Principal's Corner


Mrs. Colleen Long


My name is Colleen Long and I am the Principal of DeSoto Central Primary school.  I am beginning my 24th year working for DeSoto County Schools.  I taught kindergarten at Greenbrook Elementary, was an Assistant Principal at both Southaven Elementary and DeSoto Central Elementary and as previously stated, the 2019-20 school year marks the beginning of my 24th year in the district and the tenth year as Principal of DCPS.  I am proud to have had the privilege of opening DCPS in 2010.   I have a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Education from Delta State University.

I am a long-time resident of Southaven and have been married to a formerSouthaven police officer for 39 years.  We have a son, two daughters, four granddaughters, and two grandsons.  Our son is a police officer and both of our daughters are teachers.  Our daughters attended school in Southaven and graduated from Southaven High School.  I look forward to our grands attending DCS (I have one that will be in fourth grade and one that will be in first grade this year!) and receiving the excellent education that opened the doors to great careers for their parents!  We are a family that supports DCS and we appreciate the hardworking educators employed there!  DeSoto County teachers are the best and DeSoto Central parents are very supportive of our school.  We could not be successful without this support and the wonderful boys and girls that make up our student body. 

If you need to speak with me, please call the school for a conference (662-912-1300).

Colleen Long, Principal


Bonnie Maready

Assistant Principal

Greetings! It is a pleasure and an honor to serve the DCPS community. As a parent, I was always curious about the people responsible for leading my children's schools. Here is a little bit about me.

I started my career in education many years ago after earning a BS in Education from East Carolina University. I taught special education students in many eligibility categories and grade levels in Virginia before moving to DeSoto County. I began teaching here at Olive Branch Middle School, and later at Olive Branch High School where all three of my sons received a wonderful education. After returning to school to earn a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Delta State University, I have served Desoto County as an Assistant Principal. Most recently, I earned my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership form Ole Miss.

On a personal level, I am a grandmother of six who loves young children! I look forward to leading the teachers who teach your children to love reading and writing, as well as developing a love of math. I hope you will join us as we strive to open doors of opportunity for your children’s future.