Eye color, height and athletic ability are among the physical traits often passed from generation to generation in a family.
For University of Houston-Victoria senior Kayla Lindemann, the trait passed on was the desire to teach others.
“It kind of runs in the family,” said the biology major, who also is working toward a secondary degree in education. “My mom is a second-grade teacher, and my brother teaches middle school.
I’ve known since high school that’s what I wanted to do.”
Lindemann’s goal is to eventually teach high school science, combining a subject and age group that interest her.
“Sometimes I’ll help my mom out with her kids, and it’s just so much,” she said with a laugh. “I don’t think I could do it.”
Teaching isn’t all she is interested in, however.
A lifelong athlete, Lindemann also hopes to coach - most likely softball, although she has plenty of experience in a number of sports.
“I went to a small high school, so I really played everything,” she said. “I just want to be out there, helping other students and doing something I love.”
Lindemann was born and raised in Thorndale, just outside of Austin. She graduated from Thorndale High School in 2008 and spent a couple of years in community college before transferring to UHV.
Away from the classroom, Lindemann enjoys spending time outside, running and fishing. As center fielder for the Jaguars softball team, she spends much of her time at practices and games with the team.
Last season, Lindemann hit .268 with 17 runs scored and 12 RBIs. She was named a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athlete.
It might make for a busy schedule, but Lindemann enjoys being busy.
“I don’t like being bored,” she said, explaining she could never stay put at a desk job. “I like staying active and talking with people. It’s how I’ve always been.”
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