August 2, 2023

Abbey Kelley found her way to The New England Center for Children (NECC) as a summer intern in 2021 and is now a level 2 teacher in NECC’s Intensive Instruction Program (IIP). She was nominated by a colleague because she “consistently has a positive attitude and is always willing to do what’s best for the team. She has developed great relationships with both staff and students and is a ray of sunlight in everybody’s day!”

How long have you worked for NECC?

I started at NECC as a summer intern in 2021 on the IIP and returned once I graduated college in August 2022. After my internship, I knew I wanted to return to work as a full-time teacher.

What is your favorite part of your job? 

My favorite part of the job is being with my students and watching them succeed every day. I love celebrating their accomplishments with them! They are the best, and I look forward to seeing them every single day.

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism? 

I was unsure what I wanted to do as a psychology major in my undergrad until I took an ABA class and loved it! I did more research and knew it was something I could see myself doing. 


I was very impressed with everything that NECC offered to both its students and staff. I also have a family friend who worked at NECC years ago and told me great things. 

Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it affected your teaching style?

Yes, I am in the Western New England University ABA master’s program. It is so awesome to take what I learn in class and apply it every day when I’m working with my students. Being in the program has made me more aware of what I am doing and has helped me understand how I can best help my students.

What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?

I love to do calligraphy and to draw.

Who is someone you look up to?

I look up to my parents. They are both very strong people and motivate me to succeed, and they are always there for me!

What is your life philosophy or motto you like to live by?

To appreciate the sun, you have to know what rain is.