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Dean’s Desk  
February 08, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Mental, Physical, and Spiritual Growth
One of my favorite pursuits is learning new things and expanding my knowledge in areas outside my work expectations. I believe this provides a ways to support my mental growth exponetially. However, recently I was reminded that we are not just knowledge-based beings but also have the unique capacity to experience a spiritual life. George Knight's (2006/2016) books on philosophy of education reminds me that to live a whole life I need to focus not only on my mental cognitive skills, but also the physical and spiritual dimensions to be truly whole. This balance improves wellbeing by focusing on each area of my life and interrelationships. The role of education is to be restored to God's image, mentally, physically and spiritually. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 

Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and people. ~ Luke 2:52

Calendar of Events
8 SEP Office Open, Monday, 8-12 noon
SEP Office Open, Tuesday, 1-4 pm
10 WWU Career Fair, 2-5 pm, Handshake app
15-17 ASDASA Leadership Conference, online

15 Registration for Spring 2021 opens for Sophomores
22 Registration for Spring 2021 opens for Freshman
Faculty Staff Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
15-17 Final Exams
18-28 Spring Break
28 Return to Campus for COVID Testing
29 Spring Quarter Begins
Education and Psychology News
Career Center Offers Networking Event
This winter, the WWU Career Center is excited to partner with Handshake to run career fairs in a virtual format geared towards our students from across all majors. This fair is scheduled for Wednesday, February 10, 2020, 2:00-5:00 p.m. virtually via Handshake. The cost to join the event is $15.00. 
Register for the Career Fair here
Virtual "Field" Work
Last week students in EDUC 382 Elementary Social Studies methods’ field trip to The REACH Museum. The museum website states that it is "a gathering place of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla, the Wanapum people, and the Nez Perce Tribe who cared for this land since time immemorial." This aligns with WA State Social Studies teaching standards. Leaders of the online event asked our students if they could have a photo as it was their first field trip, which was shared with Professor Maria Bastien Valenca and shown here. Dr. Bastien stated that, "participants did nature journaling and drew the crayfish shown here. (I didn’t know how many legs they had before this!!!)."
Curriculum Library
Pathways 2.0
The Curriculum Library now has 20 titles of the newest Seventh-day Adventist literacy series. Pathways 2.0 follows the same themes as the original series: Heroes, My World, Living Things, Walking with God, Friends and Family, Environment, Personal Feelings, Yesterday, and Social Issues. The anchor book for each theme is used to teach reading, writing, spelling, and grammar. The teacher daily lesson guide provides detailed instructions, worksheets, and cross-curriculum connections. While there are eight grade levels, multi-grade classrooms may choose to alternate even and odd years, teaching two grades together with the same text.
Winter Quarter Hours
  • Mon. - 9:00 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Tue.  - 9:00 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Wed. - 9:00 am to noon; 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Thu.  - 9:00 am to noon; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Fri.    - 9:00 am to noon

Library Director Franice Stirling is happy to consult with you regarding Curriculum Library (CL) materials that might be appropriate for your lessons or projects. She is available by phone 509-527-2221 during the mornings. You may also send her an email at and she will get back to you the next morning. 

Visit the Curriculum Library website

Book of the Week
Lifting as We Climb, Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne. Viking, 2020.
From emancipation leaders to suffrage societies to anti-voter-suppression advocates, Dionne follows the Black women who have struggled to bring equity to American democracy.  Especially disheartening is the chronicle of racist arguments used to promote women’s right-to-vote. The fight continues against state laws aimed at making voting difficult for people of color. Numerous breakout boxes give the highlight of various individuals mentioned in the text.  

Discovery Preschool
Preschool Enrollment
Discovery Preschool offers learning activities and socialization for kids ages 3-5 in a loving Christian atmosphere. Mornings run from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and soon we hope to re-open afternoons. Staff and students are following COVID friendly guidelines. This is an important laboratory setting for both education and psychology classes, including literacy, elementary mathematics, and human development. University students also have the opportunity to be employed as teaching assistants throughout the day. We're located at the corner of College Avenue and West Whitman Drive. For more information, email Stacy at
Learn more about Discovery Preschool here
Discovery Preschool gets a new outdoor storage cart (left), and celebrates crazy hair day (right).
More Information 
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:
Teaching Positions Available 
Chestnut Hill Academy located in Bellevue, WA is now HIRING Washington State Certified Teachers. For over 20 years Chestnut Hill Academy has been dedicated to developing global leaders one child at a time. The founders of the school focused on the development of the whole child — their intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and character development. This remains the aim of Chestnut Hill Academy today. To learn more, you can visit our school website here APPLY TODAY visit at:  or contact Chandra Gonzales 253.228.1461and

Neil D. Prescott Scholarship Available for Education Students
The Washington State School Retirees’ Association is offering a one-time scholarship for $1,000 for students presently pursuing a Masters-In-Teaching Certificate in each of its eight regions in the state. An applicant’s “region” is determined by the location of the public high school he or she attended. The funds will be sent to the applicant’s college/university to be applied towards their account. The Neil D. Prescott Scholarship application is available online at Applications are due March 1, 2021.

WEST-B Practice Tests
Starting January 12, 2021, Washington teacher candidates have access to a free, interactive, full-length practice test for each of the Washington Educator Skills Test—Basic (WEST—B) subtests. These new preparation resources offer candidates a realistic online experience similar to their actual testing experience.  

Each practice test will be accessible from the WEST program website and will include the same number of scorable items offered on operational test forms. After completion and submission of each practice test, candidates will receive immediate results showing performance on multiple-choice questions. They may also review each item along with the correct response and an explanation of why the response is correct. For WEST-B Writing, written assignments include sample responses that provide an opportunity for candidates to compare their response to the sample responses to gauge performance and identify ways to improve their responses when taking their actual test. 

Access the WEST-B practice site here
Summer 2021 SPED Positions Available
Walla Walla School District is planning on offering specially designed instruction for many of their special education students next summer. If you are WWU SEP special education student and interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Amanda Ramoutar.
Student Teaching Resource Personnel
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh     School of Education and Psychology Dean
Mishelle Castiglioni   Certification Officer
Emily Appel Student Teaching Placement Officer
Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca Elementary Professor of Record 
Dr. Brian Hartman Secondary Professor of Record
Professor Amanda Ramoutar Special Education Professor of Record
Leslie Briggs University Student Teaching Supervisor
Lori Kissinger University Student Teaching Supervisor
Sue Westergard University Student Teaching Supervisor
Wafia Kinne edTPA Coordinator
Please contact Mishelle at 509-5207-2211 or Emily at 509-5207-2210 and they will direct you as needed.
Walla Walla University
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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