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Dean’s Desk  
May 2, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Have you ever been on shaky ground? As a child, one of my favorite places to visit was my grandparents farm in the Palouse country of Eastern Washington. Being a girl from California it provided many adventures I didn't get to experience in the city. Every once in awhile our grandfather would take us on a drive and we would end up at a deep gorge with the only way to cross being a rickety, wooden, swinging bridge. At the time I didn't realize the danger because I believed my grandfather would take care of me. We would walk across the deep ravine being studied by my grandfather's weight on the wooden boards attached to ropes. Today I don't know if I could actually cross that bridge again, but I still want the peace that comes from trusting my Heavenly Father. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you." Isaiah 54:10.

Calendar of Events
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
Plan Ahead for Graduation Celebrations!
Several important events are being planned to recognize both psychology and education graduates in a few short weeks. We hope you will plan to invite your family and friends to...
  • Psychology Celebration, at 1:00 pm on Friday, June 10 in the University Church's Heubach Chapel. All participants will be honored with the program followed by refreshments outside the chapel entrance.
  • Teacher Dedication Ceremony begins at 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 11 in the University Church Fellowship Hall. The program will include music, short talks, refreshments, and a photo booth. Please invite your mentor teachers and student teaching supervisors to attend.
  • Graduate Hooding and Reception, will be held Saturday June 11 at 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium. Master's level students will be given graduate hoods that can also be word at Sunday's graduation.
  • Graduation Commencement is Sunday, June 12 at 8:30 am on Centennial Green.
Staff Visits Alumni
While away on education meetings, our Certification Officer and Office Manager, Mishelle Castiglioni had the opportunity to visit recent secondary education graduate Shylla Gessele! Shylla teaches at Skagit Adventist Academy. We are very proud of our graduates and are always cheering you on!
Student Teacher Self-Care Night
As part of the pre student teaching course (EDUC 450) and as refresher for our current student teachers (EDUC 480/481), a night was provided on the subject of teacher self-care. Guest speaker Jacqueline Lonning, the WWU Student Health and Wellness Program Director has a background in education and was a teacher herself for about 10 years. She spoke on burnout, symptoms, and how to both deal with this and be proactive. Identifying the difference between self care and self improvement was addressed, and not to confuse the two. The event was well received by students. 
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 (Verlie Ward, literacy professor and Cliff Sorenson, dean pictured above). Thank you to the many faculty and staff who prepared and staffed the event.
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

Conversation Cubes.  IM RM 310 N-09

Roll a cube and start a conversation.  These may be used with a classroom as an ice breaker or with two students to get to know each other.  They can also be used as story starters.  If a student has a writer’s block, roll a cube to inspire a composition.

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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