March 24, 2022

Jordan Smith has been a behavioral health technician for The New England Center for Children’s Saddle Hill Road residence since August 2021. A colleague nominated Smith because “she definitely goes above and beyond to support the team and the students. Jordan always picks up overtime to help out the team. Throughout the time I’ve been here, she’s created such special bonds with each of the students and it’s truly inspiring to see their smiles every time they see her walk in. We need more selfless and caring people like her in the world!”

What is your favorite part of your job?
Working with the students and seeing them gain their independence across their programs. I also love just hanging out with the boys, they’re all so different and that’s what makes this job so welcoming and rewarding.

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
I’ve worked in a daycare since I was 15 years old and love working with children, but after studying psychology in my undergrad, I took a big interest in ABA therapy.  

I’ve lived 15 minutes from NECC for my entire life and drove by it going to school every day so when I decided I wanted to work in ABA I knew NECC was the best place to start.  

What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I have Type 1 diabetes and used to work at a camp for kids with T1D. 

Who is someone you look up to?
My parents! 

What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
Everything happens for a reason.