Language & Literature

Deb Alexander

7th Grade Language and Literature

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Justean Allen

7th Grade Special Education - Language Arts Support


Tam Bartlett

6th Grade Special Education - English/Language Arts & Humanities support




Name:  Tam Bartlett

Subject Area:  Language Arts and Literacy, Global Studies

Grade:  6

College(s) attended:  Marshalltown Community College, Buena Vista University, and Drake University

Years teaching:  15

Years at Meredith: 15

What I enjoy about teaching here:  Meredith is my neighborhood school, and I enjoy seeing students outside of school in the neighborhood.

Greatest hope for my students:  That they become lifelong readers and learners.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Risk Take

Additional information:  In my free time I enjoy reading, movies, cross-stitching,  andwalking my dog.

Jill Dykstra

7th Grade Literacy



I have worked for the Des Moines Public Schools for 12 years. I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Music and endorsements in reading, Language Arts and coaching. I have also earned a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from UNI and a Masters Degree in Administration from Iowa State. I like to make meaningful relationships with students and try make learning fun. I live in Des Moines and like the outdoors, scrapbooking, and spending time with my friends and family.

Mitch Elbert

Language and Literature


Janette Gerdes

8th Grade Literacy



I've been teaching middle school English for 24 years, the last 12 at Meredith. I have a Bachelor's degree fom Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a reading endorsement from Drake University. I especially enjoy teaching writing. I love reading (especially science fiction), the Beatles, old movies, and chocolate.


Louise Ouimet

8th Grade Literacy




Name: Louise Ouimet

Subject Area: Language and Literature

Grade: 8th

College(s) attended: Upper Iowa University

Years teaching: 9

Years at Meredith: 8

What I enjoy about teaching here: I love my fellow teaching staff and the diversity of the students.

Greatest hope for my students: I hope that all my students will strive to be the best that they can be and realize that everyone has their own strengths.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Communicator, Reflective

Marlou Soyer

ELL Reading



I am a 2002 graduate of Upper Iowa University. I received my Masters in Education from Drake University in 2009. I began my teaching career at Merrill Middle School as a part-time Language Arts/Reading Teacher in 2002. For the past nine years I have taught Language Arts/Reading and Global Studies at Meredith Middle School.

Kristine Stoebner

7th Grade Literacy




Name: Kristine Stoebner

Subject Area: Literacy

Grade: 7

College(s) attended: Upper Iowa University, Grandview, UNI

Years teaching: 7 years

Years at Meredith: 7 years

What I enjoy about teaching here: It’s my neighborhood school and I enjoy the diversity in our population.

Greatest hope for my students: For them to be open-minded, compassionate, hard-working citizens.

Learner profile trait that motivates me:  Balanced

Kathryn Winger




I have been teaching ELL (English Language Learners) at Meredith Middle School since 2001. I have enjoyed being involved with students and families that are from so many different places in the world. Our ELL program at Meredith expands beyond the school day with additional English enrichment programs after school and on Saturday's. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy camping, traveling, and NASCAR with my husband, Doug and children Colin and Amanda.