Angie began her career with The Center for Autism Education in 2002. Over the years, she has held many roles in the agency and became the Executive Director in 2015. Angie is a certified teacher and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lindenwood University. Working in the field of education has always been a passion for Angie. “This career path has changed my life personally and professionally. I really could not imagine doing anything else.”
The purpose of life is to serve , and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer
Stefanie has been with The Center for Autism Education since the start of the agency in 2002. Her background is in Special Education which she studied at Culver Stockton College and The University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her passion has always been working with children and students in an academic environment. “I feel blessed and honored to be able to work with the students and staff that I do everyday. I am very lucky to have a job that I love.”
If a child can’t learn the way we teach maybe we should teach them the way they learn. – Ignacio Estrada
Andrew started working at The Center for Autism Education in July 2005. While at the agency he has worked in almost every facet from Behavior Assistant, to Program Director and Special Education Teacher to his current role as Educational Director. Andrew has his Bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University in Criminal Justice and a Master Degree from Fontbonne University in Special Education.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. -Benjamin Franklin
Support Services Director
Missouri Baptist University
Erin began her career with The Center for Autism Education in 2011. While at the agency, she has worked in every position at the day program; from support staff, to lead support staff, to QDDP and Day Services Coordinator, to her current role as Support Services Director. Erin graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science. Helping people has always been a passion for Erin. “It has been a pleasure watching the adult day program grow and the progress the consumers have made”.
Quote: “If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.”
― Will Smith
Director of Development
Hanne has been employed with The Center for Autism Education since 2016. She began as a behavior consultant and then worked as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst for the last 2 years. Hanne transitioned into the role of Director of Development in 2019. Hanne graduated from William Jewell College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Critical Thought and Inquiry, and a minor in Nonprofit Leadership. She continued her education at Florida Institute of Technology where she completed the BCaBA program. Hanne’s goal as the Director of Development is to bring the focus back to the clients. After working directly with students, she has a unique understanding of their needs and how to obtain funding to meet those needs.
Quote: “Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Director of ABA
Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)
Ellen earned her MSEd from Simmons College and completed coursework to become a BCBA through SIU-Carbondale. She started her career in the field as a behavior assistant at the New England Center for Children and has worked as a special education teacher, autism consultant and Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) in public school settings in both Massachusetts and Michigan. She began working at the Center for Autism Education when she and her family moved to St. Louis in 2014. In her current role as Director of ABA, Ellen plans to further expand the services provided to students, families, and school districts, and continue to ensure that all students are accessing quality behavioral treatment and support, and learning the skills that they need to transition successfully and be fully included in their communities.
Quote:“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.” – Dr. Temple Grandin