Granville principal among ‘Women of Distinction’

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Granville Elementary School principal Cara Talmadge with her Women of Distinction proclamation. (Photo courtesy of Assemblyman Simpson’s office)

Two Washington County women were among 13 in the 114th state assembly district honored on Friday, May 12, as Women of Distinction.

Assemblyman Matt Simpson noted in his opening remarks that the women were nominated because of “the impacts they have made as a leader, mentor, or friend to those around her. Some have served in the armed forces or as a first responder. Perhaps the nominee reaches the young minds of her students in the classroom or may simply be a caring neighbor known for her everlasting kindness.”

The women, presented with an Assembly proclamation in the ceremony held at the Bolton Landing Community Center, included Cara Talmadge of Greenwich and Amie Gonzales of Argyle.

Honored, humbled and happy

Those were the words of Cara Talmadge, principal of the Granville Elementary School, who soon will become the district’s Director of Pupil Personnel. Cara has spent her career teaching and nurturing, with a Bachelor of Elementary Education from SUNY Oswego and a Masters in Educational Leadership/Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Plattsburgh.

Cara has been principal at the elementary school for nearly six years and in her new role will oversee the district’s Special Education programs. In the district’s recent newsletter, she said, “I want to be someone who makes a difference for students” and adds she “will always be a teacher at heart.”

Cara’s proclamation describes her as an active contributor in her community, encouraging teachers and community members to collaborate to create effective learning activities for students.

Argyle’s Amie Gonzales is the president and project manager of Hunt Companies which specializes in commercial construction. Her proclamation said she “takes great pride in the company’s mission while also maintaining strong relationships with her employees.”

Amie spent eight years serving in the U.S. Navy as a 1st Class Petty Officer working as a specialist in mass communications. She holds a master’s in project management from Strayer University, is currently the vice chair of the SUNY Adirondack Board of Trustees, a member of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce Veterans Business Network and the Argyle American Legion Post 1518.