Featured Director

Katheryn Ganster is the director of STARBASE Goodfellow, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.  She is originally from Fort Valley, Georgia and has since lived in various states, South Korea, and England.  Katheryn studied Business Administration at Middle Georgia College and later graduated from Georgia College and State University in 1997 with her business degree.  In 2000, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Florida International University in Miami.  Later, Katheryn went on to get her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Phoenix. 

Katheryn’s exposure to STARBASE goes back over twenty years.  She first heard about STARBASE in 1995, when her husband’s boss, Colonel Charles Ferguson, mentioned the program that was just starting at Robins Air Force Base.  Years later, after receiving her education degree, teaching in different states as well as DOD schools, and moving all around the world with her Air Force husband, she was given the opportunity to teach at STARBASE Maxwell, where she fell in love with the STARBASE program.  Due to her husband’s career, she had to leave this amazing program and move again.   

In August 2016, the Air Force took her family back to Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, TX.  Having lived in San Angelo two other times, Katheryn realized there was a need for a program like STARBASE.  The San Angelo community and the base embraced the possibility of having a STARBASE program and what it could do for the students and the community.  STARBASE Goodfellow opened its doors to the 5th graders of San Angelo, Texas, September 25, 2017 and has served 13 schools and over 700 students thus far.  STARBASE Goodfellow will serve over 1,200 students exposing them to STARBASE’s hands-on activities as well as STEM careers located at Goodfellow AFB and the surrounding community. STARBASE Goodfellow’s quick start was due to lots of support from other STARBASE programs, our base personnel, and our community leaders. Thank you!

Katheryn has a special place in her heart for the STARBASE program and loves to see students learn and explore the different areas of STEM.  Katheryn and her husband, Alex, have a few more years left of moving around with the Air Force until they settle down, but she hopes to remain active in the STARBASE program.


Posted February 2018

Katheryn Ganster