During a special called meeting on Monday morning, the Dawson County Board of Education approved Teresa Conowal as the principal for Kilough Elementary School for the upcoming school year.
Conowal will assume the new role on July 1.
"Mrs. Conowal has spent the last 23 years serving the children of Dawson County," said Superintendent Damon Gibbs. "She knows the Kilough community and has the skills necessary to meet the ongoing challenges faced by elementary students."
Current Kilough Principal Tracey Compton will be taking on a new role with the school system as the director of school improvement and accountability, also effective July 1. Compton is taking the place of Nicole LeCave who has been named executive director of teaching and learning.
Conowal, a Dawsonville-native, began teaching third grade at Robinson Elementary School in 1994 and she began with Kilough in 2002 when the school first opened its doors.
She has been the assistant principal for three years.
"I am ecstatic for this amazing opportunity to continue to serve the families and children of Dawson County," she said.
Conowal has an undergraduate and master's degree in elementary education from Piedmont College, as well as her educational specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
She is also currently working towards her doctoral degree in teacher leadership at Kennesaw State University.
Conowal is married to local attorney Chris Conowal. They have five children: Joseph, Zachary, Nicholas, Thomas and Chance.
She enjoys sporting events with her kids, outdoor activities and traveling with her family.