Influential Jamaicans in Atlanta: Elaine Bryan

Elaine Bryan is Atlanta’s award-winning school counselor. She is the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • Judge Glenda Hatchett Educational Mentoring Award – October 2005
  • Barbados Association 2005Trident Award For Excellence – November 2005
  • Turner Broadcasting Systems (TBS) Award for Educational Excellence – May 2006
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin Phoenix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education – July 2006
  • Atlanta-Jamaica Association Award for Outstanding Community Service in the field of Education – August 2006

A counselor at one of the top charter High Schools in the country, Chamblee High School, she is currently involved with the B.A.M. group at the Microsoft Corporation, helping them identify candidates for scholarships and internship opportunities being offered by the Bill Gates Foundation.

Elaine even found the time to start the E. B. Success Center and was interviewed on TVJ in Jamaica in January of 2006. She was also recognized as a Phenomenal Woman in a special Gleaner edition on March 8, 2006.

In her spare time, Elaine is also is a Real Estate investor who has excelled in this area so well that she was invited to share her knowledge on “What You Get for the Money”, which airs on HGTV and the Fine Living Channel. The show compares homes across the country; it is the top-rated primetime show on HGTV and is aired nationally in 90 million homes.

Elaine attended Excelsior High School and Kingston Technical High where she was president and Head Girl. A resident of Barbican and Meadowbrook, she left Jamaica after completing high school for Chicago where she attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois

After college, Elaine returned to Jamaica for a few years to work in sales for Air Jamaica, in Kingston. She credits her father Dudley C. Grant with being a great influence in her life–he was an entrepreneur.

Elaine’s wish for the Jamaican Community in Atlanta is that, “with our growing numbers and talents, that we give back to Jamaica and make a positive difference while living abroad. We should always strive to support, enhance and pave the path for current and future generations. While accomplishing our goals, remember the strong foundation that we were privileged to receive from our beautiful homeland Jamaica.”

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