DR. RYAN KASHA
PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS
My background is as follows:
I graduated from a magnet high school as the valedictorian of a class of 400 students in three years. From there, I attended Florida Atlantic University and earned my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics magna cum laude (with high honors). I accomplished this task in three years as well. I also earned my Master’s of Science in Teaching Mathematics and my Master’s of Education in Educational Psychology. I also earned a minor in statistics as well along with my Master’s degrees. I earned both master’s degrees a couple years following my Bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University as well. I also earned and graduated with my Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a specialty in mathematics from FAU. I have a Master's degree in Modeling & Simulation, a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering, and an instructional design in simulations certificate from University of Central Florida. In addition, I have a doctorate of philosophy degree in Modeling and Simulation from University of Central Florida.
In addition to my academic background, I have a variety of teaching experiences ranging from elementary school grades through college including an outreach community center and Kids In Distress. At one point, these accomplishments would have been thought of as impossibilities since I was labeled retarded and had many learning disabilities earlier in my life. My eighth grade year was the first time I made straight A’s in my life and realized my natural talent in math. This was when I realized that I wanted to teach math. My parents and some dedicated teachers have always encouraged me to do my very best in everything, and that I can do anything that I set my mind to. To this very day, I carry this forward. I believe that if you are going to do something, you should put 150 percent into it.
Here is my philosophy about math:
I feel that math should be a fun subject to learn about. I feel that math should not always be a dry and boring subject. This is exactly what math is not to me. I feel that math is like solving a puzzle. Math is a subject of discovery and adventure. It is important to learn the concepts of math and try to make sense of it. Math is not just a bunch of formulas and steps to memorize. Math is all about thinking and problem solving, not rote memorization and tedious calculations.
I hope as you learn that you will see that math is all about thinking and discovery. Math serves us through many different applications and through its inherent thinking skills.
Office: West Campus
Location: Building 5, Room 247
I have an open door policy and invite students to stop by. Students may also make an appointment to see me in addition to my office hours.
My office hours are posted in my syllabus, on my door, and updated here.
M/W 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Office)
M/W 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM (Office/Math Lab)
T/R 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM (Office)
TUESDAY ONLY: 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM (Office)
Friday: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM (via e-mail ONLY)
I am easy to find: Look for me in my office (5-247) or the Math Center (7-240)!
Professor's Slogan: Time, patience, and perseverance will accomplish all worthwhile goals. -Pythagoras