Allyson Ward

ELL Teacher

E: allyson.ward@dmschools.org


I am a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor's degree in TESOL/Spanish-teaching and a master's degree in Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership. I have had the pleasure of working at McCombs Middle School since 2015 and looking forward to many more years to come. In my time teaching at McCombs, I have enjoyed working with ELL students of all proficiency levels. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my husband and dog, attending different car racing events, and travelling as much as possible.

Elizabeth Chavez


E: elizabeth.chavez@dmschools.org

Michaela Cross

ELL Teacher

E: michaela.cross@dmschools.org


I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Radio/TV production and a Bachelor's in Political Science and I returned to Drake for my Master's in Teaching with endorsements in ESL and Journalism. I first joined DMPS in 2015 as a substitute teacher and became an official teacher in 2017. I love working for McCombs and getting to all of my students across all grades. In my free time I enjoy traveling to new countries and cities in the US. I'm very adventurous and am always looking for a new thrill!