Meet Your Neighbor is a feature of the Independent that introduces readers to a community member. To receive a profile form or to nominate a neighbor, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Janice Pierson works at Mesa Community College Red Mountain Campus.
Name: Janice Pierson
School: Mesa Community College
How long I have worked in education: 16 years
Why I chose to work for this school: Sally Kroelinger, retired MCC Faculty, asked me to teach a class for the Interior Design program. I started teaching, got involved on campus, a position opened up, and the rest is history.
What I like most about what I do: Each day brings new experiences and goes by in a flash.
Where I came from: Ohio – Go Buckeyes!
What degree(s) I hold and from what institution: Bachelor of Science from Miami of Ohio and Master of Science in Design from Arizona State University.
If I had picked a different occupation, it might have been: Archaeology
What I’m looking forward to the most this school year: My new reassignment as Faculty Developer | PAR Facilitator
My vision for the school: A place for all to learn and grow into the unique individual they want to become.
My top priority for the school this upcoming year: Facilitate greater faculty connections and subsequent sharing of teaching and learning activities.
Favorite community cause & why: Any not for profit that rescues animals. Pets give unconditional love and it breaks my heart to see them treated poorly.
My interests and hobbies: Interior Design, fashion, reading, and of course my dogs (Pumpkin and Vienna).
The best and/or worst time in my life: When I turned 40 I realized with more clarity who I was and could better define my life.
The trait(s) I admire in others: Humor, kindness, and commitment.
People who inspired me (and how): Dr. Denise Guerin. Dr. Guerin was my professor at Miami of Ohio. She believed in me.
My guiding philosophy: Life is what you make it.
How I think students can achieve their potential: Believe in yourself.
My advice to today’s youth: Respond rather than react.
One thing I want students to know about me: My signature themes are: harmony, discipline, positivity, consistency, and communication.
One thing I want parents to know about me: I am good at motivating others.