2016 – 2017 PTA Executive Board

Nicole Taylor, PhD : Co-President

Nicole Taylor, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Education Department at Spelman College. Nicole has a work history in the field of education from teaching elementary school, to being a Reading Research Intervention teacher, to higher education where she currently teaches and prepares future educators. Committed to promoting family literacy and family engagement through her scholarship, this extends to her personal life as a wife and a mother of two children at Nickajack. She looks forwarding to serving the Nickajack community!

Elinor Negron: Co-President


Originally born in Trinidad, 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 13 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 a 22 year old, a high school senior at Campbell, an 8th and 6th grader at Griffin, a 4th Grader at Nickajack and substitutes at Nickajack or volunteers in the office.
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.

Maria Smith: Co-Vice President

Maria Smith is a freelance writer and blogger (MamaliciousMaria.com). She’s married with 4 kids who are all Nickajack students. They are in 5th, 3rd, 2nd, and Kindergarten this year. In her pre-baby life she was a TV producer. She loves writing, traveling, and playing tennis.
Rotricia Rochelle Coley: Co-Vice President
Rotricia Rachelle Coley is an event designer and food stylist. She is known for her elaborate custom dessert tables. Rotricia has called Smyrna home for 12 years. She is a married mother of three who all attend Nickajack. She is  committed to our school and looks forward to serving you and your children on the board. In her pre motherhood life, Rotricia traveled the country as a sales and development engineer. She is a foodie who enjoys cooking, entertaining, and traveling.
Ruth Kennedy : Treasurer

Ruth Kennedy is a Controller for Tensar Corporation. She’s divorced with 2 boys, ages 8 and 6, both Nickajack students. Ruth also is a Rodan & Fields Skincare Consultant and is passionate about using sunscreen every day and raising awareness for skin cancer. She loves reading, gardening, watching baseball and soccer, and riding scooters & big wheels with her boys.

Kristine Estrada: Teacher Executive Committee
Jennifer Paller: Teacher Executive Committee
Jessica Powers: Staff Parliamentarian
Kristine Kurilec, M. Ed: Teacher Liaison

I am a 3rd grade special education teacher. I have been at Nickajack Elementary for 5 years now. I graduated with my undergrad and master’s degree from Kennesaw State University. I look forward to being a teacher liaison for the PTA!