If you ask any parent, they’d say that they would go to great lengths for their children. For Mike McKenna, that length is more than 2,500 miles. This September, McKenna will walk across the U.S. to raise money for NECC, where his son has been a student for 16 years.
When Boston25 News Anchor Heather Hegedus was pregnant with her daughter, she reached out to The New England Center for Children (NECC) to enroll her second-born child in the Infant Sibling Research Project.
Kassandra Hostage has been a teacher at NECC for five years, and currently serves as NECC’s art teacher. Hostage, an artist herself, A colleague nominated Hostage because she “is passionate about bringing visual art experiences to our students and has already exposed our students to many mediums.”
Ashley Jordan has been a teacher at NECC’s Day Care Center for 15 years, first working in the infant room before moving to the toddlers, where her colleagues say she’s “a staple to the program.” A colleague nominated Jordan because she’s “wonderful with parents, loved by co-workers, and extremely reliable.”
Prior to their game on Saturday, April 30, the Worcester Red Sox will honor NECC on the field as part of its Autism Acceptance Day event. NECC will be recognized as a “Heart of Worcester” for its work helping children with autism lead fuller lives.
Olivia Pettengill has been a level 2 teacher for NECC’s Westboro I residence for a year and a half. A colleague nominated Pettengill because “she is an incredible case manager and an overall wonderful addition to the West 1 family.”
Kevin Graves is a primary care nurse for three ITT teams at NECC, where he started as a level 2 teacher in 2008 before moving to the Nursing Department. A colleague nominated Graves because, “he is always dependable, thorough, and caring in his work.”
Elin Thorvaldsdottir is a program specialist for NECC’s Westboro I residence, who moved to the U.S. from Iceland to work for NECC and take advantage of the on-site graduate programs. A colleague nominated Thorvaldsdottir because she is a “calm, supportive, brilliant, and kind colleague and supervisor.”
Emidio Neto has been working in the maintenance department at NECC for 10 years. A colleague nominated Neto because he is “hardworking, caring, and compassionate. He always has the biggest smile and is continuously aware of others around him, going out of his way to lend a hand.”