October 27, 2022

Courtney Sickel has worked as a level 2 teacher for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Westborough 2 residence for two years. She was nominated by a colleague because she is “reliable, kind, and a great advocate for all the girls on West 2. Courtney goes out of her way to help, whether it’s in organizing team binders, helping get labels for the classrooms, or teaching others new skills. She is a kind leader, a strong advocate, and a great teacher who we are so lucky to have.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with the students. I love how the smallest things can be so meaningful and the simplest things can make us laugh. I work on West 2 with nine young ladies. I’ve really enjoyed seeing their progress and success. Working with our students makes my day every day, and they’re the reason why I love my career. 

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

I have a younger brother with disabilities, and I have always strived to help him however I can. He is my best friend! It was easy for me to choose a career in helping children with autism because I have a deep care and compassion for teaching and helping others. Above all, I enjoy seeing our students learn and prosper. 


A family friend previously worked at NECC and recommended that I take a look. I haven’t looked back! 

Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC?

I plan to enroll in a master’s program next year. My goal is to strengthen my development and knowledge as a teacher, and I believe that pursuing graduate studies will help me achieve this. 

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

I’ve played field hockey all my life and played collegiately. I also love doing art and hiking with my dog in my free time. 

Who is someone you look up to?

My mother is my biggest role model. She inspires me to be the best I can be and taught me the importance of helping others.  

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

Be the change you wish to see in the world!