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!
I earned my Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Grandview College. I went on to earn my Master’s degree in education from Morningside College. I have been teaching special education at McCombs since 1998. I have taught in both 6th and 8th grades. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and children.
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!
Hello! My name is Abby Jones. I studied Elementary Education at Graceland University and am currently obtaining my Master’s degree from Morningside College. I started in the DMPS district as a Special Education associate in 2014 and have been teaching Behavior Disorder here at McCombs since 2018. I am so excited to work with you this year!
My favorite quote is “progress, not perfection”.
Hello, my name is Diana Marron. I went to both Iowa State University to get my bachelor’s degree and Grandview University to add my reading and special education endorsements. I started teaching in November of 1999.
My favorite quote is “Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu