DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan City Board of Education has named two new elementary school principals for Kelly Springs Elementary School and Girard Intermediate School.

Monica Montalvo will serve as the principal of Kelly Springs Elementary School beginning in the 2022-23 school year, according to a statement from the school district. Montalvo has worked with DCS for 12 years.

Montalvo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies K-8 from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of West Alabama.

Montalvo is originally from Opelousas, Louisiana, and moved to Alabama in 2010 by way of the U.S. Army. Before moving to Alabama, Montalvo and her family were stationed overseas in Germany for 13 years.

In 2019, Montalvo worked as an Instructional Coach at Selma Street Elementary and most recently served as an Assistant Principal at Dothan High School. 

Tracey Horn will serve as the principal of Girard Intermediate School beginning in the 2022-23 school year, DCS confirmed to WDHN. Horn has been with DCS for three years of her 25 years of educational experience.

Horn holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science, a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, a Bachelor’s Degree in Collaborative Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, as well as a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministries from Wallace Community College, Troy University and Liberty University.

Horn most recently served as the assistant principal for Girard Intermediate School as well as Selma Street Elementary with 12 years of administration experience with Henry County Schools as both principal and assistant principal.

Horn is originally from Abbeville, Alabama, and is married to Paul Horn with three children and three grandchildren.