June 26, 2024

Jenna Noccioli-Sullivan, a level 2 teacher on the Intensive Instruction Program (IIP), has worked at The New England Center for Children (NECC) for three years. She was nominated for Staff Spotlight by a colleague because she is “a hardworking and dedicated case manager and teacher. She is a great advocate for both of her case students, as well as the other students on her team, and goes above and beyond each day. Jenna always comes to work with a positive attitude, and celebrates the successes of the students, big or small, every day.”

How long have you worked for NECC?

I have worked for NECC for three years. I started as a level 2 teacher and case manager on the School Street residential team and have since worked on Saddle Hill and Cohort F on the IIP. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is helping my students learn new skills and grow their independence. I enjoy working with the older students as a job coach at multiple vocational sites. 

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

Since high school, I knew that I wanted a career that involved helping other people. When I was about 16, I volunteered with a program that matched high school students with younger children with disabilities to assist them at summer camps. I loved going every day and helping my mentee have fun and do activities with her peers! When my college offered an informational session about NECC, I knew this organization would be a great fit for me.


I love how many opportunities NECC provides for our students. These include vocational jobs in the community, hands-on specialty services with staff who are always there to help with student progress, and great events like Field Day and the NECC 5K

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

Through all my trainings, including a few Simmons courses, I have learned the importance of understanding that independence levels are different for every student. I incorporate this into my teaching by meeting every student at their own current needs. 

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

I played the French horn all the way up through college and was selected as the first chair for multiple state-wide concerts. 

Who is someone you look up to?

Someone I look up to is my mom. She was a great preschool teacher for over 10 years and just recently became a registered behavior technician (RBT) as the next chapter of her life. I am always impressed by her and aspire to be like her. 

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

Start each day with positive vibes.