A Physical Education Teacher at Heart

Coach Heidi Kleekamp shares her life goals and passions as a teacher
Coach Heidi Kleekamp coaches her athletes during the varsity soccer game against Fort Zumwalt East.
Coach Heidi Kleekamp coaches her athletes during the varsity soccer game against Fort Zumwalt East.
Caitlin McDonnell

Heidi Kleekamp first knew what she wanted to do as a little girl in middle school. And to this day, she does what she loves to do, which is coaching high school girls varsity soccer and teaching physical education classes.

Kleekamp has always wanted to be a teacher. She loves helping students and teaching them.

“I thought I had the perfect personality to be a teacher and coach the sport I love most,” Kleekamp said.

Kleekamp always knew she wanted to be a physical education teacher. No other kind of teaching reached out to her as much as P.E. did.

It all started at Wentzville South Middle School. Kleekamp was coaching the Timberland girls’ soccer team for a few years. But once she found out about a new high school opening, she knew she couldn’t pass up the opportunity of teaching at a brand-new high school.

Kleekamp has two little girls, a seventh grader, and a fifth grader. She loves going to all their sports and activities. Besides hanging out with her family, Kleekamp loves to go hiking and enjoys going on runs.

Growing up, Kleekamp fell in love with soccer and continued to play throughout high school, which then led to college soccer. She loves the sport as much as she loved playing center defense. Kleekamp’s position on the field is one of the most important in defense.

Kleekamp went to the University of Central Missouri for college.

“I thought it was a great university but I also got a scholarship for soccer to go there,” Kleekamp said.

She continued throughout college as a collegiate athlete for soccer. Until she fell in love with teaching and soccer.

Because of Kleekamps efforts, she has changed many athletes mind sets and goals.

“Kleekamp has helped so many of us as people and as soccer players. She cares about us not only on the field, but us personally,” senior Madelynn Kuhn said.

There is no doubt that Kleekamp will continue to change lives and help other athletes and students as they progress through high school and into the future.

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Rileigh Krauter
Rileigh Krauter, Reporter
Rileigh Krauter is a sophomore and this is her first year in journalism. Rileigh is on the JV soccer team and she also has two younger sisters and a younger brother. Rileigh’s brother was just born on July 25, 2023. After high school, Rileigh wants to be a soccer player. If she doesn’t play soccer, she would like to be a police officer. 

Caitlin McDonnell
Caitlin McDonnell, Reporter
Caitlin McDonnell is a junior and this her first year in journalism. She loves photography and graphic design as well as writing stories. Outside of school she works at a retail store, Maurices, where she helps many different people with fashion. In the summer she works as a lifeguard at Twin Chimneys Pool. During her free time she loves hanging out with friends and family, reading, and taking many photos of nature and people. When she graduates she wants to be a photographer for various events. She hopes to succeed in journalism and learn more about photography for the future.

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