Regional ASTE Board Members

Dr. Regina Toolin, Chair and Director

Dr. Regina Toolin is an Associate Professor of STEM Education in the DOE at the University of Vermont and NEASTE Regional Director. Her research focuses on STEM classrooms that are grounded in principles of project and place-based education. Her teaching interests include curriculum, instruction, and assessment and diversity issues in STEM education. She is Principal Investigator of the NSF Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at UVM and the GEAR-UP CREST Program. Dr. Toolin is an editorial board member for the Journal of Science Education and Technology and has published her research pertaining to science teaching and learning in The Science Teacher, Science Education, International Journal of Science Education, and the Journal of Science Education and Technology.

Dr. Sheila Borges Rajguru

Dr. Sheila Borges Rajguru is the Assistant Director of the Center for K-12 STEM Education, NYU Tandon School of Engineering. As the Center's STEAM educator and researcher she works with engineers and faculty to provide professional development to K-12 STEM teachers with a focus on social justice. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on two NSF-grants that provide robotics/mechatronics PD to science, math, and technology teachers. In addition, she is the projects director of the ARISE program. This full-time, seven-week program includes: college level workshops and seminars, and a high level research experience in NYU faculty labs. Her commitment to diversity and equity is paramount to her work in STEAM and activism. As a former Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and biomedical scientist in immunology Dr. Borges balances the world of what scientists do and brings that to STEAM education in order to provide culturally relevant professional development and curricula that aligns to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Her free time is spent hiking, growing spiritually, and enjoying her family and friends.


Dr. Kristina Hopkins, Co-Chair

Dr. Kristina Hopkins is a graduate of the doctoral program in Science Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral work was centered around the utility of neuroscience as a context for graduate students to better understand the complex nature of science. Since graduation, Kristina has transitioned to working at the university level through a scientific publisher, Elsevier. Elsevier offers many electronic databases familiar to many STEM educators, including ScienceDirect, Scopus, and Mendeley. Through this role, Kristina engages with key faculty researchers and libraries across the world to increase STEM research productivity, collaboration, and efficiency.