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Staff Spotlight: Kayla Prosser

Kayla hails from Columbus, WI where she and her younger brother were proud Columbus Cardinals. Kayla played basketball and soccer in high school. Kayla continued playing soccer at Marian College in Fond du Lac, WI. She majored in Exercise & Sports Science receiving a Bachelor’s degree in 2016.

 

In addition to teaching Swim 101, Kayla teaches Intro to Masters Swim (a natural transition class between Swim 101 and Masters Swim) as well as the Tues/Thurs evening Masters Swim class here. Kayla has a great affection for this class and its dedicated participants. Although these participants represent a variety of swimming abilities and experience, they share a common positive attitude toward striving to improve and having fun.

 

UW Health Fitness Center Instructor Kayla ProsserKayla started here as a lifeguard and continues to do 3-4 guarding shifts a week. It is a true asset to the Aquatic Center to have instructors who are also certified lifeguards.

 

Professionally, Kayla aspires to go to graduate school to study Occupational Therapy. As an undergraduate she was bitten by the “OT bug” during an enlightening student practicum experience focusing on workplace rehabilitation.

 

It is possible that Kayla may start this process as early as January 2019. When this happens the field of Occupational Therapy will add a gifted instructor and leader to its ranks.

 

A Q&A with Kayla

 

Why Did You Choose This Profession?


I have been a lifeguard since I was 16, so this job offered me the opportunity the continue that as well as to begin to work in field related to my degree. Also, it is fun to watch the therapists interact with patients to get a feel of what my future will look like.

 

What Do You Like About Working Here?

 

THE PEOPLE!!! I have gotten to know some of the best people and their stories over the past two years in both my classes and in lifeguarding. They are what keep me wanting to come into work every day and truly make it enjoyable while I’m here.

 

Hometown: Columbus, WI.

 

Current Residence: Columbus, WI.

 

Birthday: April 29.

 

Family: Father: Dale, Mother: Sara, Younger brother: Ryan. Fun fact: I have about 25 cousins total, most of which I am very close to. I am younger than most, so I am lucky enough to also be very close to all of their kids now too!

 

Pets: Dog - Ruger, he’s a golden retriever, my running companion, and overall just a light in my life. And he just turned 8 this July! Cat - Beliose (comes from the movie The Aristocats), he’s black with bright yellow eyes and an expert hunter.

 

Favorite Music: Country is my absolute favorite, but I also like of 80s rock, some pop, and 2000s.

 

Favorite Color: Purple.

 

Favorite TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, Law and Order SVU. I love watching new shows on Netflix.

 

Favorite Movies: Disney movies, especially Cars, The Lion King, and Finding Nemo. Not Disney, but also love Despicable Me. I also am very obsessed with Harry Potter and The Hunger Games!

 

Hobbies: Reading, camping, hiking, playing soccer, doing anything with my brother, running 5Ks with my mom and best friend, and spontaneous adventures with my friends at anytime.

 

Favorite Foods: Mashed potatoes, watermelon, berries, chocolate, salsa, and lots and lots of ice cream.

 

Favorite Vacation Spots (thus far): Spain! I went there with my soccer team (aka some of my best friends). We were able to play 2 games there, go to 2 professional games, hike and see many different cities, churches, etc, and try lots of different food! Tapas were my favorite!!!
Also Devils Lake…my family has gone there every year since I was born!

 

Favorite Athlete: Overall anyone on the Packers, but if I have to choose…definitely Donald Driver!

 

Nickname: KP (there were multiple Kayla’s on my soccer team in high school and it just stuck- even through college.) 

 

People I Admire: My Grandma- the toughest, most stubborn, and loving person I have ever met! Any first responder or serviceman…I could never be brave enough to do what they do.

 

Brush With Greatness: I scored the winning goal my senior year of high school for my team to win the regional championship!

 

Something Very Few People Know About Me That I'm Willing to Divulge Here: People used to think my brother and I were twins, we were the same height and looked a lot alike. Now we still look very similar, but he’s over 6 inches taller than me!