Kayla earned her degree from Olivet College, where she was the concertmaster and principal clarinetist for two years and Instrumentalist of the Year. After college, Kayla moved to the Southwest, where she taught numerous ensembles in the Farmington Municipal Schools. She then taught middle school beginning, intermediate, advanced, jazz, and marching bands in the Central Consolidated Schools.
At Stillwater, Kayla teaches beginning and intermediate clarinet and bass clarinet. Kayla has been the principal clarinetist for the San Juan College Orchestra since 2011 and the Southwest Civic Winds since 2013. She is also the Assistant Director of Bands at Durango High School.