Market Square in Wittenberg, Germany. The white building on the left is the city hall and the Stadtkirche is the church in the background. This is the town where Martin Luther lived and preached.
Hallo! Ich heiβe Scott Bumbaugh.
Current teaching assignments: I am currently teaching German 1, German 2, and Pre-AP German 1 Pre-AP German 2, Pre-AP German 3 and AP German 4 and 5 at Huntsville High School.
Self-introduction: I have been teaching in the district for twenty-four years, and have loved every year of it. Being a teacher really is the best job in the world!
I was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and am very proud of my roots. However, since my father was in the U.S. military, I had the opportunity to live in different parts of the United States (Maryland, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah) and the world. I lived five years in Germany (1967-1969, 1970-1973), which is where I first learned the language. The first two years, we lived in a small German village (Waldstetten) and were the only Americans in the village. My sister and I were thus immersed in the language and culture. The second time, we lived in the town of Herzogenaurach (not far from Nürnberg). After returning to the States, I graduated high school from Eisenhower High School in Lawton, Oklahoma in 1977. My freshman year in college was spent at Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, following which I served a two year church mission in Kobe, Japan. Following my mission, I came to Texas, where I finished my B.A. in German here at Sam Houston State University. I then continued my graduate studies here at SHSU, and received a Master's Degree in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations. I consider myself very blessed to have lived in so many different parts of the country and the world, and hope that my experiences can help me be a better teacher.
I have had the opportunity to return to Germany many times. I take students and adults to Germany every other year during spring break. I also look for opportunities to attend programs in Germany to improve my understanding of the language and culture. I participated in a five-week Rotary exchange program in 1997, and a three-week continuing education course for teachers of German at the Leucorea in Wittenberg, Germany in June/July 2008. I participated with the Atlantik-Brücke Program in June 2014, and had the opportunity to spend a week in Frankfurt, Cologne, Bonn and Berlin with twelve other teachers as we gained a deeper appreciation of the German economy, education, and politics. This past summer I spent 24 days chaperoning 13 American high school students as they participated in a home-stay program in the city of Nürnberg. It was an awesome experience, and I had a great time (the students did, too).
I have been married for thirty-three wonderful years; my wife, Loretha, is from Cleveland, Texas. We have two wonderful sons. My oldest son, Zachary, is a graduate of Huntsville High School. He graduated from SHSU with a double major in finance and accounting, and graduated with his Master's degree from A&M University in College Station. He is now working in Houston. My second son, Nicholas, is also a graduate of HHS, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.S. in electrical engineering. He is currently working in Salt Lake City. I feel they were well prepared for their university studies by their teachers at HHS, and am grateful they attended school here.
This year my wife and I were blessed with the arrival of two grandsons, so I am now an ,,Opa" (grandpa). Oliver just turned six months old and Rhett is four months.
I love teaching German, and I have been fortunate to have wonderful students. I really do believe that there is no better job on earth than that of teacher. I try to make my classes fun, inviting, and a place where learning can easily take place. I also try to set high standards for my students, believing that if I provide a rigorous course of instruction, my students will achieve.
Contacting parents and students: In the past I have tried to send a daily e-mail to parents regarding homework assignments, up-coming quizzes and tests, as well as project rubrics. I will continue to do so. I also use Remind to send out a daily text reminder to the students about homework and up-coming quizzes and tests. You may sign up for a daily text message reminder. You will need to do this on your own. Here are the numbers for your convenience:
German 1: Enter 81010 and text @german1
German 2: Enter 81010 and text @german2
Pre-AP German 2: Enter 81010 and text @mrbumba
Pre-AP German 3: Enter 81010 and text @preapger
AP German 4/5: Enter 81010 and text @apgerman45
Conference Time: My conference period this year is 8th period, which is from 3:00-3:40.
Tutoring: I am generally available for tutoring and make-up work Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings before school; and after school on Mondays-Thursdays. I am also available during A-advocate period for tutoring and make-up work. I will do my best to accommodate any student. Students should let me know when they want to meet with me.
Room number: My classroom is located in room #2007.
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
School phone: 936-435-6100 extension 2007 (You will need to call the main number, and then ask for my extension. Our current phone system does not allow you to call the teachers' rooms directly.)
Social Media: I am an old-fashioned kind of teacher, and do not use social media to communicate. Please feel free to e-mail or call me about any concerns or questions which you might have.
Individual class pages: I will also create individual pages for each subject. There you will be able to find the homework assignments, quiz dates, test dates, and project rubrics and due dates.
If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.