Meet Your PTA Board!

Nicole Taylor



Nicole Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Education Department at Spelman College. Nicole has a work history in the field of education from teaching elementary school to higher education, where she prepares preservice teacher candidates and engages in research related to family literacy and engagement. She is a wife and a mother of two Nickajack Braves (1st Grade & 4thGrade). Her love for and commitment to education is evident through her desire to serve the Nickajack community with dedication and pride.




Elinor Negron 
Elinor Negron was originally born in Trinidad, and moved to Connecticut at the age of 15 with her parents and brother. She worked in the IT field for 8 years, testing software for retail registers, where she met her husband of 15 years and counting. After getting married, they transferred to Georgia with his job where she decided to stay at home with the kids. She is the proud mom of 5 children (4 girls, 1 boy) and a grandmother of 1, and has been a Nickajack parent for 13 years, with her oldest being the fifth grade class of 2006, and has volunteered in various capacities during that time. She currently has 2 high school graduates, a rising freshman at Campbell, a rising 7th grader at Griffin, and rising 5th grade at Nickajack. This past year she was honored to become one of the great staff at Nickajack as Attendance clerk.
I have seen many changes at Nickajack, every single one for the better. I truly believe that this is a partnership in creating the environment we wish for our children to be in, one where they flourish and exceed all of our hopes and dreams for them. I look forward to working with Administration, and staff to keep making Nickajack an amazing school.


Cicely Edward

Vice President of Events



 Cicely Edward is a Sr. Learning Manager for The Coca-Cola Company. Originally from Atlanta, she is a wife and the mother of two children who are in 2nd and 4th grade. If you don't find Cicely volunteering at the school, she is typically exercising, gardening, or playing board games with her children. She is excited about serving the Nickajack community this year.






Brieon Brandon

Vice President of Communication


Brieon Brandon is a public health research consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a background in health education. She works across a range of health topic areas and has a particular interest in breastfeeding and early childhood nutrition. Brieon has been an active member of the PTA for the past two years having served as Nickajack Beat Newsletter Co-Chair and Silent Auction Co-Chair. She and her husband Kenneth are the proud parents of two boys; one in second grade and one pre-K. Brieon is committed to Nickajack Elementary School and welcomes the opportunity to make a greater contribution to the school community in the years ahead. Brieon enjoys reading, cooking with her boys, and exploring new foods.




Ryan Roy

Vice President of Volunteerism


Ryan Roy is the husband of Lisa Roy, father of Cristian Roy, a second grader at Nickajack, and also to a new addition to the family Jayden Roy.  Professionally he is the owner of Justify or Just Do It Coaching.  He is an author, speaker and a coach.  He coaches individuals and entrepreneurs on success and mindset - eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.  


Over the last two years he has, just shown up. He has been involved with Nickajack in many ways, including but not limited to, FBI Dads where he helps to coordinate and participate with the Reader Days.  Ryan introduced the All Pro Dads Breakfast to the school and he is also the speaker for that event.  Last year we had over 300 dads participate in those breakfasts where they get to share a meal and learn a lesson with their child(ren).  Ryan recently participated in the Junior Achievement (JA) day where he had the opportunity to teach the JA curriculum to a 5th grade class.   He also introduced the Sock It To Em Sock Campaign to Nickajack; and the school has donated over 2500 pairs of socks to homeless people here in the Atlanta area.  Due to the support of the Mrs. America campaign, Mrs. Georgia 2017 LaCrisha Burton Saba came to Nickajack to speak to our young lady Braves about giving back to the community.  


Ryan is a dedicated husband and father who wants only the best for the school that his children will attend and wants to do his part the best way he knows how - he just shows up.





Ruth Kennedy

Ruth Kennedy is a divorced mother of 2 Nickajack boys, Hines (9) and Troy (7).  She is a Controller for Tensar Corporation and dreams in Excel spreadsheets.  Ruth also is a Rodan & Fields Skincare Consultant and is passionate about daily sunscreen use and raising awareness for skin cancer.  She loves reading, napping, watching soccer, and riding scooters & big wheels with her boys.  Let's Go Braves!






Kimberly Carter

PTA Secretary 


Kimberly is the mother of two children- JB, third grader, and Annelise, 1st grader. She is currently a stay at home parent that does anything but stay at home. Her days are busy volunteering at the school with the PTA, School Council, and substitute teaching. Before children, Kimberly taught 2nd grade at a private Christian school. In her rare free moment, Kimberly enjoys spending time with family and friends while entertaining at home.




Jennifer Paller

Teacher Liaison



Kristine Matthews

Teacher Liaison



My name is Mrs. Matthews, but many of you will remember me as Ms. Kurilec. I got married over the summer! My husband's name is Chris, and we have a sweet dog named Ranger. I was born and raised in Cobb County, growing up in Acworth. I graduated with my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kennesaw State University. This upcoming year will be my 8th year teaching, and my 7th year at Nickajack Elementary. This will be my first time teaching 4th grade, but have taught 3rd, 2nd, and kindergarten previously. I am looking forward to an amazing year!


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