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Dean’s Desk  
May 18, 2020
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community
Love Like Jesus
From his thoughts on the story of the Prodigal Son, Henri Nouwen noticed that people are looking for role models who are willing to "embrace love, empathize, be present and forgive freely." This type of love includes accepting each other without conditions. Love, acceptance, and forgiveness are not natural qualities but can be cultivated by spending time with the One who is the complete embodiment of unconditional love. Nouwen wrote that we can become more like Christ in the following way: "I have to kneel before the Father, put my ear against his chest and listen, without interruption, to the heartbeat of God. Then, and only then, can I say carefully and very gently what I hear. I know now that I have to speak from eternity into time, from the lasting joy into the passing realities of our short existence in this world, from the house of love into the houses of fear, from God's abode into the dwellings of human beings." Like the father of the Prodigal Son, may we continue to strive to love unconditionally through the strength we gain from time in close contact with our own heavenly Father. ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. ~ Romans 12:10, NIV
Calendar of Events
18-22 NADOE Meetings
19 Awards Community
25 Memorial Day, Classes will not meet
28 PEAB Spring Meeting

1-5 Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
4 Virtual Psychology Research Symposium, 1:00 p.m.
8-10 Spring Quarter Final Exams
14 Graduation, 10 am
14 Teacher Dedication Service, following graduation
21 Father's Day
22 Summer Courses Begin
30 Graduate Hooding, WWU, 2 pm
Education and Psychology
Graduation Weekend
Sunday, June 14, 2020 marks the completion preparation. Many will be going out to careers as psychologists or teachers. Others will begin graduate school to further their education. Wherever your path takes you, know we are proud of you and your accomplishments. Some of the virtual events coming that weekend include:
  • Graduation Ceremony, 10:00 am
  • Teacher Dedication Service, immediately following graduation exercises. This event is to celebrate the completion of teacher preparation. Speakers include two recent education program graduates sharing experiences from their first year teaching and Neria Sebastien giving the teacher charge. Students will be receiving a package to be opened at the time of this event. 
  • Psychology Recognition, time and details TBD.
PEAB Student Teaching Portfolio Reviews
Each spring graduating teacher candidates present portfolios of completed work showcasing certification requirements, sample teaching units, and other documents related to successful completion of their program. Typically this is part of our Professional Educator Advisory Board (PEAB), which meets this year virtually via Zoom on Thursday, May 28. Students will present portfolios to one board member and one faculty member during the week of June 1-5. This meeting will be arranged by our administrative team so be watching for an email in the coming week.
Where are They? - Faculty Edition
Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca and son Sebastien find inspiration to work at home from some of their favorite four-legged family members. She shares that, "to be honest, they have not helped a lot with the academic side of things but Dakota has been great about making sure everyone gets exercise." It also looks like he might be tired out from guarding his textbook.
Special Education Master's Degrees Fully Online
Do you want to help students in your classroom through the challenges they face? If you are a practicing certified elementary or secondary teacher, you can earn your master’s degree in special education (M.Ed. or M.A.T.) at Walla Walla University. Teachers who enroll in our SPED program:
     • Enjoy the flexibility of a fully online format.
     • Complete the program in one or two years, or in a flexible  part-time plan.
     • May be eligible to receive a discounted graduate tuition rate.
Visit with our master's program advisor today
 by emailing or calling 509-527-2211. Learn more and apply today at We would love to help you reach your goals!
Special Education Undergraduate Endorsement
We also offer an undergraduate special education endorsement that can be added to your teacher education degree. Visit with our Phase 1 education advisor today at or special education program director at to talk more with you about what it means to be a special education teacher!
Stats of the Week
Discovery Preschool
Discovery Preschool teachers know children's play is their work.
Curriculum Library
Museums are closed, but their websites are open for browsing and learning. Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is located in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. The home page is currently displaying blogs about nurse innovations, disaster board games, and one-way supermarket aisles. Under “Invention Stories” are articles archived from previous exhibitions. The one about women inventors has sixteen short summaries of inventions made by women: Another tab features inventions by geographic areas. The “Beyond Words” tab features only audio/visual information about inventions. Explore this museum and come away without sore feet.
MEMES in the Time of COVID-19
Find the Latest WWU COVID-19 Response Information @
Other News
To learn more about teaching positions at Yongsan International School of Seoul contact
Part-Time Teacher Needed
Are you looking to work part time next year or are taking a gap year and are wanting to work on a task force basis? Principal Judelle Johnson says, "Poulsbo Adventist School [PAS] in Kitsap County, WA is a one-room school and we are looking to hire a part-time teacher for next school year to teach either the lower or upper elementary grades, depending on the applicant's experience." For more information contact Principal Johnson at 360.779.6290 or email PAS Mission Statement: "To grow in a safe school community committed to Jesus, learning, relationships, and physical health."
History, Bible, and Science Teacher Position
Rogue Valley Adventist School has an opening for grades 7-10 history, biology, earth science, and Bible teacher for the 2020-2021 school year. The principal there states that Medford, where the school is located, is a great place to live if you like the outdoors. If you or someone you know might be interested in this teaching position, contact Principal Ann Campbell at
Tutoring Available Online at Student Development Center
Learn more at:
Elementary Teacher Needed Next Year in Iowa 
The Muscatine Seventh-day Adventist Church has a small school and is looking for a teacher to begin teaching in the 20/21 school year. If you are interested in finding out more about this position, you can Dwayne Paul at  
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
Debbie Smart, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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