Hello, I am Dr. Ancona and I’m so happy to be part of the McKinley Eagles community! I am originally from San Diego, California, where I started my teaching career and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University. My family moved to Iowa in 1995. I completed my Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Drake University in 2013 and have been teaching for Des Moines Public Schools for 10 years. I love sharing my passion for music with my students, and I love learning from my students as well! I enjoy spending time with my husband and 4 children and performing with my band, Opus Taylor.