By Josh Singh
The Earth is our home. It contains almost everything we know, but how often do we learn about those who explain the mysteries of this complex blue rock. Professor Priyanka Banerjie has been teaching Earth Science at Tri-C for four years. Professor Banerjie’s students have called her “kind and passionate” about what she teaches. Even those who dislike learning science will find her class enjoyable.
A student of hers said, “she’s enthusiastic about teaching science and cares about what she’s teaching to her students.’’
Singh: What inspired you to teaching earth science?
Banerjie: I am very passionate about the earth. Everyone talks about changing the planet and if I teach about the Earth, people will become aware of the environment, and the atmosphere. That is my contribution as to how I can make a change.
Singh: Where did you get your degrees?
Banerjie: I got my undergraduate from CSU and later I got my masters from University of Akron.
Singh: Where did you work before Tri-C?
Banerjie: Cleveland Metro Parks, Summit County Metro Parks, Dominion Gas, and in marketing and sales for a polymer company before, I joined Tri-C. I also have a part time job where I do market research sample management, and business analysis.
Singh: If you were not teaching what do you think you would be doing?
Banerjie: I would be writing, I love to write. It’s my second passion. I love writing fiction. I would be writing science fiction or fantasy novels.
Singh: What is a book that you’d highly recommend?
Banerjie: American Gods by Neil Gaiman, The Alchemist, and Bindi is a really good science fiction book
Singh: What advice would you give to college freshmen?
Banerjie: Don’t be shy to go and ask your professor questions after class or even during, especially at a Community College. Feel free to reach out to your professor and express any questions or doubts you may have.
Singh: Who inspires you?
Banerjie: I am inspired by the courage of my friends. I am very inspired by my students and their dedication to come to class. I know a lot of them face circumstances that I would not be able to deal with. My students inspire me to come to my job every week and teach.
SIngh: Do you have a favorite lesson or quote?
Banerjie: Yes. Mother Teresa said “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.”
Professor Banerjie teaches CRN 10670, for students interested in taking a spot in her class.