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Los Angeles Unified School District Math Teacher Joins NCTM Board

Reston, Va., June 21, 2012—Margaret (Peg) Cagle, a middle school mathematics teacher on leave from the Los Angeles Unified School District and a current Einstein Fellow (2011–12) in the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). The 14-member board serves as the chief policymaking body for NCTM.

Cagle began her three-year term (2012–2015) at the conclusion of NCTM’s annual meeting in Philadelphia on April 28. NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the teaching and learning of mathematics. With more than 80,000 members, NCTM supports mathematics educators in all 50 states and Canada.

“Now more than ever, it is incumbent on classroom teachers to use their voice and take an active role in shaping instructional practice, curricula, research, and policy that will define what high-quality mathematics education looks like for all students,” said Cagle.

Cagle’s contributions to NCTM include serving as a member on the Emerging Issues Committee (2008–11), as a national conference featured speaker (2011), and as a presenter at several national conferences (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010). She has been selected as Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year (2008), named to the USA Today All-USA Teacher Team (2007), honored as a Raytheon Math Hero (2006), and given a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (2005). She also holds National Board Certification in early adolescent mathematics.

In addition to NCTM, Cagle is a member of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics, the Council of Presidential Awardees in Mathematics, and the California Mathematics Council. 

Cagle earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie-Mellon University and spent 15 years practicing and teaching architecture. She discovered a passion for teaching, and thought that she could make a greater impact as a math teacher in a large urban school district. To pursue this goal, Cagle earned a master’s degree in mathematics education from California State University, Northridge, and a specialist certificate in gifted education from California Lutheran University.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students. With more than 80,000 members and 230 Affiliates, NCTM is the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving mathematics education in prekindergarten through grade 12. The Council’s landmark Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, published in 2000, includes guidelines for excellence in mathematics education. Curriculum Focal Points for Prekindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, released in 2006, identifies the most important mathematical topics for each grade level. Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making, released in 2009, suggests practical changes to the high school mathematics curriculum to refocus learning on reasoning and sense making.

Contact:  Tracy Withrow, twithrow@nctm.org, 703-620-9840, ext. 2189, Communications Manager, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

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