February 14, 2024

Riley Moran has worked as a level 2 teacher at The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Intensive Treatment Team (ITT) for a year and a half. She was nominated by a colleague because she “goes above and beyond for her fellow staff and students. She is such a great teacher for new staff and makes everyone around her feel comfortable.”

What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part is doing meaningful work and watching the students’ growth. 

Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?

My high school soccer coach asked me to help coach her adaptive physical education class; she thought I would be good at it and that I would do well working in special education. I haven’t looked back since! 


My previous coworker, David Shin, referred me to NECC because he knew I would fit in and love the organization. 

Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it affected your teaching style?

I am enrolled in the Simmons University master’s program. I have also had the opportunity to work with new hire groups. Both of these experiences have taught me so much about how to work with my students and coworkers; I’ve been able to learn a lot regarding teaching not only my students, but also people within the company. Being in the Simmons program is great because you can apply the content you’re learning to your day-to-day work. I’ve been able to do curriculum modifications on my own students and see the success, which is awesome. In addition, doing professional development training has helped me work with everyone individually and learn how we all can work together productively! 

What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?

I’m left-handed but I can write with both my left and right hands! 

Who is someone you look up to?

I look up to my mom! She is the strongest person I know, and she’s always supported everything I’ve done. 

What is your life philosophy or motto you like to live by?

Enjoy now. I try to focus on the present and not worry about the past or future. I want to enjoy where I am in the moment.