Kayla is a special education teacher based in Portland, OR. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Special Education and Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Elementary Special Education. She’s been in special education for 10 years in various settings and though it’s exhausting and often undermined, it’s a career that she wouldn’t trade for the world… but maybe for a few million dollars for anyone wanting to offer VillageVibesPodcast a contract. (Contact info. can be found below.)
Kayla is originally from Seoul, South Korea. She was adopted at 4 months old by her parents, Bonnie and Scott (who she often speaks of). Her family is diverse, as she has an older brother more than 20 years her senior, a younger sister who is black (also adopted), and a cousin who is also adopted from Korea. She has always lived in Portland, OR and though she sometimes drags Portland for being too white, boring, and small, she absolutely loves her hometown.
Kayla is in her mid-20s (or late-20s…) and enjoys educating, learning from, and conversing with folks regarding social justice issues. It’s always been a passion of hers; it’s a passion that often spills over into her career and relationships. While she’s dabbled in painting, blogging, writing, and the occasional Facebook war, her hope is that VillageVibesPodcast will be another platform that can create change, even if that change is small.
Some of Kayla’s interests include singing (usually flat), cooking, her partner Kenny, taking adventures, over-using the term “white people”, eating both snacks and meals for small families of four, taking quizzes on BuzzFeed, traveling, perfecting her eyebrows, and Beyoncé. She absolutely despises physical activity, peas, leaving doors unlocked, oppression, hot yoga, cake, mansplaining, and people who dress up as Pocahontas for Halloween.