Hello, my name is Andrea Aylsworth. I went to Iowa State University for my undergrad and Morningside for my masters. I have been teaching since 2001.
A quote I like is: “Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home.” – Mother Teresa
Welcome to McCombs! I am Andrea Bagby the 7th grade Math Strategist. This is my 17th year with DMPS and 8th year as a McCombs Eagle. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a History degree and obtained my Master’s from Drake University. I live just outside of Des Moines with my husband and three girls. We enjoy hanging out on porch with our dogs and cat. I am so excited to work with each and every one of our students and am striving to make McCombs the #1 Middle School in Des Moines!
Hello, my name is Derek Buyck. I went to University of Northern Iowa, and I started teaching in 2007.
“Look closely at the present you are constructing. It should look like the future you are dreaming.” – Alice Walker
I went to San Diego State University for my Bachelors degree and National University for my Masters degree. I have been teaching since 2003 in California, Virginia, and now Iowa. I moved to Iowa and joined DMPS in 2017. I love living in Iowa. I have two sons, age 14 and 21, two dogs, and pet chickens.
I am a graduate of Grandview University with degrees in Applied Mathematics and Secondary Education. I have been teaching in Des Moines since 2014. I joined the McCombs team in 2015 teaching 8th grade mathematics and Algebra 1. Outside of school I enjoy doing things with my family and coaching.
Hello, my name is Tammi Johnson. I graduated from _Central University of Iowa, and Wayne State. I have been teaching / working since 1990.
My favorite quote is: “It seems that we learn lessons when we least expect them, but always when we need them the most. The true gift in these lessons always lies in the learning process itself.”
I earned my bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska. I’ve been teaching at McCombs Middle School since 2011. I teach science and math. I serve as an advisor to Student Council. I also coach soccer and volleyball. In my spare time I enjoy traveling, reading, and attending sporting events.
A quote I really like is “You will gain more knowledge and success by taking action than you ever will doing nothing.” – Danny Yann
Hello, my name is Dusten Metz. I graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma. I have been teaching since 2014.
Accept the challenges, so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory- General George S. Patton