Kayla graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Systems Engineering. She then attended the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, earning a Master of Philosophy in Nuclear Engineering in 2011. Following her initial training as a Submarine officer, Kayla was assigned to the USS Maine (SSBN 741)(GOLD), where she completed three strategic deterrent patrols. She then served as the the Flag Aide to the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Kayla is currently an Astronaut Candidate in training at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.