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Dean’s Desk  
April 11, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

How is Your Grit?
Understanding who we are can be a lifelong pursuit, but identity can also be easy depending on your perspective. Psychologist Angela Duckworth's research on grit and achievement show some interesting points. "Identity influences every aspect of our character, but it has special relevance to grit. Often our passion and perseverance do not spring from a cold, calculating analysis of the costs and benefits of [choices]. Rather, the source of our strength is the person we know ourselves to be." As Christians, our source of strength and identity is who we know God to be living in us. He gives us the strength to persevere in the pursuit of who we are. I am enough, I can do all things I need to do, through God, and He is the one who gives me strength to be the person I was meant to be. 

I can do [and be] all things through Christ who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13.
 

Calendar of Events
April
19 Psychology Research Night, 5-8 pm, SMH, FREE PIZZA!
20 UCC Board of Education, Dean away
22-24 Homecoming Weekend
23 Alumni Weekend, Departmental Supper & Open House, 6:00 pm, SMH 202
26-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed
May
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
June
6-8 Final Exams
10 Psychology Recognition Ceremony, 1:00 pm, UChurch Heubach Chapel
11 Teacher Dedication Ceremony, 3:00 pm, Church 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
Psychology Research Participation Night
Join us in Smith Hall on Tuesday, April 19 to participate in the data collection for our psychology research class. It will be come and go between 5:00-8:00 pm. You can get involved by taking surveys, participating in experiments, and eating FREE PIZZA! 
April U-Days
We loved having our many visitors in the SEP last week. Potential education and psychology students visited our classes, attended information sessions, and talked with advisors. Visiting students joined our Introduction to Education class encounter with Discovery Preschool (pictured above). 
Center for Educational Equity and Diversity (CEED) Updates
We are excited to introduce our new CEED Assistant for the 2021-2022 school year, Aleah Clarke. Aleah is a WWU Junior Elementary Education major and she is looking forward to assisting our team with upcoming projects. 

Keep an eye out for announcements about our events this spring!
Poster Presentations
Education student poster presentations dig deep into secondary teaching strategies.
Free Books!
Stop by the Education & Psychology offices to browse many free books we have to offer! Lots of titles relate to education and psychology topics. Come stop by and find a new book to read outside in the beautiful Walla Walla spring weather.
SEP Clubs 
Clubs on Social Media
Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents). https://www.instagram.com/thepsychstudents/  
Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub). https://www.instagram.com/wwueducationclub
Discovery Preschool
Preschoolers Makes Grapes
Discovery Preschool students went outside to make raisins from grapes in the warmth of Wednesday's sun. This was based on the week's Bible lesson, "I am the vine, you are the branches" in John 15.
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 @ wallawalla.edu/preschool to hold your spot for am or pm. Email Stacy with questions at stacy.maxted@wallawalla.edu
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

Watercress by Andrea Wang.  Illus. by Jason Chin.  IM JL W184

Watercress won the most recent Caldecott Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Asian/Pacific American Library Association’s Picture Book Award, as well as about twenty other special recognitions.  Andrea Wang based the story on her own childhood experience of being a child of immigrants in rural Ohio. Jason Chin found the text also resonated with his family’s experiences.  He chose the style, materials, and colors for the illustrations to reflect both Chinese art and period family photos.

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 www.auaweb.com 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 dvieira@gbaedu.org 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 www.midlandacademy.org for more information.
Developing passionate followers of Christ who love God and serve people.
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.  
Tesorensen@gmail.com 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. www.hilltop.org.

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 msutton@eas-school.com 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: https://centerfortalentedyouth.formstack.com/forms/allprogramsinterest. Or contact Michael du Laney, Sourcing Consultant, Human Resources Department, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY). Email: ctyjob22@jhu.edu | Web: www.cty.jhu.edu/jobs. 

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 randy.thornton@miloacademy.org 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: https://jobs.adventisteducation.org
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School of Education and Psychology
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College Place, WA 99324

Contact
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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