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    Welcome Assistant Principal Foyston!
    Posted on 12/12/2018
    Assistant Principal Foyston

    My name is Jershon Foyston and I am super excited about becoming a new member of the Meany Middle School community. I look forward to building lasting relationships with the students and community members and helping the students find out who they are and how they will find their success. I look forward to working with the staff on furthering their pursuit of education, so they are best able to teach and serve the students and their unique needs. I know that I can feel successful in many ways.

    I have been engaged in education in some way, my entire adult life. When I was a child, my father was a school teacher working with at risk students, and I can remember going to work with him and seeing him interact with his students. It was also fun to see his students recognize him outside of school. My brother and I grew up being known as “Mr. Foyston’s Kids.” Now, I am Mr. Foyston.

    I entered the teaching world as an instructional assistant in a special education behavioral classroom at Cedar Heights Middle School in Kent. This is where I got hooked on working with students. I then went to Washington State University and earned my degree in Education with a focus on English. I taught at Federal Way High School for two years teaching English at all levels, and while teaching there I also earned my certification in Special Education. Upon receiving my certification in Special Education, I took a job in the school district that I grew up in, the Kent School District, at Meeker Middle School where I spent 4 years as a Special Education teacher working with students with behavior and emotional disabilities. There, I worked to develop a program to help students learn how to take ownership of their lives and choices. I found great pride in the students I worked with and the growth they made.

    It was at this time that I realized that to make a bigger impact on more than just my students, I would need to get into administration. I have a passion for working with students that other people find difficult. I earned my Master’s in Leadership in Education from City University of Seattle. With this degree and my new position at Meridian Middle School as a Behavior Interventionist I was able to work with a large body of students and I worked as part of the equity team and the PBIS team. I was able to help students learn how to take ownership of their decisions and to also look to the future with a lens of hope that they may not have had before. The struggle that some of our students go through every day is very real, and helping them find a light in darkness is one of the greatest gifts I get doing the work that I do.

    Outside of education, I have been married to my beautiful wife for the past ten years. We have three energetic children – boy and girl twins, and a newborn. I enjoy the outdoors and exercise. I love sports and have been coaching them for almost twenty years. My life is very busy, but I am blessed for sure.