Bridget Mias is a level 2 teacher, case manager, and core shift manager (CSM) for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Ursla Drive residence. Mias, who has been with NECC for a year and a half, was nominated by a colleague because “she is an amazing teacher who really cares about the boys on Ursla. She is always an amazing, supportive resource to all other staff on the team. She never fails to go out of her way to make sure our days run smoothly!”
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is, of course, seeing my students every day. I always get the biggest smile on my face when I see them in the morning or when I’m saying goodnight.
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism? Why NECC?
I chose this field because my good friend Erin, who works in NECC’s Speech and Language Department, recommended the position to me, and I’m so grateful she did. I grew up with a special needs uncle who lived with us, and that’s what motivated me to choose this career.
Have you taken advantage of any of the graduate programs or teacher training at NECC?
I am starting the Simmons University program in the fall!
What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
Something to know about me is that I love to ski and travel to Colorado. I’m also a big fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Who is someone you look up to?
I look up to my dad. He passed away right before I started at NECC. He always thought I’d be a good teacher and I wish he could be here to see me working with these awesome kids; I know he would be so proud.
What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
My dad always said, “live life to the fullest.” Everything he said was my motto, but whenever he left the house, he would always say, “Love you. Be safe. Have fun kid.”