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Mr. Arthur

Au Yeung, Arthur

Head Counselor (6th and 7th Grade Focus) & 504 Building Coordinator

Some fun facts about me…

  • I was born in Hong Kong but moved here when I was five. I have been back seven times and I can still speak Cantonese fluently.
  • My hobbies are playing soccer, ultimate frisbee, watching sports and Netflix, hiking, working out, piano, and getting food with my friends for my food blog!
  • My favorite Chinese foods are Dim Sum, baked seafood rice, and Ma Po tofu.
  • I love Chinese New Year! Red envelopes are my favorite part.


Hailu Ayele

Ayele, Hailu

Special Education Instructional Assistant
Glenn Brooks

Brooks, Glenn

Special Education Instructional Assistant (Moderate Intensive)

Brown, Joshua

Tech Support

Byrne, Cayley

Math Empowerment
Brenda Carr-Nelson

Carr-Nelson, Brenda

Special Education Access Program

Chalker, Julia

Special Education Social Emotional Learners Program
Wai Chan

Chan, Wai

Lunchroom Assistant

Wife and mother of two sons, who attend Seattle Public Schools at Beacon Hill Elementary and Asa Mercer International Middle School.

My first language is Cantonese. My 2nd language is Mandarin, and my 3rd language is English.

I was born in Hong Kong and have now lived in the U.S. for 5 years.

I like to read novels on my cell phone. I like cooking, shopping and bringing my sons to the park.

I enjoy “Chinese New Year” because it is a time when the family comes together to celebrate. We buy lots of food, decorations, and spend time with all members of my extended family.

Dao, Salifou

Patrese Denenberg

Denenberg, Patrese

Moderate Intensive Classroom

Dominguez, Sophia

Spanish Teacher
Abreham Fanta

Fanta, Abreham

English Learner Instructional Assistant

Fields, Matthew

Social Emotional Learner Instructional Assistant
Jershon Foyston

Foyston, Jershon

Assistant Principal

Personal Message

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. As a child, I remember my father as a school teacher working with at risk students. 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 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 Middles school in Kent. This is where I got hoked 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. While I was teaching at Federal Way High School, I was earning 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. I worked at Meeker Middle School for 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 earned my master’s in leadership in Education from City University of Seattle. I worked as part of the equity team and the PBIS team. I have a passion for working with students that other people find difficult. 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. I was able to help them 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. My life is very busy, but I am blessed for sure. I do enjoy the outdoors and exercise. I love sports and have been coaching them for almost twenty years.

Garcia Del Valle, Amarilis

English Learner Instructional Assistant
Michael Garrett-Smalls

Garrett-Smalls, Michael

Special Education Resource Program

Gibbons, Amanda

Moderate Intensive Classroom (Long-Term Sub for Denenberg)

Harris, Martin

Emily Hellenkamp

Hellenkamp, Emily

Speech Language Pathologist