Welcome back! We are thrilled to be Braelinn Stars!
Braelinn Elementary Principal
Jennifer Couch arrived June, 2018 at Braelinn Elementary School as a twenty-five-year educator with experience at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Ms. Couch’s teaching career began in Columbus, Ohio where she taught middle school math, then Windermere, Florida where she taught middle school English.
After eight years of teaching, Delta Airlines brought Jennifer to Fayette County where she taught math at Starr’s Mill High School, Peeples Elementary, and Kedron Elementary, and served as the assistant principal at J.C. Booth Middle School. Most recently, Ms. Couch served as the principal of Hapeville Elementary in Fulton County. Ms. Couch earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Kent State University and Ohio State University respectively, with completion of doctoral course work from Georgia State University. In 2004, Jennifer was named the Fayette County Teacher of the Year and was honored to be named a Milken Educator.
Ms. Couch’s love for teaching is surpassed only by her love for family. She and her husband, Dave, have been married for almost twenty-five years. Their daughter, Allison, and niece Morgan, make their home an active place where family dinners, walks on the golf cart paths, and quick trips to the beach make life more fun. The Couch family is easily recognizable on the cart paths as they walk with their two German Shepherds. Ms. Couch is honored to serve as the Braelinn Elementary Principal.
Braelinn Elementary Assistant Principal
Emily Nealis is thrilled to be the Assistant Principal at Braelinn Elementary School. She is excited about the opportunity to inspire teachers, encourage students, and engage with families and community.
Mrs. Nealis grew up right here in Fayette County and was even a Braelinn Star herself as a student! Upon graduating from McIntosh High School, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from LaGrange College. Mrs. Nealis also holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia as well as her Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. In addition to her undergraduate and graduate work, she is a Gifted endorsed educator.
Emily brings over fourteen years of educational experience with her. Her career began with teaching in Florida before joining the Fayette County School System in 2005. She has been a classroom teacher at various grade levels and most recently served as a teacher of the gifted.
Mrs. Nealis resides in Peachtree City with her husband, George. In addition to spending time with a large, extended family, she enjoys playing golf, visiting national parks, and watching college football.
She looks forward to building partnerships with all of our families.