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Personal Message

Mr. Arthur

Au Yeung, Arthur

Counselor & 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 Assistant
Glenn Brooks
Brenda Carr-Nelson

Carr-Nelson, Brenda

Special Education Assistant
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
Abreham Fanta
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.

Michael Garrett-Smalls

Garrett-Smalls, Michael
Emily Hellenkamp

Hellenkamp, Emily

Speech/Language Pathologist
Matthew Hollar

Hollar, Matthew

ELA Teacher

Personal Message

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
Marcus Holmes

Holmes, Marcus

Special Education Asst/ISE - 203/7

Houplin-Garcia, Barbara

ELL Teacher

Hutson, Annemarie


Ismail, Abdullah

Assistant Custodian G-Shift 2
Francis Li

Li, Francis

Instructional Assistant

I was born in Tsingtao, China as an only child. I am from the era of the Chinese One-Child Policy, which means I have no siblings. Mandarin is my 1st language; English is my second. Moved to Seattle when I was 11. We lived around a lot of areas in the Puget Sound, but I enjoyed the city of Mill Creek the most. I have 2 kittens named Mafi and Mok. Mafi Mok means “without brain” in Arabic. I graduated from high school in Bahrain in the Middle East. Moving back to Seattle, I attended the U of W. Travelling is something I love to do. I’ve traveled to most Asian countries and parts of Europe. The top travel destination for me is South America. Memories for me of Chinese New Year include huge family feasts, fireworks (we could set off at home), red envelopes filled with money, ceremonies and different foods.