STARBASE Indiana-Indianapolis is located at Stout Army Air Field which serves as the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard. Cold Spring School students and officials cut a red ribbon to officially open the STARBASE Indianapolis campus, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr attended the opening of this location. Stout Field was built in the 1920s by the city of Indianapolis as a municipal airport & a home for the Indiana National Guard, and now serves as the Joint Forces Headquarters of the Indiana National Guard.
STARBASE Indiana - Indianapolis Staff
Brande Morgan - "Bubbles" - Deputy Director
Brande Morgan grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She attended St. Vincent De Paul Elementary and North Side High School. After high school, she joined the Air Force and was stationed at Charleston AFB, South Carolina for four years. Brande earned her Bachelors of Science in Education from IPFW allowing her to teach middle school math and science. While attending IPFW she worked with the First Lego League as a teamwork judge. She is currently serving in the Air National Guard in Fort Wayne in the Services Field. In addition to teaching 5th graders at STARBASE, Brande previously coordinated the STARBASE 2.0 after school program for 6th-8th grades. Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Urban League partnered with STARBASE to make the afterschool program a reality.
In 2014, Brande accepted the position of Deputy Director down in Indianapolis. She has two daughters, Haley and Mackenzie and they are all adjusting well to the Indianapolis scene. She looks forward to the new challenges that this position will offer! Stop in and see her anytime at Stout Field.
Russell Balliet "Boulder" - Teacher
Russell Balliet was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended San Diego State University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in geology. Shortly after, he moved to Indiana where he attended Purdue University for graduate work in geological sciences. While at Purdue he taught and coordinated the introductory geology labs and conducted research related to geoscience education. Russell also interned with ExxonMobil and was a guest professor with Austin Peay State University’s geology department for a year where he taught geology and environmental science. After graduating from Purdue with his Phd, Russell went on to do science education research at Indiana University where he worked on several projects related to understanding kids interest in science and how to keep them interested in science topics and careers. Russell is excited about the opportunity to share his passion for science with kids and hopefully inspire them to pursue STEM careers
Kathryn Johnston - "Be-bop" - Teacher
Kathryn Johnston was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and as part of an active military family Kathryn moved all across the country. After high-school she attended West Virginia State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While attaining her BS degree she worked as a substitute teacher for grades K-12 where she taught a wide range of subjects. At the college level she assisted her professors in teaching Biology and Microbiology lectures and labs. After graduating she taught Physics and Biology at Denham Springs High School in Louisiana while taking graduate courses in Immunology at Southeastern Louisiana University. Kathryn moved to Indianapolis in 2013 and began a career in environmental compliance, but ultimately decided her true passion was to teach science. She looks forward to sharing her love of science, and her passion for teaching with the youth of Indianapolis.
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