Good Talk: Mr. Bugel

Meet the NASH astronomy teacher and football coach whose colleagues were once his teachers.


Kat Klinefelter

Mr. Bugel poses with the American Flag.

Faith Miller, Staff Writer

Where did you go to college and what was your major? 

I went to The Johns Hopkins University, and I studied psychology and pre-med.

You graduated from NA and now teach here. Is there a specific person here who inspired you to teach? 

I have always had a lot of family support, but I had teachers at NA who inspired me. I had Mr. Maddix, Mr. Lyons, Mr. Walkowiak, and Coach Buchert, who just retired. They all knew how to communicate, and they inspired me to teach. It was a little surreal to come back and have my teachers now be my co-workers.

If you could pick a planet to get rid of, what would it be?

Uranus because everyone pronounces it wrong.

What is your best advice to give?

Always bet on yourself. If you really want something and you feel passionately about it, you will succeed. We often feel like we have to please other people, but if we just bet on ourselves, we will have a better chance at success.

How do coaching football and teaching intersect?

Both are essentially about communicating with students. They are different styles of communication, but the goal is the same.

Favorite dad joke?

How do you know when someone is telling a dad joke? Because the punch line is apparent.

Do you wish you ever taught a different subject?

I liked teaching anatomy in the past.  Physical education would also be fun because I like being outside.

What is your favorite astronomy lab to do?

I like the spectrum lab, and the kids really enjoy it.

What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite is when I was in my junior year and me and my family went to Hawaii. We went to all the islands over two weeks and did just about everything. We went scuba diving. hiking, basically everything there was to do in Hawaii. What was crazy is that you have to pack for all types of weather because it can get very cold on the mountains.