On a bi-weekly basis, Louisville Women’s Sports posts the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors ® Business Profile and features a local successful businesswoman with former student-athlete experience. To learn more about Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, visit: www.bhhsparksweisberg.com.
If there is a specific local businesswoman that you’d like to be featured, email future suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. This week’s feature is on former Ballard cheerleading star Kim Brakmeier who is now a teacher at Male High School.
1) What is your athletic background (school and/or club) and education (High school-Collegiate)?
I cheered at Lyndon Recreational, Meyzeek Middel School, Ballard High School, and the University of Louisville
2) How did athletics teach you to overcome adversity in the workplace?
Athletics taught me to be a team player. In the workplace that has helped me appreciate each individuals strengths. Athletics taught me that putting those people in the right “job” or place in the workplace, thatwill allow the business (or school in my situation) to be the most successful. Athletics also taught me to collaborate. If we all share our strengths with one another, the team or company goes from good to great.
3) What was the most challenging point of your athletic career?
The most challenging point of my athletic career was about my junior year of high school. I was finding stress balancing time with school and athletics and maintaining a part time job. I lost interest in my sport and felt as if I was missing out of a social life. However, I am thankful to say that I stuck with cheerleading and going into collegiate cheerleading was the best decision I ever made. Cheering in college was some of the best memories of my life.
4) What has been the most challenging point in your professional career?
The most challenging point of my professional career was about my third and fourth year teaching. I was tired of being mistreated and under-appreciated by students. I wanted more structure in the building and worried I made the wrong career choice.
5) What is your advice to young student athletes today?
My advice to young student athletes is to stay focused on your studies and your sport. All the important life lessons will fall into place if you stay focused. Your studies will keep you educated and add value to your life, and your athletics will teach you to work with others, set goals and achieve them!