M.A, BCBA, LBA
Stacey earned her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from William Woods College, a Master of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from Webster University, and she completed her BCBA coursework through Penn State University and Florida Institute of Technology. She also completed 18 hours of graduate coursework in the area of autism and Asperger Syndrome through KU. Her teaching credentials include regular education grades 1-8 and special education K-12. In May, 2015, she retired from the Lee’s Summit School District after 30 years, the last 24 of which were spent as an autism/behavior specialist. In 2015, Stacey was honored to be the closing keynote speaker at the National Autism Conference. In 2022, Stacey was recognized as the Outstanding Educator of Students with Autism at Richard L. Simpson Conference on Autism. What Stacey enjoys most about being a BCBA is watching a child learn to do something they couldn’t do the day before and training educators on new ways to teach children with ASD and challenging behavior. Passionate about staff training and professional development, she has trained hundreds of educators across Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska on how to design and implement effective programs for children with ASD and challenging behavior. Stacey has been married to Jeff for 32 years, and they have two sons, Spencer, age 29 and Trevor, age 25. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and being outside.
Kaye Otten is a board certified behavior analyst with an doctorate in special education specializing in emotional, behaviral, and autism spectrum disorders and an adjunt professor at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. Kaye has over twenty-five of experience in public and private schools most recently as behavioral and autism specialist for the Lee’s Summit R-VII School District in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has held positions as both a general and special educator and has experience working with all ages, ability levels, and disability categories. Kaye is the Co-Founder of Camp Encourage, a not for profit organization which provides one of the only overnight camps in the United States for children with autism spectrum disorders. She is the co-author of How to Reach and Teach Children with Challenging Behavior: Practical Ready-To-Use Strategies that Work.