “Waiting for Superman.” The 2005 National Teacher of the Year, Kamras is a shining example of the impact excellent teachers can have in and out of the classroom.

At DCPS, we believe strongly in celebrating and rewarding highly effective teachers – and have done so through high-profile events, such as “A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers,” and a compensation structure that will make DCPS teachers some of the highest paid in the country.

In a nation where role models tend to hail from popular culture and professional athletics, it’s rewarding and refreshing to see one of education’s “everyday heroes” rise to the level of celebrity.

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