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Dean’s Desk  
October 18, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

First fruits
This time of year has so much to enjoy--crisp fall weather, glorious colors, and of course, the delicious fruits of a year-end harvest. I sometimes forget to appreciate fully what a gift not only these pleasures are but the gift of my life in general. Thanks to the One who provides more than I need in abundance every day. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. ~ James 1:17-18

Calendar of Events
20 Service Day, No Classes 8am-1pm
22-23 Family Weekend
27-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed 
4 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
7 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 7 pm, FAC, CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Archer!
8 Sophomore Registration opens for Winter Quarter
15 Freshman Registration opens for Winter Quarter
18 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 12-3:00 pm, Virtual
21-28 Thanksgiving Break, No Classes
1-2 NAD Endorsement Committee, Dean away
2 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
3 Student Teaching ’20-21 Applications Due to Placement Officer, Emily Appel
5-10 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
13-15 Final Exams
15 WWU Employee Christmas Party
20 Fall Course Grades Due, 9am
Date TBD SEP Christmas Party, Curriculum Library
16-Jan. 2 Christmas Break
Education and Psychology News
Hands-On Learning
Students in Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca's Inclusive Literacy class recently visited the Discovery Preschool to practice making letters outside with shaving cream. Despite the cold, everyone had an exciting time engaging in a hands on experience drawing letters! Although a bit messy, it was a valuable sensory experience, and provided the opportunity to cultivate a connection with the preschoolers as well as approach literacy from a unique angle.
Student Research Posters 
As you walk around Smith Hall this year you will see some new additions to the wall decor. Posters are up from the Spring 2021 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics class. You will find a wide variety of topics of interest to university students. Take a moment and check out what our amazing students have done.
Departmental Clubs Focus
Psychology Club
Last week, Psychology members participated in Jeopardy night, there was a prize for winners, and extra credit for Linda Ivy’s students!

Psychology club is for students interested in Psychology as a major or minor, or just students who are interested in the field of Psychology. The club typically has one big group event per term (Christmas party, Spring Picnic, etc.) and several small events such as movie or game nights, free coffee at the Atlas, or service events.
Questions? Contact Sponsor: Linda Ivy (
Be sure to follow the Psychology Club on Instagram (@thepsychstudents) to stay up to date on all the latest events!
Education Club
Ed. Club is holding a Study at the Atlas on October 25th from 4-7pm. Members will receive a free 8oz drink of their choice.
The purpose of the Education Club is to promote the professional, social, spiritual and academic interests of the club members. An additional purpose will be to share the benefits, challenges, opportunities and vision for service and leadership in education with other groups on the WWU campus and the surrounding community.

Questions? Contact Sponsor: Brian Hartmann (
If you haven't already, be sure to follow the Education Club on Instagram (@wwueducationclub) to stay up to date with the latest events. 
Beautiful day at the park for the education club outdoor event this weekend!
Faculty and Staff News
Welcome SEP Student Workers
You may have noticed our new welcome table in the main office entry way. Here is where you will find the welcoming, friendly faces of some of our student workers. Today we introduce Aleksandra Talev.

My name is Aleksandra or Ali: I’m going to be helping out in the Psychology and Education Department, I’m here to help with any questions you may have. This is my 2nd year and I’m majoring in Forensic Psychology and Pre-Law: I plan on being a Special Agent for the FBI in the future. I love to travel and dream of traveling the world someday. I enjoy photography, horseback riding, drawing, playing and listening to music, reading, watching a good movie or show, and having a good time with friends.
Curriculum Library

The Curriculum Library has two bookcases with free books. There is a range of children’s books, textbooks, and teachers’ helps. Come and find some treasures.  Also, if you need a three-ring binder, we have some of those to give away in Room 306.

Discovery Preschool
We are quickly growing our student numbers, the afternoon program is almost full and we are really excited!

Our mission at the Discovery Preschool is to immerse young children in hands-on learning experiences that will allow them to learn in a natural, playful, and social environment. Our goal is for children to experience the wonder of discovery and to enhance their innate love for learning so it will continue throughout their entire lives. The spiritual emphasis of our program focuses on promoting Christian values common to most religious faiths—such as honesty, kindness, love, patience, and sharing. 

Job Postings & More Information 

Teacher's Aide Opening at RAS
Rogers Adventist School (RAS) has several openings for the position of teacher’s aide. This position will provide WWU students with experience in the day-to-day operation of a classroom. Students will gain experience in the organizational and management skills necessary for the efficient operation of the class. Applicants should have a high school diploma (or an equivalent) and be a University student with a major in education or related subjects. The applicant should be available to work an average of 8 hours a week from 09/27/2021 to 06/03/2022. The hourly pay is minimum wage and there will be a yearly evaluation during spring quarter. MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL WORK STUDY to apply. If you’re interested and have any questions about this position you can contact Nancy Barnett at or 509-529-1850, also see Heidi Lindstrom for a letter of eligibility. 

Office Aide Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis Elementary School is looking for an Office/Teacher's Aide who will aid office staff by making copies, organizing bulletin boards, answering phones, greeting parents and visitors, aiding teachers in the classroom, tutoring, correcting papers, organizing classrooms, and watching students on the playground. MUST BE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT TO APPLY. Please see Heidi Lindstrom for a letter of eligibility. Students will also need to complete the districts application. College Work Study Student 2021-2022 DAVIS Grades K-5.

Teacher's Aide Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis School has positions available for Teacher's Aide. Duties include assisting teachers in the classroom, tutoring, correcting papers, making copies, organizing classrooms, and other duties as assigned. Helping with physical education, music activities, and supervising students on the playground are also included. Job offers 4-15 hours per week between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Being bilingual would be helpful. All applicants must have a high school diploma. APPLICANTS MUST BE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT. Prepare to take a copy of your class schedule when applying. If interested, see Heidi Lindstrom for a Letter of Eligibility. Students will also need to complete the districts applicationCollege Work Study Student 2021-2022 DAVIS Grades K-5.

After School Tutor Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis School has positions available in the Ignite after-school program. This job is very well suited to anyone who is interested in working in the education field, as tutors will gain experience working in a public school setting. The hours are from 2:30-5pm Monday through Thursday, but tutors may work two to three days a week as well.
Apply directly: or for more information, contact Nick Walsh (

Legislative Internship Program Applications Close October 20th 
In addition to earning academic credit, interns engage as part of a team, helping solve real world problems for the citizens of Washington. These interactions provide one-of-a-kind insights into the events and legislation that impact our state every day. Students of all majors are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and political ideologies who are active leaders, engaged in campus communities, and excited to learn about government while gaining practical job skills. Interns are matched with legislators in the House of Representatives, or the Senate based on interest areas and political ideology. The 2022 internship begins January 10, 2022 and ends March 10, 2022. Students must be enrolled juniors or seniors, in good academic standing, and receiving academic credit for the internship. The stipend for interns during the 2022 session is expected to be $2,400 per month, pending final approval. You can also find more information, as well as our application, an FAQ section, intern profiles, and more on our website.

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Wa-Hi 
If you know any recent grads or current local college students looking to make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool please have them contact me. We are looking for people who can help with homework, especially math and science. For more information please contact Rachel Hicks at 509-730-9308 or email

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer
GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer. Make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool. We are looking for people who can help with school work, are enthusiastic about working with middle schoolers and want to make a positive difference in student learning. For more information please contact the GEAR UP Site Manager at either school. Garrison: Terri Gingras- (509) Pioneer: Elionay Quiros Meneses-(509)


Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
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School of Education and Psychology
204 S. College Avenue, Smith Hall
College Place, WA 99324

Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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