Global Studies & Civics

Becky Victor-Baker

8th Grade Social Studies

E: rebecca.victor-baker@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Becky Victor-Baker. I am currently an 8th grade Civics teacher at McCombs. I have taught Reading or Social Studies at all grade levels since I have been at McCombs. I have 2 daughters and recently gained a son in law. I graduated from Iowa State University. Go Cyclones!!! I also support Central College where my daughter attends. I enjoy traveling, country living, horses, dogs and cats plus spending time with family and watching my daughters dance. I enjoy teaching and learning new things each day. Plus I look forward to meeting new students each year!!!

Beverly McPherson

7th Grade Social Studies

E: beverly.mcpherson@dmschools.org

Biography

I was born in Jamaica West Indies.  I am a graduate of College of Arts Science and Education with my degree in Elementary Education. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree from University of West Indies with Majoring History and Economics. I earned a certification in School Administration and Management. I have taught for over 12 years. I taught Mathematics, History, Performing Arts and Social studies. I am certified to teach at Elementary, Middle and High School.

I am married with three children who are all attending Des Moines School district. It has been a blessing to have had the opportunity to appreciate the school district both as a teacher and a parent. I am enjoying the diversity in which I am able to share and learn from.

Dustin Roland

6th Grade Social Studies

E: dustin.roland@dmschools.org

Joshua Wager

7th Grade Social Studies

E: joshua.wager@dmschools.org

Biography

My name is Joshua Wager and I am currently a 7th grade global studies teacher here at McCombs Middle School. I also serve on the Golden Eagles Committee and coach track in the spring. I earned my teaching degree at Illinois State University in Geography Education in 2005, and I’m in my 11th year teaching.  I live in Grimes with my wife Stefanie and our son Lincoln.  We are expecting our daughter to arrive this fall.

Michael Tarin

8th Grade Civics

E: michael.tarin@dmschools.org

Tammy Nilsen

6th Grade Global Studies/6th AVID

E: tammy.nilsen@dmschools.org

Biography

Hi! My name is Tammy Nilsen. I grew up in Fort Dodge where I graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High and Iowa Central Community College with my associate’s degree. I then moved to Ames where I earned my bachelor's degree in education from Iowa State University in December of 2010. I have been teaching at McCombs Middle School since 2012.  I am married with one daughter who is 4 years old. When I'm not teaching, I love to spend time with my family.  I look forward to working with you and your child.