Margaret “Maggie” May has worked as a level 2 teacher and core shift manager (CSM) at The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Oak Street residence for two and half years. She was nominated by colleagues “because of her dedication to the team, for always advocating for all the students’ welfare, promoting a positive work environment for both staff and students, and for always coaching and supporting staff!”
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love the people I work with, both students and staff. The Oak Street girls are amazing; they are funny and joyful and bring a lot of light to my life!
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
I love teaching and feel really strongly about equal access to a quality education. I always wanted to work as a teacher but was exposed to applied behavior analysis (ABA) when schooling went online during COVID, and my nephew started his classes at home. I saw firsthand how ABA was effective and I wanted to pursue work in that field.
I think NECC offers so many opportunities for educational and personal growth, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to immerse myself in a new learning experience.
Have uou taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it affected your teaching style?
I am about to finish my master’s degree in applied behavior analysis from Assumption University. I think I have a better understanding of our clinical programming after my classes at Assumption. Both Assumption and my supervisors have pushed me to expand my understanding and skills in ABA.
What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I grew up on a farm. I learned how to drive tractors before I learned to drive a car! My family raised pigs, chickens, turkeys, sheep, and cows.
Who is someone you look up to?
My parents. They have always been my biggest supporters and always push me to achieve all of my goals. They are the most positive people in my life!
What is your life philosophy or motto you like to live by?
Count your blessings. It reminds me that I am surrounded by good things whether they are small or large. Even when you’re dealing with hard stuff, there is always a lot of good in your life!