Kim Paton-Bayer was born in Auburn and raised locally. After graduating from Oakmont High School in Roseville she then attended Sierra College from 1979 to 1981. It was here at Sierra College that Kim began studying Anatomy and pursuing Physical Education.
As a student at Sierra College she was an active athlete in Track and Field. She is still currently the first place record holder in the 400 meter hurdles, and is within the top five record holders in four other events. Paton-Bayer was recently (Feb 20, 2010) recognized and inducted into the Sierra College Athletic Hall of Fame.
After leaving Sierra College Paton-Bayer went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico. Kim has worked as a Manager and Wellness Director for many health clubs locally; including Auburn Courthouse Athletic Club for twelve years. In 2006 she completed her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership with years of post graduate work and study in Exercise Physiology at CSU Sacramento.
Kim became a Health Educator for Foundation Health, then a Health Education Specialist for Health Net. She has developed, implemented, and managed Young at Heart Health Education programs for seniors statewide. She has also designed a Weight Loss Program that has been implemented by four local health clubs.
Paton-Bayer has taught Health and PE courses for Sierra College part-time since 1985. In 2000, Kim opened her own Yoga for Fitness & Wellness business offering Yoga classes and workshops and continues to run it today.
Kim currently resides in Rocklin with her husband Rick and son Jesse. They lead an active lifestyle of hiking, boating, biking, and snowshoeing.
Favorite Professor: Michelle Devol Professor/Coach (Track, Gymnastics, and Dance), and Mentor
Favorite Class: Anatomy & Physiology
Fondest Memory: My last Spring semester carrying a full load with 15-20 units, while working part time as a gymnastics coach and trainer, and daily conditioning/training for competitive Track and Field. I had track practice with Danny Bunz (Former Forty Niner Football player). I was the last athlete qualified and training for State Championships. He ran the quarter mile next to me while I ran over the hurdles. My competition in athletics fueled my fire to continue with my academics. You may remember the character “Ziggy” who said “If it weren’t for PE, I’d quit school!”. I have no idea how I managed a schedule like that successfully.