Margaret (Peg) Cagle has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 17 years, most recently at Lawrence Gifted/Highly Gifted Magnet. During that time she has taught all the math courses offered, from sixth grade math to Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, as well as various science and elective courses. Cagle also founded the Lego-Robotics Program and coached two teams to a regional win in the National Engineer's Week Future City Competition.
Peg received her B.Arch. in Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and spent 15 years both practicing and teaching architecture. Discovering a passion for teaching, she came to believe that she could make a greater impact as a math teacher in a large urban school district. In response, she earned her M.A. in Secondary Math Education from California State University, Northridge and a specialist certificate in Gifted Education from California Lutheran University. She achieved National Board Certification first in 1999 and renewed her certification in 2008.
At the local and regional level, Peg has been recognized as a Los Angeles City Teachers of Mathematics (2003), Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher of the Year (2008) and Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year (2008) and at the national level as a Raytheon Corporation Math Hero (2006), a member of the USA-Today All-USA Teacher Team (2007) and a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (2005) - the nation's highest recognition for math teachers. During the 2011-2012 school year, Peg took a leave of absence from the classroom to serve as an Einstein Fellow on Capitol Hill as a member of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) staff. She is currently serving on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors (2012-2015).
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