Kevin Graves is a primary care nurse for three Intensive Treatment Teams (ITT) at The New England Center for Children, where he started as a level 2 teacher in 2008 before moving to the Nursing Department. A colleague nominated Graves because despite managing a large caseload of students, “he is always dependable, thorough, and caring in his work. The students enjoy seeing Kevin at school and the ITT. He has a great report with parents as well.”

How long have you worked for NECC?
I started as a level 2 teacher on the Staff Intensive Unit 1 (what is now called ITT 1) in August 2008. I transitioned into the Nursing Department in August 2014.

Why did you move from working as a teacher to a nurse?
I realized after starting here that I could contribute so much more as a nurse. I have always had a fascination with human anatomy.

What is your favorite part of your job?
Interacting with the students and staff as well as trying to make a difference in their day.

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
My undergraduate degree is in adapted physical education and the children with autism always made me smile.

Why NECC?
My wife started working here a few months before me and I thought I would enjoy working here.

What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I’m an avid outdoorsman and amateur woodworker. I also make my own maple syrup.

Who is someone you look up to?
The entire Nursing Department! Since day one of the pandemic, all of them have been working tirelessly and selflessly to make sure the students and staff have been taken care of. They put themselves at risk at the beginning when we didn’t know very much about COVID and it was inspiring to see such dedication.

What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
Never underestimate the power of laughter.