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Dean’s Desk  
May 17, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

Psychologist and author Martin Seligman writes extensively about resilience. He synthesizes it into four key factors: 1) focusing on positive emotions such as love, peace, and contentment as opposed to anger, bitterness and sadness; 2) building relationships and connection to community; 3) a sense of meaning that comes through being part of something bigger than ourselves; and 4) a sense of accomplishment and being able to identify something we do well. Author Sheridan Voysey believes all these characteristics can be identified in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount when He blesses those who struggle with emotions, relationships, meaning, and accomplishments. I challenge you to read Matthew 5 this week and be encouraged knowing that God is with you when the storms rage. He can be our resilience.  ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh

“Blessed are those…” Matthew 5.

Calendar of Events
May 14-June 9 Senior Exit Interviews, as scheduled, Teams
17 CEED Event, 4-5:30 pm, Zoom
17 Education Club Organization Meeting, SMH Office 
17-20 NAD Year-end Advisory, Zoom, dean
27 PEAB (Student Teachers Attend), 1-3 pm, Zoom
31 Memorial Day, NO CLASSES
1-4 Review Week
3 WWU Assembly

7-9 Final Exams
11-13 Graduation Weekend
11 Psychology Recognition, 1:00 pm, Zoom
11 Graduate Hooding, 4:00 pm, Centennial Green
12 Teacher Dedication, 3:00 pm, Zoom
13 Commencement, 8:30 am, Centennial Green
21 Summer Session Begins, Online
Education and Psychology News
CEED Event Today at 4:00 pm
Join this event today at Meeting ID: 412 770 2969.
Education Club Info Session Tuesday, 4 pm
All elementary and secondary education majors are invited to get involved in the School of Education and Psychology's (SEP) Education Club. Past events have included bonfires, games nights, and more. Davis Elementary School Christmas party, Those interested in getting more information about this social and service club come to the SEP main offices Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 4:00 pm.
Congratulations to Dr. Gleason for being chosen to speak at this prominent academic event.

Psi Chi Induction  
Psi Chi members for 2021 were inducted into the national psychology honor society Psi Chi Tuesday, May 11. The celebration was held in Smith Hall .  To be considered for this honor, undergraduate students should have completed at least three semesters of full-time coursework at an institution of higher education and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) that ranks in the top 35 percent of their class. Undergraduate students must have completed nine semester hours (or fourteen quarter hours) of psychology courses for which they have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. These standards are in accordance with the minimum standards of the Association of College Honor Societies. Their website states,"Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology."  

Pictured above left to right are
Olivia Zane, Brooke Thompson, Austin Archer (sponsor), LauraKaye Reyes, Rose Froelich. Not pictured, Jennifer Vidales.

School of Education and Psychology Graduation Events
Sunday, June 13, 2021 marks the completion of university education for many students. Some of you will be going out to careers as psychologists or teachers. Others will begin graduate school to further your education. Wherever your path takes you, know we are proud of you and your accomplishments. Some of the events for our School of Education and Psychology graduates include:

  • Psychology Recognition, Friday, June 11, 1:00 pm. This Zoom event highlights the journey each psychology graduating senior has taken and is going to take in the future. Your psychology professors and Psychology Club officers will lead in the service.
  • Master's Degree Hooding Ceremony and Commencement, Friday, June 12, 4:00 pm on Centennial Green. Tickets required to attend this in-person event.
  • Teacher Dedication Service, Saturday, June 12, 3:00 pm on Zoom at This event celebrates the completion of teacher preparation. Speakers include recent education program graduates sharing experiences from their first year teaching, among others. 
  • Graduation Commencement, Sunday, June 13, 8:30 am on Centennial Green. Tickets required to attend. Learn more about graduation events at 

COVID Protocol Reminders 
Facial coverings are required in indoor areas such as classrooms, laboratories, hallways, lobbies, restrooms and other common spaces. Reasonable exceptions to this requirement will include outdoor settings when there is an ability to physically distance from others, certain approved athletics practices and contests, when employees are alone in their private offices, and students are alone or with roommates in residence hall rooms or apartments. Masking will be required whenever outdoor physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Your continued vigilance is important to helping us continue spring quarter without significant interruption. Thank you for maintaining 6’ of social distancing, and for respecting (and protecting) those around you with appropriate mask use.

For questions about COVID-19 response and safety tools, email

Curriculum Library
Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.  Penguin Random House, 2020.
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Winner of the 2021 Coretta Scott King author award, Jacqueline Woodson addresses the impact pro-football can have on a family.  ZJ ‘s dad has been a neighborhood hero, because of his pro-football career.  Everything changes when his dad begins to have terrible headaches, forgets things and becomes angry.  In blank verse ZJ longs for the good times he and his father used to have.  He is sustained in the hard times by his friends and his hope for a future cure.
Spring Quarter at the Curriculum Library
The Curriculum Library, located on the third floor of Smith Hall, offers limited, in-person access Spring Quarter.  The main room will accommodate six persons, the textbook room – three, and the Maker Space – two.  You may phone ahead to reserve a time, but walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.  All users will check-in at the desk and receive disposable gloves if they plan to browse or handle materials or equipment. Employees will disinfect areas between users. We look forward to seeing you.
Visit the Curriculum Library website
Discovery Preschool
Introduction to Education Class Visits Preschool
Recently students in the intro to education course who are exploring what it means to be a teacher had the opportunity to visit our own Discovery Preschool. First was a stop at the observation room to get a sense of the layout of the classroom. Next university students were paired with preschoolers to either read books or complete puzzles. Teacher Stacy said the preschoolers really enjoyed the one-on-one interaction and look forward to more learning experiences with the education students.
Discovery Preschool director Stacy Maxted (right) with her morning class of students.
Learn more about Discovery Preschool here
More Information 

Teaching Positions
My name is Josephine Baird-Nye and I help Puget Sound Adventist Academy in Kirkland, WA, with any of their communications/PR needs. I am contacting you to let you know of a wonderful opportunity for your graduating education students.

PSAA is hiring and we would love to fill our positions with a student from your department. We are looking for passionate, knowledgeable teachers who would be interested in joining our tight-knit school community in the beautiful PNW!

We are looking for a full-time math teacher, a part-time Spanish teacher and a part-time art teacher. If you could print off the attached poster or send this information to your education students in an email, we would greatly appreciate it. For those interested in applying, they can email our principal, Ron Jacaban, at

For more information, prospective teachers can learn more about our school at or check us out on Instagram at psaacharks and on Facebook at Puget Sound Adventist Academy.

Please feel free to contact me for more information! We'd love to hire a teacher that was trained at one of our excellent Adventist universities.

Thank you for your help, 
Josephine Baird-Nye

Puget Sound Adventist Academy

WSAC Teacher Education Scholarships
The 2021-22 application for the Student Teaching Grant and Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship is open now through May 17, 2021. Aspiring teachers attending an approved teacher preparation program can apply to both programs using one simple application. Review the minimum qualifications below and contact the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) with any questions. Visit to learn more and apply.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Be enrolled in an approved teacher preparation program at any point between July 1, 2021, and December 31, 2021.
  • Not owe a repayment to any state or federal grant or scholarship, nor be in default on a state or federal student loan.
  • Demonstrate financial need  through the FAFSA or WASFA financial aid application, meeting the following criteria: 
  • Additional Qualification - Student Teaching Grant
  • Additional Qualifications - Teacher Shortage Conditional Scholarship
    • Intend to pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a statewide shortage area.
    • Commit to fulfilling the service obligation by teaching two years in any endorsement area or one year in a shortage endorsement area as a teacher at a public school in Washington State after receiving residency certification.

Contact Us at, 1-888-535-0747, opt. 6, or

College Place Substitute and Staff Positions Available
We are looking to build our substitute pool - substitute teaching, substitute para, or any of our substitute positions. All of our sub positions are posted online and applications can be submitted online as well. . For more information and to see if you qualify, contact Marissa Waddell, Director of Human Resources, Teaching and Learning, and Title IX Officer, College Place School District, 509.529.5207 ext. 1009.
College Place SPED Teachers Needed
CPPS is looking for a couple of special educators in our buildings. Also, our Special Services Director position is open of your know an administrator who might be looking.  We are happy to train on Special Education...any help would be appreciated! for more information, contact Jim Fry, Superintendent, College Place Public Schools. "Focusing on kids and their learning"
Teachers and Psychologists Needed at Holbrook Indian School
Join the team at Holbrook Indian School in New Mexico. Art, math and elementary teachers needed, as well as psychologists to work one-on-one with students. Education or psychology graduates welcome to apply. Contact Principal Pedro Ojeda at if interested in this opportunity.
Special Education Teacher Needed in Washington State
Inchellium School District is currently seeking candidates for a special education teacher, grades PK-12. Applications can be requested through Contact Kim Spacek at or 509-722-6181 for more information.
Hawaii Teacher Position Openings
Aloha from Miki Nelson, superintendent in the Hawaii Conference. We are looking for some incredible teachers who might be interested in teaching in Hawaii next school year. If interested in learning more, contact Miki Akeo-NelsonSuperintendent of Schools, Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Office: 808.595.7591.
Part-Time Teaching Position in Spokane Area 
The Countryside SDA Church Co-op aims to help students develop spiritually, mentally, and physically by providing an academic and practical skills curriculum based on the Bible, nature, and Spirit of prophecy. With a personal saving relationship with Jesus, a Christ-like character, and well-developed skills, our students will be prepared to proclaim the gospel, glorify their Creator, and meaningfully serve their communities. Interested in applying? Contact the School Board Chairman, Stephen Lingenfelter (, or the church Pastor, Kevin McDaniel (
Full-Time Teaching Positions in Indiana 
Our growing school is looking for 2 teachers for the 2021-2022 school year for our school in Indiana. We are very interested in hiring at least one teacher that is bilingual in English and Spanish. Feel free to reach out to  Vanessa Sloan, principal of Riverview Adventist Christian Academy at (216)375-7978. You can learn more about the school at
Soap Lake School District Special Education Teacher Needed
Soap Lake School District located in Grant County, Washington is hiring a special education teacher this Spring, 
Under the direction of the Building Principal and Director of Special Education, the Special Education Teacher develops and provides specialized instruction to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities with a focus on inclusionary practices; Evaluates and assesses student progress against instructional objectives; Follows state mandated due process procedures and functions as IEP case manager to assigned students.

The teacher creates a positive learning experience and a classroom culture which is a cognitively busy place, characterized by a shared belief in the importance of learning. The teacher establishes high expectations and personal achievements and is a reflective practitioner who actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.

Qualification: Valid WA State Teaching Certificate Required Endorsement: Special Education

Questions? Contact Nadia Turchik (509) 246-1822

Apply online:
Special Education Teacher Needed in Milton-Freewater
Milton-Freewater School District is looking to hire elementary special education teachers. If you are training to be a SPED teacher or are a recent graduate wanting to know more about these positions, contact Margo Piver, Director Special Education/Human Resources, Milton-Freewater Unified School District at 541-938-3551 Ext 7416 or email Feel free to share with anyone that might be interested and direct them to this link to learn more about the opening: 
Sky Valley Adventist School Teacher Position Opening
The fabulous Sky Valley Adventist School in Monroe, Washington is prayerfully seeking a 3rd-5th grade teacher for their amazing students. Sky Valley has a long history in the community and a wonderful and involved support system. Monroe Washington, is close to industries such as Microsoft, Boeing, Facebook, and Amazon but remains an awesome small town with a small town feel. It is also close to awesome mountain recreational activities as well as beach activities. For those looking for the adventures found in larger cities, Seattle, Bothell, Kirkland, and other large cities are a very short drive away. An additional bonus to this fabulous job is the conference support system. The Washington Conference has proven itself as supportive before and throughout the COVID crisis and they love their teachers! The job description and contact information for the Washington Conference Department of Education can be found at   Please feel free to contact Melissa Hammond, principal and K-2nd grade teacher (and WWU alumnus) at   You can also check out the school website at or the facebook
Ohio Conference of SDA Teaching Positions
Ohio Conference is seeking candidates that are available to teach this fall in a variety of schools. We would love to have an opportunity to have some of the finest and best from Walla Walla to join our conference.  To learn more about availableK-12 teaching positions, contact Richard A. Bianco, Superintendent of Schools, Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists by phone at 740.397.4665 ext 131 or email
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 in Bellevue 
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
Summer 2021 SPED Positions Available in Walla Walla
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.
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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