Col Robert Cagle Completes GISA Master Teacher Program

Katie Martin
Riverside Prep teacher, Col Robert Cagle, recently completed the Georgia Independent School Association’s (GISA) Master Teacher Program. The Master Teacher Program requires teachers to complete an extensive portfolio including three detailed examples of work, a video of one of their classes, and multiple letters of recommendation. 

According to GISA, the program, “[bestows] well-deserved recognition to GISA Master Teachers who exhibit best practices in the classroom and a willingness to share and collaborate with other educators. GISA commends its Master Teachers who inspire excellence in the classroom, among colleagues and, especially, students.”

Cagle has been at Riverside for 21 years and is the science department chair. Cagle also teaches world history, U.S. history, and physical science. “I try to learn something new every day; I always want to get better and be a lifelong learner,” he said. “The program helped me think through collaboration and how we can work together to share best practices. As a department chair and senior member of the faculty, I want to be able to mentor and help other teachers.”

Master Teachers in the Georgia Independent School Association were recognized at the 2023 GISA Annual Conference held at Strong Rock Christian School on Monday, November 6, 2023. Each award recipient was greeted on stage by Dr. Jeff Jackson (GISA President), Paula Gillispie (GISA Director of Accreditation), Dr. Ben Carson, Georgia Lt. Governor Burt Jones, and Dr. Stan Whitlock (GISA Vice President).

As Cagle continues to educate and invest in the young men at Riverside, his purpose remains the same, saying, “I want to bring out the best in the boys I teach. That’s always been my goal and will continue to be my goal.”