Building Principal

Phone: (314) 831-0411


Degrees and Certifications:

University of Kansas: School of Education Master of Education - Educational Leadership & Administration Northwestern University: Graduate School of Education and Social Policy Elementary Education Teacher Certification Abilene Christian University: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication Bachelor of Science, Electronic Media & Political Science

Mr. Derek R. Bridges

Mr. Bridges holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Kansas and an Elementary Education Certificate from Northwestern University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Abilene Christian University. Before coming to Combs, Mr. Bridges was the assistant principal at Keysor Elementary in Kirkwood School District. Mr. Bridges also served as a teacher in Webster Groves School District, Clark County School District and Chicago Public Schools. His experience includes serving as a professional educator intern with the National Park Service, a council member for the Teacher Advisory Committee for the Judicial Learning Center at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse, a board member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Consortium for Educational Renewal, a mentor teacher for the Saudia Arabia Cultural Ministry's Educational Improvement Initiative, a member of the National Network for Educational Renewal, and a member of the National League of Democratic Schools. in 2017, he was awarded the Federal Bar Association's Excellence in Civics Education National Award. He also served in the United States Air Force.

Instructional Support Leader

Phone: 314-831-0411


Degrees and Certifications:

Master of Arts in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Lindenwood University

Mrs. Karen Caguin

Mrs. Karen Caguin is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education.  She also holds special reading certification.

Mrs. Caguin has served the Ferguson-Florissant School District since 1998. She has been a classroom teacher, a reading coach at Griffith Elementary School and the Instructional Coach/Teaching Methods Coach at Griffith. She is currently the Instructional Support Leader at Combs.  Mrs. Caguin is also an adjunct instructor for Park University where she instructs teachers that are getting their Master of Arts in Literacy.