Matthew Maloney, a level 2 teacher on The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) New Castle Road residential team, has worked at NECC for four and a half years. He was nominated by a colleague because he “always goes above and beyond for all his students. He is always willing to help others and do what’s best for his team. His knowledge and care for each of his students is what keeps our days going smoothly.”
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part is coming into work every day to work with the kids. Having watched some of my students progress from preteens to young adults, and seeing their progress has been extremely rewarding and makes working at The New England Center for Children a great experience!
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
I first started working with children with autism at an after-school program at my high school. I then went on to work at a day center while getting my undergraduate degree. When I heard about NECC at a career fair, it felt like a natural progression to continue my career in working with this population.
I was accepted to a few programs for a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis (ABA) but NECC’s partnership with Western New England University offered the best benefits and the best opportunities to further my career.
Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC?
I’m currently working on my thesis to graduate from the ABA program from Western New England.
How has it affected your teaching style?
My time at NECC has taught and shaped my teaching style. I have learned that not one style of teaching fits any individual child; it’s important to be able to think on your toes and adapt the way you teach to each individual child!
What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I worked eight other jobs before I started at NECC! And one of my favorite hobbies is metal working, and I’d love to one day try out to be on the TV show Forged in Fire.
Who is someone you look up to?
What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
“Just keep swimming” – Dory.