TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Eric Childs has been teaching German at Topeka West High School for eight years.
Since he got used to virtual learning, keeping his students busy has been a challenge.
“Not being with the kids in person and not being able to rely so much on your personality to build those relationships,” said Childs.
As an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs excited about Sunday’s Super Bowl game, he had an idea.
“My kids kept saying, ‘Dad, you look like him, you look a lot like him,'” Childs said of his resemblance to head coach Andy Reid. “My son-in-law kept saying, ‘Yes, even the way you talk with your hands. ‘Then I had to think. I didn’t see it at first. “
He decided to dress up and transform into Reid.
“I usually have a goatee, so I shaved the goatee and then it was like, ‘Yeah, I can see it,'” Reid said.
Children surprised his students, some fell completely for it and some less.
“Some kids say, ‘Well, that’s the best I’ve seen all day,” Reid said. “One guy told me my mustache wasn’t nearly bushy enough to … pull off Andy Reid.”
Regardless, Childs was able to grab his students’ attention and give them something to remember.
“It’s a little difficult Andy Reid and German, that connection is a little difficult at times, but it was the Super Bowl so it seemed like the right time to give it a try,” said Childs.
Hey, he might even find a new side appearance.
“Brother Reid, if you’re looking for a doppelganger, that’s a German word by the way, look at me, I’m your husband,” said Childs with a laugh.
Unlike Reid, Childs will be spending his Super Bowl Sunday at his home with good food and good family.