2018 STEM Teacher Ambassador

Peg Cagle
Reseda High School
Los Angeles, CA

Peg CagleMargaret "Peg" Cagle began her working life as an architect, but after learning of the shortage of STEM teachers, decided she could make a greater difference teaching math in a large urban district. Over the next 17 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District, she taught every math course from 6th grade through Honors Algebra II/Trigonometry, supported informal education through chess, robotics, and math clubs/teams, and served in various leadership roles. She is currently teaching and serving as math department chair at Reseda High School in Los Angeles.

Cagle earned National Board Certification and was recognized as LA County Teacher of the Year, Raytheon Math Hero, member of USA-Today's All-USA Teacher Team and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

A love of mathematics and drive to advocate for students and the profession have spurred her involvement beyond the classroom including serving on the board of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, providing input to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, being on staff of the Park City Mathematics Institute, testifying before Congress, and working to bring the wisdom of practice to inform policy as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

She spent three years as a teacher-in-residence and practice faculty member in mathematics education at Vanderbilt University's Peabody College, advising candidates in teacher preparation, teaching math content and methods courses, and providing a practitioner's perspective to enrich research. She also established a support network for local early career mathematics teachers through a professional community of practice.

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