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Olathe educator to be on sideline of Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jan 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-27 19:39:20-05

OLATHE, Kan. — By day, Josh Umphrey is an assistant principal at Olathe West High School.

"One of my career goals was to work with kids and have opportunities to help shape their lives," Umphrey said.

His job includes making sure students at the high school are getting the best education. But Umphrey has a little secret: a second job.

"My dad has owned his photography company for a number of years. He has given me the opportunity to work with him since I was in high school myself," Umphrey said.

He shoots different sporting events and teams around the nation. The assistant principal has been featured in ESPN Magazine and Sports Illustrated.

But there is one sideline he likes to be on more than any other.

"I love shooting Patrick Mahomes. He is kind of all over the place and he comes out of the pocket, which makes things easier to shoot," Umphrey said.

Now, a dream of his is coming true. He is headed to Miami to shoot Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV.

"I have always wanted to shoot the Super Bowl," Umphrey told 41 Action News. "The Super Bowl is obviously very iconic, and being given this opportunity, I feel truly blessed in that regard."

The educator said there is one photo he hopes to get while at the big game.

"This may sound a little cliche, but it might be the selfie of myself at the game to kind of memorialize that a little bit," he said.

While he is getting a front row seat to the biggest game in the world, Umphrey ultimately hopes it shows his students that any dream is possible if you put your mind to it.

"Let them know that you can be creative, have opportunities that happen outside of school," Umphrey said.