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Dean’s Desk  
February 14, 2022
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Love, the Greatest Commandment
Throughout the Bible, God gave many guidelines for ways to live a happy life in community and harmony with each other. The commandments in Exodus direct us to honor our parents; not to lie, steal, be jealous or greedy; among others. When Jesus came to Earth in the form of a human being He reiterated these commands as two major categories: love God and love each other. Showing and practicing love is how we show we belong to God. Although we naturally want to love people we like or who are good to us, Luke 6:27 clarifies that this love is meant to be for everyone, even our enemies. "Do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you... Do to others as you would have them do to you." Help me today to follow God's command to love everyone, even those who seem difficult to love.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, dean

One of the [Sadducees questioned Jesus], "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" He replied, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all 
your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: "You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself", that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others. ~ Matthew 22:35-40 AMP 

Calendar of Events
14 Sophomore Registration Opens for Spring
15 Summer ’22 Registration Begins
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, Huebach 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
Smith Hall Celebrates Love
Stop by Smith Hall main office on the second floor to pick up some treats - we have both chocolates and tangerines. "I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you." ~Jeremiah 31:3
Disability Network Guest Speakers
Thursday February 17th, 2022, guest speakers Cyndy Knight and Angie Witt from the Walla Walla Valley Disability Network will be presenting on on campus in SMH 100 at 1:00 pm. They will speak on the following topics:
  • Improving the IEP experience for parents - Use of acronyms/school lingo and how it creates barriers
  • Importance of communication, especially broad school announcements and thoughtful inclusionary practices
  • State support: Developmental Disabilities Administration, and resources for respite, support for caregivers.
  • Local support: WWVDN (I/DD) specific recreation, social, training activities
All are welcome to this event.
Education Social and Interviews
It was a great day to enjoy the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Education Department sponsored events last week. Administrators looking for teacher candidates for both local private and public schools, as well as from around the Pacific Northwest were in attendance. Both graduating seniors and junior education majors attended the morning Zoom Social Meet and Greet as well as the afternoon In-person interviews in Smith Hall.
Pictured l-r: Natasha, Alyssa, Ronnie, and Bradley wait in the hallway for interviews; Sophie, Kenden, and Darla at the Welcome Table.
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.
Grounds Crew
Thank you to our grounds crew for trimming the beautiful trees outside a Smith Hall each year. They said cutting off the suckers will help the tree to fill out in the spring. Watch for those spring blossoms soon to come!
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 at Brights Candy 
What: $5 worth of candy or ice cream When: Today, 2/14 from 9:30am-8pm  Where: Bright’s Candies, 11 E Main St. Walla Walla, WA 99362 IMPORTANT: Before you order let them know that you are a part of Psychology Club from Walla Walla University. Please continue to practice social distancing and wearing your masks to prevent the further spread of Covid-19. 
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.

The Olphabet, “O” No!, an Alphabet Revolt by Jess M. Brallier.  Illus. by Nichola Cowdery.  IM JL B731

The letter “O” is dissatisfied with its position in the alphabet.  It imagines how nice it would be to be first, or to perhaps be next to some favorite letters.  It then considers the cons if it moved to a new position.  Along the way the listeners can practice their ABCs.

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

'22-23 Student Teacher Scholarships
Note the opportunity outlined below for next year's student teachers who graduated from a public high school.

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:

Scholarship Opportunity for Graduates of of Lake Stevens, Glacier Peak, or Snohomish High Schools
Members of the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa are women educators from the Lake Stevens and Snohomish School Districts. They desire to strengthen the status of the teaching profession by offering this $1,500 scholarship annually to a student with either junior or senior status in the fall of 2022 in an accredited program. Applicants must  be either majoring or minoring in education with a planned career in teaching. The deadline is March 31, 2022. To request an application, contact Louise Poier by email: or phone: (360) 568-7875

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:
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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