Philip Peeples

Philip Peeples

School Counselor of the Year

Moreno Valley Online Academy
Moreno Valley Unified School District


“I am humbled and honored to receive this award for a purpose I truly believe in and love. Building long and lasting relationships with students and parents is an honor I cherish, and I would not be able to do my job without the support of many people. I would like to thank Mrs. Mattox and Dr. Kedziora for your unwavering commitment to the education of the whole child. To my parents, for your unconditional love, for without that I would not be who I am today. To all the school counselors in MVUSD, thank you for what you give ALL students, your love, encouragement, and guidance are worthy of praise. To my best friend and beautiful wife of 24 years, thank you for blessing me with two wonderful and courageous kids while supporting me on this journey we have been on for many years.”


Soccer coach, college and career fair presenter, accreditation coordinator, SAT test center supervisor, high school master scheduler, AVID counselor, and a “whatever it takes” educator are just a few of the roles that Philip Peeples has played during the last few years of his two decades in education. His desire to fight complacency by asking the question of “why” has led to increased rigor and elevating the bar of student expectations through data-driven decisions that improve student success. As a counselor, “Own YOUR Own Path” is a philosophy that Philip communicates to his students in order to help them take responsibility for decision-making in their educational lives and beyond. He has been described as “a tenacious advocate for our students” and an “indomitable spirit that spreads optimism.” Most importantly, colleagues report that they have witnessed how students “thrive under his guidance and leadership.”