Bonita Coleman-Potter, the deputy superintendent of the Prince George’s County schools, will leave her post this month to assume the top position in Ocean Springs, Miss.

Coleman-Potter said Wednesday that she could not pass up on the opportunity to run a school system.

“It was my dream to be a superintendent and I have been here for three years under the tutelage of [School Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.],” Coleman-Potter said.

The veteran educator will return to her roots when she leaves Prince George’s to take over a system of about 5,500 students on July 2.

Before taking the position in Prince George’s, Coleman-Potter served as the deputy superintendent of the office of instruction for the Jackson Public School District in Mississippi. Prior to that, she worked as an associate state superintendent in Mississippi.

Coleman-Potter took the No. 2 spot in the county public schools in 2009, a year after graduating from the Broad Superintendents Academy, a 10- month executive training program. She filled a vacancy left when Hite was promoted to superintendent.