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~ Attendance, Meany

meany.attendance@seattleschools.org

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Ayele, Hailu

Special Education Assistant

hgayele@seattleschools.org

Baker, Carly

Counselor & 504 Building Coordinator

crowens@seattleschools.org

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My name is Carly Owens and I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Meany Middle School team! I received a B.S. in Psychology and a M.Ed in Counselor Education at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. I was an Elementary and Middle School Counselor in Virginia, before moving to Seattle in 2011. I was previously in the Bellevue School District working as the Dean of Students. I was happy to return to my counseling roots this year, and join the Seattle School District as the Counselor at Lowell Elementary.

My background includes a wide-range of educational and counseling opportunities. I have had the privilege of traveling around the world, volunteering with school-aged children in Tanzania and Southeast Asia. Multicultural counseling has been a huge influence in my practice. I also have experience working with developmentally disabled and medically fragile individuals in group homes, and in my time with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As the school counselor at Meany Middle School, I will be following the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model, which focuses on the academic, personal/social and career development of all students. I will accomplish this through 1:1, group sessions and classroom guidance units. Middle School is such a transitional time, mentally, physically and emotionally. As their counselor, I want all of my students to know that I value them as individuals, empathize with their struggles, and will support them in discovering and becoming the best versions of themselves.

My spare time is happily spent with my husband, Nick, our son, Owen, and our dog, Taco! We try to be outside as much as possible and enjoy playing soccer and hiking.

Carr-Nelson, Brenda

Special Education Assistant

becarrnelson@seattleschools.org

Carrico, Catherine

Special Education Teacher

cmcarrico@seattleschools.org

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My name is Katie Carrico and I am very excited to be joining Meany Middle School! I grew up in the Seattle area and am pleased to call it home once again. I have a bachelor's in Special Education from Central Washington University and a master's in Adult Education from Seattle University.

I come to Meany with a variety of teaching experience – from my start as a special education teacher in Kent, Washington to teaching on the shores of the Mediterranean on the islands of Crete and Sicily. From a brief stint in Las Vegas to Vancouver, Washington. I have most recently been teaching in the 6th grade resource room at Hamilton International Middle School.

When not teaching, I am usually traveling the world or reading books that take me away to worlds unknown. I knit and participate in improv theater for creativity and practice Yoga for exercise and life balance.

Cummins, Lisa

Resource Room Teacher

llcummins@seattleschools.org

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Greetings to all! My name is Lisa Cummins, Resource Room Teacher who will be accompanying Mr. Garrett-Small’s program. I come to you with a background in learning disabilities and I have served in various school models (charter, public, private/parochial) that incorporate programs for diverse population of students. I have taught in Seattle area schools, San Diego, and Los Angeles. I was born in Seattle but grew up in Eastern Washington. I attended Gonzaga University, B.Ed, and P.L.U, M.Ed. I have received California credentials, with Autism Authorization and obtained CTEL- English Language Leaner Permit.

I enjoy collaborating with parents, families, and staff and I believe in supporting parents and staff by advocating for student success. I sustain the philosophy that parents, teachers, community, and students are all partners in education. By working in a group process collaboratively, a team can greatly empower their endeavors and current trends by combining their individual expertise. I also have a strong commitment to diverse and multicultural holidays/themes which aligns with the Reggio Emelia’s Approach, that the ‘classroom is the 3rd teacher’.

I look forward to coordinating our practices, thus empowering a school’s mission that can enable and synthesize a successful program in which students achieve academically, socially, and emotionally. I hope to develop pride in knowledge and an appreciation of learning and knowledge in our students in the 21st century. I look forward to coordinating with a community team dedicated to progressive education and to help students achieve the best that they can be.

Dunning, Michael

History Teacher

midunning@seattleschools.org

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Hello future historians! My name is Michael Dunning, your new 7th grade Social Studies and Reading 180 teacher. A born and bred Pacific Northwesterner, I attended Western Washington University Woodring College of Education. I have spent the last two years teaching Civics in Miami, FL. My classroom mantra is: “Be Mindful, Be Colorful, Be Powerful,” and I strive to create a safe space for exploring life and what it means to be part of a community.

When I’m not engaging young minds with tales of the past, you can find me in the mountains or on the water adventuring and connecting with the outdoors. I can’t get enough of that PNW air! My nose is always in a good book, and I never pass up an opportunity to talk about anything from the mythic story structure of Star Wars to the nuances of the perfect slice of pizza.

I am stoked to be teaching in the community where I live at Meany Middle School. Go Mountain Lions!

Finney, Kevin

Math Teacher

kafinney1@seattleschools.org

Personal Message I came to Meany in 2018 via a long and winding road. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Communication and Theater. After careers in entertainment, hospitality and shipping, and a stint as a stay-at-home dad, I moved into education. I began as a playground volunteer, then a classroom aide and Emergency Substitute. I received my Masters in Teaching from Seattle U in 2007. This year in addition to Math I’ll teach two periods of Theatre. We hope to mount two live shows, “All Together Now in November,” and “James and the Giant Peach” in the spring. When I’m not at school, I might be cycling with my wife Sarah, paddle boarding, bragging and worrying about our two children (we’re empty nesting!), acting in a play, or singing with friends.

Foyston, Jershon

Assistant Principal & 504 Building Coordinator

jefoyston@seattleschools.org

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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.

Garrett-Smalls, Michael

megarrettsma@seattleschools.org

Goldberg, Rebecca

Science Teacher

rjgoldberg@seattleschools.org

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My name is Rebecca Goldberg and I am so happy to join the team at Meany Middle School. I recently moved to Seattle from Phoenix, Arizona. My family and I decided to make the move because we love this beautiful city and had to get away from the heat! I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Biology from Arizona State University and earned a post-baccalaureate in Education. I have taught a variety of high school science classes like chemistry, biology, and general science. I spent the last 2 years teaching 9th grade I.B. Biology. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking long walks or drives, and going for bike rides. I am very excited to teach 6th grade science at Meany this year and cannot wait to get to know all of my students!

Harris, Chester

Custodian

caharris@seattleschools.org

Hellenkamp, Emily

Specialist Comm Disorder

ephellenkamp@seattleschools.org

Hill, Mary

Counselor

mahill@seattleschools.org

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Hi! My name is Mary Margaret Hill, and I am ecstatic to be a part of the Meany Middle counseling team! I received a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed in School Counseling from the University of Mississippi. I was a middle school counselor in Mississippi for two years before moving to Seattle in June 2020. My husband and I fell in love with Seattle four years ago when we visited and got engaged at Keary Park. We are newlyweds with no kids and one cat who we adore!

I am a relentlessly positive presence, and middle schoolers are my people! I value relationship building, authenticity, and openness. I am a helper by nature, and I believe a successful day is one in which I make a meaningful connection.

I follow the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Model which emphasizes social/emotional, academic, and career development. I am also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

I am so excited for a great year at Meany Middle! I will be here to support our students and staff through whatever challenges come our way!

Hollar, Matthew

ELA Teacher

mphollar@seattleschools.org

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I’m excited to be teaching Language Arts at Meany Middle School this year! Raised in Vermont, I moved to Seattle in 2015 and earned my Masters in Teaching at Seattle University. I’ve been a tutor, student teacher, and Academic Intervention Specialist at Cleveland High School and Aki Kurose Middle School, where I developed a commitment to social and racial justice in education. I bring to my classroom a deep background in writing, specifically spoken word poetry and academic essays, and I love reading student writing of all kinds. In my free time I read fantasy novels and play and coach Ultimate Frisbee. I’m looking forward to helping my students become lifelong readers and writers.

Holmes, Denise

Data Registrar

dlholmes@seattleschools.org