Carley Woolcott, a day coordinator for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Intensive Treatment Team (ITT) Apartment 2, has worked for NECC for four years. Woolcott was nominated by a colleague because “she is a phenomenal leader. She has great rapport with EVERY student on the team. She is able to treat them all equally but treats them individually based on each of their personalities, and I really admire that about her. Carley has GREAT energy. She always has the best interests of the staff and students in mind. She makes sure everyone, and everything, is accounted for and makes everyone feel welcomed. Even when times are tough or chaotic, Carley is able to remain calm and make sure everyone is safe. She handles problem situations very well. Carley is always thinking; she is full of great ideas, and she is so dedicated to our team. She can think quickly on the spot, and also is able to really build off of ideas she has and works hard toward these ideas.”
How long have you worked for NECC?
This is my fourth contract year. I have been a level 2 teacher, served in the core shift manager/clinical role, and was a residential coordinator, all on Apartment 4.
What is your favorite part of your job?
The best part of my job will always be the time I get to spend with the students. Something that has been meaningful to me across my different positions at NECC is the opportunity to experience how care and compassion can be exercised in many different forms. As a teacher working one-on-one with students, as a residential coordinator having the ability to exercise my creativity when decorating and organizing our students’ space, and as a day coordinator having the opportunity to mentor others as they navigate various roles.
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
The best answer I have is because I haven’t shown interest in a different career path. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the most brilliant, funny, and charismatic individuals and I think that is a lot more than most people can ask for in their careers.
I previously worked at an early intervention center for autism and my supervisor there had worked at NECC and graduated from the ABA program through Western New England University (WNEU). I wanted to continue my education in this field, so I inquired about her educational path after observing her knowledge and effectiveness as a clinician.
Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it impacted your teaching/career?
I have finished all of my classes in the WNEU program, and I am now working on completing my thesis. My job feels more fulfilling as I have furthered my education and compassion for ABA.
What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I previously ran in college and at my last track and field event, which was at Nationals, I placed runner-up in the marathon.
Who is someone you look up to?
Meline Pogosjana, my previous program specialist at NECC on ITT4, has had a large impact on my development as a soon-to-be clinician. She has been an incredible mentor and her supervision has largely influenced my confidence and capability over the past two years.
What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
“Take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.” This is a quote from Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, when speaking of her experience as a hospitalized patient after she experienced a stroke that impacted her ability to speak. Her story was later publicized by Oprah Winfrey.