Kristen Kolka served as an adjunct in the Mathematics Department from fall 2010 to spring 2013 before being hired as a full-time Mathematics Instructor in fall 2013. A member of a family with deep roots in northern Rockland, Kolka is especially pleased to be passing on her “deep passion” for mathematics to RCC students on a full-time basis and reinforcing her conviction that “a solid mathematics foundation is essential for success in any career.”
Kolka earned a BS in Mathematics and an MA in Secondary Education, both from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. She taught high school math for three years, from 2006 to 2009, in New York and Connecticut. With aspirations of pursuing another career, she returned to school to obtain an MA in applied mathematics and statistics from Hunter College, CUNY. While completing her degree, she served as an adjunct at both RCC and Dominican College. After researching other professions, she decided that teaching at the college level was the most gratifying career path for her, and that RCC was the ideal fit for her.
- BS Mathematics, Sacred Heart University, 2005
- MA Teaching, Secondary Education, Sacred Heart University, 2006
- MA Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Hunter College, CUNY, 2012
- “Forty under 40” award from Rockland Economic Development Corporation, 2014