ECU Professor will get to test her knowledge on popular game show

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Sarah Vach is an East Carolina University assistant professor of special education. But she recently traded her classroom for the Wheel of Fortune set.

“My mom still watches it every night, and a commercial came on that said if you wanna be a contestant to go ahead and fill out the application, and I thought, why not,” said Vach.

One day in January, she hopped on a plane to head to L.A. for about 24 hours.

“It didn’t really feel like it was actually happening. It was very quick. It was a really quick turnaround,” said Vach.

Her students back in Eastern Carolina said they were so excited to find out she was going to be on the game show.

“I remember coming in the first day of class, and she was like, oh yeah, and then I’m also going to be on Wheel of Fortune, and we were like, what?!” said ECU Junior Lexi Lozner.

Vach said it still doesnt feel real, being on Pat Sajak’s last season.

“So it’s going to be really exciting to kind of see everything and meet Pat Sajak. I mean, hello; he’s an icon,” said Vach.

While she didn’t give much of a sneak peek into her episode and how she did, she said strategy is key.

“Even though you study and you practice and you practice, it all goes out the window the minute you get on that stage. Those lights turn on, and the audience starts clapping,” said Vach.

Her students will also have to tune in to see the outcome, but they have plenty of faith in her.

“I think she did amazing. She’s a math guru. She teaches us all these amazing little ricks to give our students, so I think if she did any of that, she did amazing,” said ECU Junior Kendall Sharp, another one of Vach’s students.

In fact, her students are planning to have a watch party for her episode.

Vach also said she wanted this experience to teach her students to take chances in life because you never know what can happen.

You can watch her on this Friday’s episode that will air on WITN at 7 pm.