Kate Heckaman

Vadnais Heights, MN, US
Field of Work 
Occupational therapist
Saint Paul Fire Department
Job Title or "Student" 
University of North Dakota
Masters of Occupational Therapy
Education Level 
Profile Biography 
Hello! My name is Kate Heckaman. I am a firefighter/paramedic for the City of Saint Paul. I am excited to be apart of program that aims to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM. I have always been geared towards Math and Science since I was a young kid. My first career path was in the medical field of Occupational Therapy. I previously worked as an occupational therapist in Intensive rehab at United Hospital and in home care for Gentiva Health Services.

My career took a drastic change over 6 years ago when I began down the path to become a firefighter. It was one of the most difficult things that I have done but definitely the most rewarding. I was fortunate enough to be hired by St. Paul fire Department 5 years ago. While working for St Paul, I was able to go through the paramedic program at Inver Hills Community College and became a licensed paramedic less than a year ago.

Beside being busy at work, I have plenty that keeps me busy at home. I am married to a wonderful and supportive husband. We are blessed with 3 children. My oldest daughter is Hayley who is in 5th grade. We also have twin 7 year olds, Jacky and Tommy, that are in the 2nd grade. I keep plenty busy through the winter with coaching hockey and watching all 3 kids at the rink. When I'm not busy with kids and work, I try to stay active and healthy at the gym. I also enjoy social events with friends and family.
Working outdoors, Sports, Other
Race & Ethnicity 
Level of Participation 
After-school visit, Field trip participation, In-school visit, Online role model, Summer camp visit
My Experience 
I have been a Role Model many times.
No Preference
Career exploration activities, Field trip hosting, Fun demonstrations or materials, Hands-on activities for students
Program Affiliation 
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Other Interests 
Coaching Hockey, working out, spending time with family and friends

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