Kayla R. Johnson is the founding principal of KIPP Royalty Academy, KIPP Miami’s second elementary school. Previously, she was the founding assistant principal and then school leader of KIPP Sunrise Academy.
Kayla was born and raised in Miami, Florida, where she began her career in education as a middle school teacher and grade level chair. Kayla also worked in Philadelphia, where she coached K-12 educators and led diversity, equity, and inclusion learning experiences for teachers. Her work in Philadelphia drew her to KIPP New Jersey, where she became the assistant principal of KIPP Thrive Academy in Newark. Kayla received dual degrees in English and criminology with a minor in education from the University of Florida and her master’s in teaching, learning, and curriculum from Drexel University.