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Dean’s Desk  
April 25, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

After the long months of wintery cold, and darker days, I always eagerly anticipate spring. Last weekend was no exception. Not only have we been blessed with beautiful, bright, blossom-filled days, we welcomed alumni and friends for our Homecoming events in person. The Homecoming weekend reminds me of the amazing students who have graduated and gone on to serve in the world outside WWU.  Former students joined in our Sabbath afternoon departmental supper from near and far. We shared stories of service and adventure, and our faculty and staff participated with joy. My heart is filled with gladness for the glories of the Lord and the opportunity to once again celebrate each other. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh

"Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” Psalm 96:1-2 (ESV)

Calendar of Events
26-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
8 Mother's Day
15-19 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
19 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board), 12-3 pm, Alaska Room
30 Memorial Day, No Classes, SEP Offices Closed
6-8 Final Exams
10 Psychology Recognition Ceremony, 1:00 pm, UChurch Heubach Chapel
11 Teacher Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 pm, UChurch Fellowship Hall
11 Graduate Hooding and Reception, 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium
12 Graduation, 8:30 am, Centennial Green
20 Juneteenth Observed, SEP Offices Closed
21 Summer School Begins
Education and Psychology News
Thanks for Supporting the Scientists!
Research Methods participation night was a huge success last Tuesday with over 35 students attending. Students collected data for their projects by completing surveys accessed through access codes shown in the pictures above. Thanks for helping promote the scientific method on campus.
Homecoming Departmental Supper
It was good to be back together after several years of missing our in-person alumni weekend. Over 40 alumni came for a soup and salad supper and time to catch up, including former professors and deans (Verily Ward, literacy professor and Cliff Sorenson, dean pictured above). Thank you to the many faculty and staff who prepared and staffed the event.
Congratulations Dr. Ezpeleta!
Last Friday, Professor Melody Ezpeleta successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, receiving the degree of Doctor of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT) from Loma Linda University. The title of her dissertation was The Perceived Experiences of High School Students and their Mental Health in SDA Academies: A Needs Assessment. A summary of her project reads: The purpose of this qualitative needs assessment was to gather the perceived experiences of high school students in terms of their mental health while attending Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) academies. The results involve the identification of the mental health conditions being attended to and what mental health resources or supports are needed at the academies. Recommendations were developed for the Pacific Union and the North American Division Office of Education (NADOE) to contribute towards program development, implementation, evaluation, and future needs assessments.
WWU Winter's Dean's List
Congratulations to our SEP students who made the WWU Dean's List (3.50-3.749) and Dean's List of Distinguished Students (Above 3.75) for winter 2022.
SEP Clubs 
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
Discovery Preschool
Preschool Hat Day
Celebrating hats and friends at Discovery Preschool this week.
Enroll Now at Discovery Preschool for Summer or Fall
Do you know a 3-5 year-old who's toilet-trained & ready to learn? We offer beginning literacy, math concepts & science exploration. Build your child's Christian faith with songs, stories & hands-on activities. One child beamed "The best thing about preschool is friends!" See us @ to hold your spot for am or pm. Email Stacy with questions at
Curriculum Library
CL (Curriculum Library)
The CL is located on the third floor of Smith Hall. This space is dedicated to providing resources for teacher training and psychology testing materials, among others. There is a meeting room with TV projection capabilities that can be scheduled with our CL Director Franice Stirling. It is also a great place to study and hang out between classes.

Weekly Resource Selection

PECS 151 – Picture Exchange Communication System. IM/KT 371.9 F929

Andy Bondy and Lori Frost developed this communication system for young children diagnosed with autism.  It has been found useful for all ages of non-verbal students. Pictures include many food items, objects, and activities as well as attributes and sentence starters.  Each picture has a Velcro button to attach it to the notebook cards.

Job Postings & More Information 

Math and Science Teaching Position in California
Armona Union Academy in the Central California Conference is looking for a math and science secondary teacher. For more information contact Randall S. Bovee, Principal, Armona Union Academy, Armona, CA 93202, (559) 582-4468 (school) or (541) 784-5001 (cell). Visit to learn more about the school.

Teaching Positions in New England
Greater Boston Academy is in need of more teachers for the 2022-23 school year. We are an SDA School with a current student population of about 180. We offer grades PreS-8th. Due to our expanding number of students, we are in need of 3 teachers – one first grade, one second grade and one sixth grade. Greater Boston Academy has been in existence for over 100 years and we are located about 15 minutes’ drive north of Boston. There are also many cultural and historical experiences located not far from us in Boston, Concord, Lexington, and other towns in driving distance.Our faculty, staff, students and families are one family together as we share each other’s joys and help bear each other’s burdens. Please contact Mrs. Dausele Vieira, principal, at or call the school at 781-438-4253 if you are interested in exploring joining our teaching staff. God may have a special mission for you here in the Boston area!

Sabbath School Helpers Needed
Are you look for a way to do some volunteer work with children? The University Church Sabbath School division is looking for students who enjoy interaction with children and parents. We are trying to find enough helpers to reopen the Sabbath School room that closed down due to COVID. If interested contact Betty Duncan at 509/525-7468 or 509/386-8749.
Teacher Position Open
STEM teachers are needed at Midland Adventist Academy. We are searching for a K-12 STEM teacher starting next year. This person would primarily teach elementary STEM and one high school STEM class. Additionally, they would spearhead our push to become a STEM-certified school. Certification could be in elementary grades with a passion for STEM. Contact Adam Littell, Principal, Midland Adventist Academy at 913.268.7400 or for more information.
Developing passionate followers of Christ who love God and serve people.
Teaching Positions in Central California Conference
Here is a link to CCC current openings on the NAD Job Openings website:
More specifics can be seen at the above link:
Armona Union Academy - Academy math and science
Bakersfield Adventist Academy - Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4
Central Valley Christian Academy - Grade 5
Foothill Adventist Elementary - Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8
Fresno Adventist Academy - academy science
Los Banos Adventist School - teaching principal grades K-4
Miramonte Christian School - Grade 6
Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy - Principal with a little teaching
Mountain View Academy - PE/Athletic Directory, Music/History teacher
Sierra View Junior Academy - Grades 7-10 team teacher
Valley View Junior Academy - Grades 7 & 8, Teaching Principal Grades 9 & 10 - really need someone with at least junior academy math
VHM Christian School - Teaching Principal - grades TBD based on applicant
Teachers that are bilingual (English-Spanish) are in demand.
Employment Opportunity
Southern New England has several positions open for teachers for next school year. Check out these opportunities:
  • Bayberry Christian School, Osterville, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 1-4 with the possibility of team teaching with the grades 5-8 teacher.
  • Cedar Brook School, Rehoboth, MA is looking for a teacher for grades 3-4 and a full-time principal.
  • Laurel Oaks Adventist School, Hamden, CT is looking for a grades PreK-1 teacher.
  • Greater Boston Academy, Stoneham, MA is looking for an elementary teacher and a middle school teacher. 
  • South Lancaster Academy, South Lancaster, MA is looking for a grades 9-12 Bible teacher/chaplain.

All the positions are posted on the NAD Education website. To learn more or to apply contact Theresa Robideaux, Associate Superintendent

Employment Opportunity
We're looking for a couple of university students who would enjoy taking care of children ages 2-10 during a mother's group meeting at the university church.  We would be able to pay $15/hour for up to 5 children. Dates and times are as follows:
DATES:  Feb 15, March 1st, March 15th, March 29th, April 12th, April 26th, May 10th, May 24th.   TIMES: 9:30-11am.   LOCATION: Jr. High Room at the University Church in the lower level classrooms.   DETAILS:  We will provide craft, activities, and snacks. Mothers will be in the gathering room down the hall studying the book "Never Alone: Parenting in the Power of the Holy Spirit".  
Please contact Tiffaney Sorensen if you're interested or have any questions. or 770-255-9138.

Hilltop Christian School
This SDA christian school in Antioch, CA is looking for a teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. The school is over 80% non-Adventist and is an amazing opportunity to minister to our community. To learn more contact Melissa Peckham Galloway, Principal at 925-778-0214 ext 409.

El Dorado Adventist is looking for Teachers
El Dorado Adventist School is a K-8 looking to hire teachers that have a growth mentality, and wanting to be part of a community that wants to see students succeed academically, socially, and spiritually. Interested? Contact Martin Sutton at or by phone at (530) 622-3560.

John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY has positions well suited for undergraduates and graduate students interested in residence life and student affairs, and for student affairs and residence life professionals. CTY is currently seeking:   

  • Resident Assistants are responsible for supervising middle- and high-school students. Within both their individual RA groups, and the site at large, the RAs create a dynamic community that prioritizes safety, intellectual curiosity, and, of course, fun. RAs are responsible, highly motivated, and have experience working with children.   
  • Senior Resident Assistants supervise the RA staff and assist in managing the day-to-day operation and implementation of the residential program. SRAs are organized and enthusiastic, with a demonstrated record of successful leadership experience. 
What's next? If you know of someone you know might be interested in this opportunity, please visit this link: Or contact Michael du Laney, Sourcing Consultant, Human Resources Department, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Email: | Web: 

Milo Adventist Academy Opportunity
Milo is look for a couple of uniquely qualified teachers. Milo has been developing a mastery-based learning program using student-paced learning guides, standards-based grading, and a "Free-flowing" daily schedule.  Students largely choose the what and when and teachers provide learning/instructional support across the curriculum not just in their endorsed areas. If you are interested in knowing more or applying for positions, feel free to contact principal Randy Thornton at or 541.915.2950.

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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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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