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

Jamaica West Indies is my native country.  I received my Master of Education from Buena Vista University majoring in Effective Teaching and Instructional Leadership. I graduated from College of Arts Science and Education with my degree in Elementary Education. I received my Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of West Indies with Majoring History and Economics. I earned a certification in School Administration and Management. I have taught for over 17 years, five of these years in Des Moines Public Schools.

I am married with three children one in college and two who are attending Des Moines School District. It is a blessing to have had the opportunity to appreciate the school district both as a teacher and a parent. I enjoy the diversity in which I can share and learn from. I helped with The Dream 2 Teach program for the past three years.  I worked with the Sister 4 Success program. Iowa recently selected new social studies standards, and I was a member of the review team. It’s thrilling to see the new programs in Des Moines Public Schools which help to share and promote success.

 

Cortney Lindemoen

6th Grade Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, & Social Studies

E: cortney.lindemoen@dmschools.org

Biography

I earned my bachelor's degree in education from Iowa State University. I will soon be starting my master's degree at Drake. I have been teaching at McCombs Middle School since October of 2015. I grew up in the tiny town of Collins, Iowa and graduated from Collins-Maxwell High School. I have recently moved to the south side of Des Moines. I have been the cheer coach since 2016 for both football and basketball cheer. When I am not teaching, I enjoy making music, reading or hanging out with my family. I look forward to teaching and learning right along with my students!

 

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 teach 7th grade global studies at McCombs Middle School. I also serve on the Golden Eagles Committee, debate coach, and I coach track in the spring. I earned my teaching degree at Illinois State University in Geography Education in 2005, and I’m in my 13th year teaching.  I live in Grimes with my wife Stefanie, my five year old son Lincoln, and my two year old daughter Grace. 

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.