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Dean’s Desk  
February 22, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Palindromes are a sequence of letters or numbers that read the same backwards as forwards. It actually comes from the Greek meaning for running a race to one point and back again. USA Today recognizes this day as one of the grandest palindromes of 2022, unofficially known as "Twosday." The date is so rare the National Weather Service says a "Twosday" won't happen again for another 400 years, in 2422. The ultimate palindrome will occur at 2:22 a.m. or p.m., or at 22:22 military time. The book of Hebrews ends with a description of God, an exhortation to remember that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. No matter what, you can count on Him for consistency in your life of faith - today, tomorrow, and always! ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:8

Calendar of Events
21 Freshman Registration Opens for Spring
21 Mid-Winter Break - NO CLASSES
24 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 1-3:00 pm, Zoom
3 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
3-5 March UDays
10 NPUC Board of Education, Dean away
13 Daylight Savings Time Change
14-16 Final Exams
17-27 Spring Break 
21 Grades due
28 Spring Quarter Classes Begin
5-7 April UDays, High School Students Visit SEP Classes
20 UCC Board of Education, Dean away
22-24 Homecoming Weekend
23 SEP Alumni Supper, SMH 202
26-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
25 Alumni Weekend, Departmental Supper & Open House, 6:00 pm, SMH 202
Date TBD Psi Chi Induction
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, Heubach Chapel
11 Teacher Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium
11 Graduate Hooding and Reception, 7:00 pm, WWVA Auditorium
12 Graduation, Centennial Green, 8:00 am
20 Juneteenth Observed, SEP Offices Closed
21 Summer School Begins
Education and Psychology News
Psychology 217 Goes Outside
The picture shows an activity that was done for a group presentation as they were learning about social cognitive theory in PSYC 217/517 Psychology of Learning and Development.
Disability Network Guest Speakers
Last Thursday, guest speakers Cyndy Knight and Angie Witt from the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network presented on improving the IEP experience for parents, the importance of communication, and State and local support for students with disabilities. We appreciate the partnerships provided by our local community members. Thanks to Professor Ramoutar for coordinating this presentation.
Preschool Visits SEP
Our afternoon Discovery Preschool students shared valentines cards throughout Smith Hall last week. Thanks for sharing some love!
Faculty Presentations
Dr. Bastien Valence and Dr. Muthersbaugh were both asked to present at the NPUC elementary curriculum committee. Valenca shared her ongoing research on small schools and Muthersbaugh presented her study into using journals in elementary mathematics.
SEP Clubs 
Education Club Creates Cards
Ed club invited people to create Valentines Day cards for students from Rogers Elementary, as well as friends and loved ones. The event was held in the WWU University Church Junior Room.
Psychology Club Gifts Bright's Candy
Thanks to Psychology Club for providing treats last week to celebrate Valentine's Day at Bright's Candit’s in downtown Walla Walla!
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
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 Literature Selection
We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know by Traci Sorell and Frané Lessac.  IM 973.04 So68

Traci Sorell, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, explores twelve topics important to Native Americans’ experiences. The topics are introduced in a storyline of presentations made by students at an Indigenous People’s Day fair. Helpful information at the end of the story includes a time line beginning in 1871 when the United States quit making treaties with Native Nations. It is followed by a glossary explains some of the complex terms.

Job Postings & More Information 
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.

Washington Educator Career Fair
The 2022 Washington Educator Career Fairs in Spokane (March 15, 2022) and Tacoma (March 22, 2022) are coming soon! We have hundreds of school districts signed up and school districts are in need of teachers.  If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Kim Holland at

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.

Teaching Position in Kelowna, Canada
Okanagan Christian School in Kelowna, BC is looking to add two teachers for next school year, a lower elementary teacher (Grades 1/2 or 2/3) and a math/science teacher for Grades 7-9.  We have several WWU graduates on our faculty and would be pleased to consider adding more!  For more information or to apply, contact Administrator Joel Gregg at 250-860-5305 (work) or 250-258-7288 (cell).

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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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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