STARBASE Indiana-South Bend opened during a ceremony with students from Greene Intermediate Center and VIPs on Thursday, March 31, 2016. This location is located at the newly renovated National Guard Armory Facility. Founded in 1636 as a citizen force organized to protect families and towns from hostile attacks, today’s National Guard Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while maintaining their military training part time, always ready to defend the American way of life in the event of an emergency.
STARBASE Indiana - South Bend
Matthew Nixon- "Buddy" Deputy Director
Matt Nixon grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. Matt graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Earth/ Space Science. He took that degree and traveled overseas teaching for four years in South Korea and two years in Saudi Arabia. Matt returned home to the US with a family and taught in Indiana before joining the Air National Guard. He currently works for the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne in addition to working for the STARBASE program. Matt has a beautiful wife (Kristie), daughter (Natalie), and son (Connor). He is very excited to be working with students around the South Bend Armory and to be working with the incredible team at the STARBASE.
Sarah Seales - "Buttercup" - Teacher
Sarah Seales moved to Mishawaka from Phoenix, Arizona when she was 9 years old and is still adjusting to the cold and snow in Indiana. She graduated from Penn High School and earned her degree in Elementary Education with Reading Recovery experience from Indiana University of South Bend. She worked at Healthworks! Kids’ Museum for eight years and spent the past two years at the University of Notre Dame working on academic research projects. She is married to her awesome husband and was blessed with 4-year-old boy/girl twins, Reese and Ava, who like to keep her busy. Sarah loves all things Disney and planning family vacations to visit Mickey and Minnie. She completed the Sunburst half-marathon in 2011 and hopes to complete a Run Disney race someday. She is very excited STARBASE Indiana opened in South Bend and loves having fun with the students and sparking their interest in STEM!
Evan Smith - “Beast” - Teacher
Evan Smith was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and graduated from Bishop Luers High School. He attended IPFW and graduated with a Bachelors in secondary education with a middle school endorsement. He has taught a variety of classes for the past ten 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 South Bend with a STEM focused education.
Jackie Lubensky- "Blossom" - Office Manager
Jackie Lubensky grew up in Midwest Indiana. She moved to South Bend in her junior year of high school, graduating from Penn High School. She grew up in a household that encouraged Mathematics and Science. Her father and brother are engineers. Having an aptitude for the arts, drawing and painting, she went off to college in Indianapolis. She graduated from Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis with a degree in Visual Communication and a Minor in Art History. She worked as a professional custom picture framer for fourteen years, traveling and teaching in the northern region of Illinois and Indiana. STARBASE is a perfect home for her, being surrounded by STEM interests and energetic children. She is looking forward to engaging her creative side with some STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities. She has a brand new niece she plans on spoiling rotten. Her two passions are gourmet cooking and mid-century design, and her latest adventure— mastering the ukulele.
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