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Dean’s Desk  
March 1, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Winter's Ending
The final throes of winter fade,
And life is again renewed.
The chilling bite of winter's blade is
Broken by spring's light dew.
Now light touches once again.
All things beautiful and green
While blossoms bloom with brilliant reds
And fragrant flowers make the scene.
Quiet brooks flow ever on
With melted snow as fuel
To quench the thirst of newborn fawn
And haste life's great renewal!

Published: March 2017, Copyright © Jrlinson

As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. ~Genesis 8:22 NIV

Calendar of Events
Faculty Staff Assembly, 5-6:30 pm, Teams
5 Schofield Scholarships Due
10 NAD UDOED, dean, Zoom
11 Professional Educators Advisory Board, 1-3 pm, Zoom
11 NPUC BOE, dean, Zoom
15-17 Final Exams
18-28 Spring Break
28 Return to Campus for COVID Testing
29 Spring Quarter Begins

4 Easter Sunday
12 Full-Year 2021-2022 Registration Opens for Seniors and Juniors
14 UCC Board of Education, dean, Zoom
19 Fall Quarter Registration Opens for Sophomores 
22-25 Homecoming Weekend, Virtual events
30 CEED iGrant Meeting, Zoom

6 NPUC BOE, dean, Zoom
9 Mother's Day
17-20 NAD Year-end Advisory, dean, Zoom
31 Memorial Day, No Classes
Education and Psychology News
Psychology Club 
Last week the psychology club celebrated by offering a free drink to members at the Atlas. All members had to do was to go to the Atlas during their regular hours, tell them they were part of the club, and they got the drink of their choice. It's great being part of the psychology club!
Schofield Education Scholarship Applications
This scholarship was created to provide funds for WWU students studying to become professional elementary and secondary educators. Scholarships are competitive based on character, merit and need. There are two different applications, please read the instructions carefully for those wanting to be considered for the 2021-2022 year.  Depending on if you are a new applicant or re-applying there are different requirements. The instructions are outlined in the linked document for the respective application that applies to you.

New applications to the Schofield Education Scholarship:
If you have not applied to the Scholarship before you will need to fill out the new applicant application:

Renewing applicant to the Schofield Education Scholarship:
If you have applied to the Scholarship before you will need to fill out the renewal application

Please note, that graduating seniors this school year are not eligible since the scholarship applies to the 2021-2022 school year. Applications are due March 5, 2021. Please return your completed application and additional documentation required to Mishelle Castiglioni at before the due date.
CEED Updates
The advisory board for the Center for Educational Equity and Diversity met recently to review the center's initiatives, including us of the 2021-2023 iGrant, partnerships with the Donal Blake Center, and the fall quarter Lunch and Learn, among others. It was a good opportunity to hear from local partners on advancing the work of CEED.
Learn more about CEED here
Curriculum Library
Loma Linda medical students, Samantha Harris and Devon Scott, have just released their fourth children’s book: What Is a Heartbeat? Millie and Suzie visit a family doctor. Book 3 highlights a dermatologist and discusses race. An Orthopedist talks to the girls about bones in book 2. Coronavirus is the subject of book 1. All four titles are free to download at:
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
Box, Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford.  Illus. by Michele Wood.  Candlewick Press, 2020.
Henry Brown, an enslaved person, mailed himself in a box from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His life story is told in the first-person using poems of six lines each to represent the sides of a box. The author used Henry’s Brown own account in her retelling.The book has been given a Newbery Honor for 2021.

Discovery Preschool
Winter Quarter in the Preschool
Discovery Preschool serves as a lab setting for our School of Education and Psychology students. It offers learning activities and socialization for kids ages 3-5 in a loving Christian atmosphere. Mornings run 8:00 am to 11:30 am and afternoons 12:15 pm to 3:45 pm. We offer flexible days to fit families schedules. Staff and students follow COVID friendly guidelines. The preschool is located in Smith Hall at the corner of College Avenue and Whitman Drive. For more information email
Discovery Preschool gets a new outdoor storage cart (left), and celebrates crazy hair day (right).
Learn more about Discovery Preschool here
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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