STARBASE Indiana-Fort Wayne was founded at the 122nd Fighter Wing, Fort Wayne Air National Guard Base, Indiana by Col David Augustine (Ret). We welcomed our first class on February 14, 2012, and have been proudly serving the teachers and youth of Northeast Indiana ever since. The 122nd Fighter Wing flies the A-10 Thunderbolt II out of the Air National Guard Base in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Fort Wayne International Airport is adjacent to the base and is also known by its original name, Baer Field.  Baer Field was named for 1st Lieutenant Paul Baer, a World War I veteran and Fort Wayne native.

 

STARBASE Indiana - Fort Wayne Staff

Executive Director: Tom “Beaker” Foltz

Tom Foltz was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Carroll High School.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Earlham College and attended Arizona State University for graduate work in Planetary Geology and Astrobiology. Before joining the STARBASE Indiana team, he spent more than 17 years leading STEM programs at Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, at the Challenger Space Center in Phoenix, Arizona and at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in Fort Wayne. To date, Tom has presented programs to over 75,000 students and has led over 1,000 simulated space missions. He served as part of a NASA Explorer School team and was selected as one of 15 educators from across the country to be a NASA Galileo Europa Mission Educator Fellow. In 2014, he was named Chapter Teacher of the Year by the Air Force Association, and received the Science-STEM Education Award from the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. He was awarded a Teacher Creativity Fellowship from the Lilly Endowment in 2016 and used it to complete the Project PoSSUM Citizen-Scientist Astronaut training program. His wife is a High School French teacher and together they have two daughters, Celeste and Nora.

 

 

Academy Director: Evan “Beast” Smith

Evan Smith was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Bishop Luers High School. He attended Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne and graduated with a Bachelors in secondary education with a middle school endorsement. He has taught a variety of classes for the past 11 years in the social studies, mathematics, and technology fields.

In addition, he has a lovely wife (Claire) who also is a teacher; as well as a daughter (Bernadette) and a son (Percival).

Evan is thrilled to be teaching students in Fort Wayne with a STEM focused education.

 

Instructor: Victoria “Beetle” Wilson

Victoria Wilson was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, right outside Downtown. She has work with elementary aged children since she was in her teens. She studied Elementary Education at Indiana Purdue University-Fort Wayne, earning a Bachelor's degree with a concentration in Science.  Victoria travels often overseas to Ethiopia, Haiti, and El Salvador for educational outreach and missionary initiatives. She  has also worked in ministry as Children’s Director for 1st- 5th grade students at her local church. In 2017, Victoria was awarded the Air Force Association (AFA) Teacher of the Year Award.

 

 

Outreach / 2.0 Coordinator: Forrest “Brown Bear” Feuer

Forrest Feuer was born in La Jolla, CA and graduated high school in Highland, UT. After high school Forrest moved to Indiana where he attended IPFW for two years, before transferring to Purdue's main campus. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife, and a minor in Anthropology. Forrest's wide range of science experience and interest have led him to work at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo's Aquariums and Science Central to name a few. Additionally, he serves his nation as a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, and his community as a Licensed Foster Parent. Forrest and his wife have three biological children, and two foster children.

 

Office Manager: Teresa “BUTTERFLY” Burns

Teresa Burns was born in Bolivia, South America. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Upper Iowa University and her Master’s Degree in Business

Administration (MBA) from Capella University.  Teresa is married to Mike, a SGM in the United State Army with 24 years of service and they have two children; Teresa and Shamus who are currently pursuing their studies at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.  Due to their continuous moves in the Military, Teresa has a wide range of experience as Program Assistant for Corporate Compliance and Adult Social/Psychiatric Services, in the Education System as a Parent Liaison, and within the Healthcare as a Program and Medical Assistant for Military Hospitals and the Veteran Affairs Health Care Systems as well as a Family Readiness Liaison and Volunteer Coordinator

for various military organizations within the Army.

 

 

 

Have any questions? Email any of our locations for details:

Fort Wayne  (260) 478-3712

Indianapolis (317) 247-3502

South Bend (317) 247-3300 ext. 88834

Gary (317) 247-3300 ext. 85341

 

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