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County welcomes John Roosa

Posted December 22, 2013 in Advice Column, Boone

Keep Boone County Beautiful and its sponsor, the Boone County Landfill, recently hired John Roosa as Boone County’s Environmental Education Specialist.

As environmental education specialist, Roosa will plan, develop, coordinate and present environmental education and interpretive programs about resource management and water quality. He will work closely with area teachers to enhance their lessons plans with these programs. Roosa will also be involved with assisting the health and sanitation department in raising citizen awareness about radon.

Roosa will provide environmental outreach education services throughout Boone County and the Boone County Landfill’s regional primary service area.

Roosa was born and raised in Iowa, mainly in the central part of the state. He grew up on a farm near Lehigh, located northwest of Boone, and attended Central Webster Community School. After high school, he attended and graduated from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, then transferred to and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls with a secondary mathematics teaching degree.

Roosa’s first job after college was teaching middle school math in the Newell-Fonda School District, just east of Storm Lake, for seven years. He also coached junior high football, junior high basketball, junior high track and high school baseball. Then he accepted a job at Southeast Webster School District (which is his alma mater, under a new name) teaching middle school and high school math, plus coaching high school girls’ basketball and junior high baseball. After four years at SEW schools, he accepted a job as manager of the Iowa 4-H Center. Along with his wife and two children living on-site at the 4-H Camp, he was responsible for all camp operations and facility developments for 10 years.

Still living in Boone County, Roosa is thrilled at the opportunity to get back into the classroom to work directly with kids. However, this time his focus will be on environmental issues and programs.

“My goal is to increase awareness on environmental issues and programs in and around Boone County. We have a very scenic county, and we need to develop good stewards of the environment to maintain the natural beauty for generations to come,” says Roosa.

“We are excited to welcome John to our team at the Landfill,” says Scott Smith, landfill administrator/recycling coordinator for Boone County. “John enjoys working with youth of all ages and has many exciting ideas. In conjunction with Emily Klein, Boone County naturalist, the county offers a wide range of environmental related education opportunities.”

Teachers can contact John at 515-433-0591 or by email at

Information provided by Lois Powers, Boone County Landfill Administrative Services, Keep Boone County Beautiful coordinator.

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