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This Week’s Brumbaugh Challenge: What to do After Retirement?

Nathan Carty
Mr. Brumbaugh reflects on 31 years of teaching excellence, sitting at the desk where countless lessons were crafted.

Sam Brumbaugh has recently announced his retirement after dedicating 31 years of his life to teaching at North Penn. Throughout his career, Brumbaugh has significantly impacted the school community, leaving a lasting impression on both students and faculty.

Reflecting on his career, Brumbaugh expressed his joy in getting to know his students and witnessing their successes over the years. He believes in the idea that investing in others can lead to rewarding outcomes.

“I am so excited to have known my students for a period of their lives and I do try to get to know them. I am always gratified when I hear about their successes. I truly believe that it comes back to you,” Brumbaugh said.

Brumbaugh’s path to teaching began with diverse experiences. As a young adult, he lived in various places, including across the street from Supreme Court Justice Byron W. White in Virginia. During high school, he started a house painting business with some friends, showcasing his early cooperative skills.

His academic journey took him to Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he studied political science, history, and economics. He later considered exploring the field of education at Temple University, where positive feedback from a public speaking professor sparked his interest in teaching.

Before transitioning to teaching, Brumbaugh gained many valuable experiences working in the district attorney’s office, the corporate world, and government roles. His teaching career began at North Penn’s summer school, where he discovered his passion for education and eventually secured a full-time teaching position.

A notable aspect of Brumbaugh’s legacy is the board in his classroom adorned with memories shared by past students. Photographs and artwork cover the board, serving as a testament to the connections he has formed over the years.

In his classroom, Brumbaugh fosters a collaborative learning environment, emphasizing the importance of teamwork and active participation. He enjoys engaging students through trivia sessions and encourages them to share their ideas and perspectives.

The stories he tells shine a light on his life and give insight into the world,”

— Nick Bezpalko

“He’s definitely a great teacher, the advice he gives and the stories he tells shine a light on his life and give insight into the world,” North Penn Senior Nick Bezpalko remarked. “He’s a great person, he really looks out for his students and he has a big heart. He’s very friendly.”

His retirement marks the end of an era at North Penn, but his impact will continue to resonate with those whose lives he has touched. Students and colleagues fondly remember Brumbaugh for his dedication, passion for teaching, and ability to make learning engaging and enjoyable.

“For the last 15 years, I’ve been in D12 and he’s been in D11, so we’ve been ‘neighbors’ for that time,” fellow social studies teacher and close friend, Mr. Brian Haley, shared. 

As he approaches retirement, Brumbaugh looks forward to having more time for himself. Brumbaugh hopes to spend quality time with his family and pursue leisure activities like fishing and relaxation.

“I really am excited for my retirement and to go on new adventures. There are a lot of things I’ve been meaning to do but I haven’t had the time,” Brumbaugh stated.

As Brumbaugh bids farewell to his teaching career, he leaves behind a legacy of excellence and inspiration. His words of wisdom and genuine care for his students will be remembered for years to come, shaping the future of education at North Penn and beyond.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ‘neighbor.’ If I ever needed anything he was always there to help and vice versa, so we became friends while also being colleagues,” Haley stated.

In his retirement, Brumbaugh plans to reflect on his journey as an educator and cherish the memories and relationships he has built along the way. He hopes that his students will fondly recall their time in his class and continue to pursue their passions with enthusiasm and determination.

“I’m happy for Mr. Brumbaugh because he’s been teaching and working for so long that it’s good that he can finally take a break,” Bezpalko stated.

“I will miss him and the district is going to miss him. He’s been a big part of this district and has done some really important things over the years,” Haley shared. “The kids are going to miss him, and the next generation of students will not have him to help them. It’s a big loss, but it’s still something he’s earned, and I’m happy that he’s going to go off and hang out at Lake Nockamixon more often”. 

The school community joins together in celebrating Brumbaugh’s contributions and wishes him a fulfilling retirement filled with happiness and new beginnings. His impact on countless lives is a testament to the profound influence educators can have on shaping the minds and hearts of future generations.

“I hope that when someone mentions my name in the future, one of my students will respond with a smile, saying ‘I had Mr. Brumbaugh, and I liked his class and I liked getting to know him,’” Brumbaugh reflected. 

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