Dr. Mary Peoples has been an amazing asset to Cerro Coso Community College. She is known to be open and receptive to discuss any issues with not only students, but faculty and staff as well.
Her enthusiasm for education and psychology filtered into her classrooms as she imparted wisdom and the ability to think and be creative to college students.
“I envy these students today going into the field of psychology,” said Dr. Peoples. “Technology now allows us to see what goes on in a live brain and the information is exciting and endless.”
Dr. Peoples has served the college with distinction since 2001. Prior to joining the college as the Director of the Special Services Department (now ACCESS Programs) she spent many years as a psychologist, speech and language therapist, and elementary school teacher. She later took a position as a full-time professor of psychology at the college and served as the Department Chair for Social Sciences and was an active member of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
Originally from Michigan, Dr. Peoples’ met her husband Bob in Rhode Island. When he retired from the US Navy he took a job at NAWS, China Lake. “I always said I would follow him to the ends of the earth,” she laughs. “I just didn’t think he would take me up on it.”
The two have lived in the valley for 28 years and raised three sons: Eric, Daniel, and Jeffery.
In retirement Dr. Peoples plans to continue her studies in neuropsychology and spend as much time as she can with her two grandchildren London (4) and Emerson (14 months).
“I never dreamed I would get my doctorate and have the amazing career I have had. I could not have done it without the influence and support of my wonderful husband Bob,” she concluded.
Dr. Peoples holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Central Michigan University, a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Rhode Island College, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the American Behavioral Studies Institute.