- Ed.D. – Walden University: Higher Education and Adult Learning
- MS – Elmira College: Education; Graduate Certificate in Mark Twain Studies
- BA – Binghamton University: English
- AS – Onondaga Community College
Dr. Hast has been an educator for almost 30 years, teaching all levels from seventh grade through college. She has taught at Houghton College Utica since its beginning in 2017. She is a Certified Lay Minister with American Baptist Churches of NYS. She has also worked with the NYS Education Department, Questar, and Pearson on various levels of state test development.