Lee Stickle, M.S.Ed., is the Director of the TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Support Project in Kansas. Lee has worked in the field of autism for 25 years and has been in education for more than 30 years. During that time she has been fortunate to learn a great deal from the students she has worked with and the parents supporting those children. Lee was awarded the Autism Society’s 2010 Professional of the Year Award, the Kansas CEC’s 2010 Special Educator of the Year Award, and the OCALI “Linking Research to Real Life” Award in 2013. Her core beliefs include: A poor quality of education is a greater barrier to a high quality of life than is a disability; the only way to create a safe, supportive and engaging environment for students is to staff that environment with a safe, supportive and engaging adult, and finally, as educators and service providers we are responsible for using research based practices and to collect data to determine if there is evidence to continue the practice with the individual student.