Congratulations to these exceptional employees who were recently acknowledged as employee of the month.
Jenna Gray, Teacher – Homebased
Jenna Gray received her bachelor’s in Psychology from Eastern Connecticut State University before starting at NECC in July of 2016. She began as a Level 1 Teacher before moving to the home-based program a few months later. Jenna is currently enrolled in Western New England University’s master’s degree program in ABA. Jenna demonstrates professionalism, is an excellent advocate for her case student, and goes above and beyond to ensure success.
Lauren Kot, APE/OT
Lauren came to NECC with her master’s degree in Adapted Physical Education from Bridgewater State University. She joined the APE department in September 2013, and has since been one of the most valued, dedicated members on the team. Lauren has brought a great deal of knowledge and experience to the NECC gym and pool. She has helped develop curricula while implementing many new and creative programs for our students. A recent fan favorite was her fall movement to music lessons for the SUN triad! Lauren has presented on our aquatics program at the annual Massachusetts APE conference, and recently completed a program to advance her Massachusetts teaching license in physical education.
Lauren Lane, Teacher
Lauren began her career at NECC in May 2012 as a full-time Intern. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2013, she became a Level 2 Teacher. Lauren is always on top of student behavior and educational data, and is quick to bring up problems and work on solutions with the team. Recently, Lauren accompanied her case student to an Anime convention in Boston, a trip that he had been working hard to earn over the past few months. She is currently in her final year of the Simmons master’s program.
Hannah Laviolette, Teacher
Hannah began working at NECC in August of 2014 after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Western New England University. Hannah started as a Level 2 Teacher and is now a Senior Case Manager. Hannah manages her two cases with ease. She is quick to aid anyone in need, and often gives up her research time to do so. Hannah has implemented class-wide reinforcement systems to increase IT data collection and has contributed greatly to other classroom systems. She is currently finishing up her second year of the Simmons Special Education Program.
Rachel Lindstrom, Teacher
Rachel Lindstrom started at NECC in August of 2016 after earning her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She started as a Level 1 Teacher and a few months later moved into a Level 2 Teacher position. Rachel has excelled in every role that she has held. After Rachel transitioned to a Level 2 Teacher, she took on the role of a back-up Case Manager and recently moved seamlessly into the position of Case Manager.
Emily Luth, Academic Department
Emily Luth, a Colby College graduate, started at NECC in August 2005 as a Level 2 Teacher. In 2007, she became a Transition Teacher and, after completing the Simmons program in
2008, became a Lead Teacher in a partner classroom. During that time, she also became a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. In 2012, she returned to the Southborough campus as an Academic Specialist. Emily is a highly valued member of the Academic Department. Because of her efforts, students have met 89 percent of their academic objectives.
Brittney Midlarsky, Teacher
Brittney started as a Level 2 Teacher in June of 2016. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a bachelor’s degree in Disability and Community Services. Since joining, Brittney has taken on a Case Manager position, and is an excellent advocate for her case student. She ensures that her case student has all necessary materials for success. She also took initiative to become shift trained and recently assumed a back-up Core Shift Manager position. Brittney truly is a positive and energetic presence on the team.