Special Education

Andrea Bagby

7th Grade Special Education

E: andrea.bagby@dmschools.org

Biography

I have been working with Des Moines Public Schools for over 12 years. This is my fourth year at McCombs and it truly is the #1 Middle School in Des Moines! I have been able to teach in a wide variety of content areas being a special education teacher. I completed my undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa and my master's from Drake University. I have been married for 11 years and have three daughters, Mya 6 and Piper and Emma are 3.

Carol Kirsch

8th Grade Special Education

E: carol.kirsch@dmschools.org

Denise Bovee

6th Grade Special Education

E: denise.bovee@dmschools.org

Diana Marron

8th Grade Special Education

E: diana.marron@dmschools.org

Biography

I graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.  I taught at Harding Middle School for 12 years, then moved to Brody for two years, and have been at McCombs since 2013.  I have taught special education for all but 3 years of my teaching experience and truly enjoy it.  I grew up, and currently live just south of Des Moines in Indianola, but I student taught in Houston, TX.   When I'm not teaching, I love spending time with my boys and my husband.   We enjoy watching movies, going for bike rides, traveling, and just hanging out together.

Joy Davey

Skilled Learning

E: joy.davey@dmschools.org

Biography

In 2005, I graduated from Simpson College with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and History.  I taught History for 4 years at a private school in Ankeny.  I then began work on Special Education endorsements at Upper Iowa University and began my career with the Des Moines Public Schools.  I started at McCombs in 2011. I now teach in the Structured Learning Program.  I have endorsements in Intellectual Disabilities and Work Experience Coordination.  I have found my niche with kiddos who are on the Autism Spectrum or have Intellectual Disabilities!  They are a source of joy, frustration, laughter and fun for me!
I am from the South Side and an alumni of Lincoln High, class of 2000!  I have one daughter, Stella, who goes to Jefferson Elementary.  I love spending time with her, watching Iowa Football games, and cooking!  I also have two dachshunds who enjoy barking, digging and racing around the house!
Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions regarding your student in the program or McCombs! I look forward to working with you both!

Ron Hyde

7th Grade Special Education

E: ronald.hyde@dmschools.org

Biography

Currently I teach at both McCombs Middle School and the Des Moines Playhouse. I have spent time in the community volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, The Playhouse, and Meals from the Heartland. Also, I spent about a year working with children and adults as a member of the community support staff for Optimae Life Services. In 2010 I graduated from Drake University, Summa Cum Laude, with endorsements in both special education (k-8 Stratigist I)and rhetoric. I love providing artistic opportunities to the students I serve through the production of an annual school play and talent show. New this year I have taken on the challenge of teaching our district PLC in Classroom Management for teachers in both secondary and higher school settings.

Samantha Whittie

Special Education Behavior Disorder

E: samantha.whittie@dmschools.org

Tracy VanWinkle

7th Grade Special Education

E: tracy.vanwinkle@dmschools.org

Biography

I attended Waldorf College, where I received my Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education in 2004, with a K-8 reading endorsement.  I later went on to graduate school at Morningside College, where I obtained my Master’s degree in Instructional Strategist Level II-Special Education K-12.  I also obtained a middle school endorsement from Morningside College.  I have been teaching special education at the middle school level for 10.5 years; focusing mostly in 6th and 7th grade math and literacy.  This is my 3rd year here at McCombs Middle School.  I previously taught at Harding Middle School, and before that a small school in northern Iowa.  My favorite part about teaching is showing students who struggle with learning that anyone can learn and progress.

I am married to my husband Josh, a senior environmental analyst at MidAmerican Energy Company.  We have one daughter, Ava, who is almost 2 years old, and another girl on the way this April.  As a family, we love doing anything outdoors such as kayaking, biking, camping, gardening, and hiking.  We also support the Hawkeyes because who else right!