January 11, 2024

Ronan Bustamante joined The New England Center for Children (NECC) in March 2022 and currently works as a level 2 teacher for NECC’s Westborough 1 residence. He was nominated by a colleague because he “goes above and beyond to help students and staff. Ronan pushes every student to do their best and is a pro at running all their programs. He is a great leader and wonderful case manager. He cares so much, and it shows in his dedication to our students.”

How long have you worked for NECC?

I have worked for NECC since March of 2022, starting at Parker Road as a level 2 teacher. When we moved to Westborough 1, I was fortunate enough to be the case manager to an amazing student and became the team’s backup core shift manager (CSM) for the 2022-23 academic year. I am currently the Sunday CSM for Westborough 1 and work in a clinical role for this current contract year. 

 What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is seeing my students develop and showcase their communication skills and independence on a daily basis. I jump for joy every time my students independently communicate whatever they need.

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

The summer before I started college, I volunteered as a camp counselor for children with disabilities. One of my first campers was a child with autism. The experience I gained from working with that child had such an impact on me. I realized I wanted to continue helping this population become more independent and develop into amazing human beings. 


I was fortunate to attend an info session where I learned about NECC during my undergraduate experience at the University of Florida. I was interested in NECC’s interdisciplinary approach in providing academic services for students with autism. I also liked NECC’s partnership with Western New England University (WNEU) for the master’s degree program in applied behavior analysis (ABA).

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

I am in my second year of the master’s program in ABA with WNEU. It is currently helping me deepen my knowledge about ABA and create a solid foundation for my professional future. The program forces me to think more critically about my students’ behaviors and is helping me better understand my interests within the field. 

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

I love activities that get your heart racing! I love roller coasters, skydiving, snowboarding, and rock climbing!

Who is someone you look up to?

I honestly look up to everyone in my life. People have unique experiences that have shaped them into who they are now, and I believe that every person has unique insights and ideas that are valuable and can help me become a better person. 

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

I like to remind myself to focus on the present. It allows me to enjoy life and experience it one day at a time.