I started teaching at Meredith in 2000 following graduation from the University of Northern Iowa. I have two beautiful daughters, Emma and Ella. I am also the Hoover boys golf coach. Go Huskies!
I graduated from UNI with a degree in elementary education/special education and also attended Drake University to earn more endorsements in special education. At Meredith I coteach in the 7th and 8th grade math classes and really like working with all the students. I am married to my husband Jeff and have two sons, Carter and Kirby. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to sports events, gardening and walking my dog, Josie.
Name: Jodi Osthus
Subject Area: Mathematics
College(s) attended: University of Northern Iowa
Years teaching: 22 years teaching
Years at Meredith: 20 years at Meredith MS
What I enjoy about teaching here: The staff at Meredith is amazing! Everyone works together.
Greatest hope for my students: My hope for all Meredith students is to be successful communicators and problem solvers.
Learner profile trait that motivates me: Communicator
Additional information: I have 2 cats. I love photography and national parks.
Name: Lisa Rooney
Subject Area: Math
Grade: 7th Grade
College(s) attended: Iowa State University
Years teaching: 17
Years at Meredith: 11
What you enjoy about teaching here: Students and families
Greatest hope for my students: I want students to feel inspired.
Learner profile trait that motivates me: Caring
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.