About Amy Monroe-Langworthy

Amy Monroe-Langworthy, principal of Warrensburg Elementary School in New York’s southern Adirondack region, was recently named the next superintendent of the Warrensburg Central School District. 

She earned her bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at Russell Sage College and said Sage’s small classes, supportive community and emphasis on women’s leadership “had a lot to do with my ability to feel confident in myself and as though I could do whatever I wanted as far as my life goals.”

She almost didn’t attend Sage.  

As a high school senior, Amy planned to attend college in California. Then, her twin sister — Jody Monroe, also a superintendent in upstate New York — was accepted at Sage, and Amy joined her for a tour.

“The tour guide did a great job,” said Amy, who enrolled at Sage with her sister, assuring herself she could always transfer to college in California.  

After her first few days at Sage, she never looked back.  

“I made friends very quickly and just kind of seemed to gel with the people on my floor,” Amy said. 

“It was very easy to get involved in different clubs and activities. Somebody encouraged me to get involved with student government. There were a lot of opportunities to make connections and get involved in things that I hadn’t even been thinking about.”

“My physical education classes and science classes were small,” she continued. “We were able to get to know the professors as well as people in our classes, and that made it feel really comfortable.” 

And her Women’s Studies minor, she said, introduced her to women in leadership roles, taking responsibility for their own lives and careers.

After graduating from Sage, Amy worked as a physical education teacher and coach as she pursued a master’s degree in elementary education, eventually becoming a classroom teacher. 

She later earned a master’s in educational administration and transitioned into building and district leadership roles. 

She’ll become superintendent on Jan. 3, 2022 and looks forward to having a bigger platform from which to advocate on behalf of students and women in education. 

“I’d like to expand opportunities for our students, so that they have the same kinds of opportunities as students who are in more affluent and larger communities,” she said “That’s a big goal of mine.” 

Educational leadership is a male-dominated profession, she continued. “There are a lot of really great women in education who should consider leadership opportunities — building leadership and principal positions, district wide or superintendent,” she said. “I’d like to get involved in initiatives to encourage more women.”

It’s a mindset she can trace back to Sage. 

“I feel very fortunate for the experience that I had at Sage,” she said. “There were a lot of people who really encouraged me and were very supportive during my time there — both teachers and students.”