Student teacher Jonathan Carlson on ‘Price is Right’ on CBS TuesdayPublished 10:16am Monday, December 14, 2009
By JOHN EBY
Dowagiac Daily News
Hartford student teacher Jonathan Carlson, who graduated from Decatur High School in 2003, appears Tuesday on the CBS game show “The Price is Right.”
He expected the episode to air Nov. 10 and had everyone watching.
Tune in Tuesday at 11 a.m. on WWMT (Channel 3) or WSBT (Channel 12)
While he can’t get into specifics of how he did on the longest-running game show in television history, Carlson said Thursday evening that he taped the show in August during a break at Camp Marston, the YMCA camp in Julian, Calif., near San Diego, where he worked the past two summers.
Carlson is the son of John Carlson, Top Hat Chimney Service; Audrey Carlson, who works in nursing at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital; and the nephew of Tom Carlson of Hannapel Home Center.
At Red Arrow Elementary School, where he’s student teaching a first grade class, he works every day with Miss Dowagiac 1973, Donna (Paulsen) Johnson.
He said Kelsey Parmley is also teaching in Hartford.
During a day off from the June-August camp, he and an international delegation journeyed to Los Angeles and stayed in a hotel across the street from the studio.
An associate at the camp had been on the game show a couple of years ago and recommended it as a “great experience.”
They stood in line for eight hours, starting at 4 a.m., to score tickets, then “hung out.”
Taping a half-hour show takes longer than an hour, so host Drew Carey cracks jokes to pass the time.
The comedian asked Carlson where he was from and revealed that “I was a camp counselor when I was your age.”
Not only did Carlson hear the cry “Come on Down” – well, actually the 350 to 400 people in the studio audience create such a din that the “showgirls” hold up placards printed with their names – but he was the second of four initial contestants called to the stage after a female. Eventually, nine played.
“Dude, that’s your name,” pointed out the counselor from South Africa. His companions also hailed from Australia, England and San Diego.
“The minute you stand up, the camera’s on you,” Carlson said. “I ran down all excited. I was pretty crazy,” though he’s not sure how he was selected initially.
Unlike those who don ridiculous costumes, he did nothing to stand out from the crowd in a 30-second interview.
“It was a good experience,” he said. “If anyone is ever in the area, try to do it.”
Carlson, who thought camp counseling would look good on his resume to become an elementary school teacher, has an aunt and uncle who live nearby in Escondido.
The camp in the mountains mixes rock climbing, canoeing and horseback riding.
Last summer he was able to work more with younger children ages 6-10 than his first year.
Dec. 19 Carlson graduates from Western Michigan University with his elementary education degree.
Men teaching elementary grades are still rare enough that he was often the only male in his classes.
As a “cadet teacher” in high school, he worked half days with kindergartners and loved it.