Samantha Young, MS, has worked in The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Partner Program for three years. She was nominated by her colleagues because “she is one of the hardest working individuals I have ever met. She treats every student and coworker with the utmost care. She cares so much for the students and their success, and it truly shows. You can see the gleam of her smile when she sees the progress each kiddo makes!”
How long have you worked for NECC?
I have worked at NECC since 2020. I started as a tutor at a school in Derry, NH, and I am now in my first year as a lead teacher.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is collaborating with the tutors about their case students. Each tutor has a unique background and brings something different to the position. It is always fun and rewarding to tackle a challenge with them, hear their perspectives, and see the passion we all have for the students.
What are your daily duties/schedule like as a lead teacher in a partner classroom?
My daily schedule consists of attending unified classes with the students, as well as observing the students and answering a lot of emails!
What is something you would like people to know about working in the partner program?
The partner program is so great! Not only are you a part of the NECC community, but you’re also part of the community of the school you’re in.
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
After I graduated college with a journalism degree, I knew it was not the field for me; I wanted to do something that helped people daily. I started working at a day care and met a little boy who benefited greatly from applied behavior analysis (ABA). After working with him, I was hooked; I began a master’s program in ABA and never looked back.
While working as a registered behavior technician (RBT) in New York, I had a phenomenal supervisor who credited NECC with all of her skills and success. I knew I wanted to be a part of something great, so I moved to New Hampshire the year after I met her and started working in NECC’s Partner Program.
Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it affected your teaching style?
Last year, I finished the post-master’s licensure program through Simmons University. The excellent Simmons staff have helped me learn to look at things from a different perspective. I now feel confident in modifying and creating curriculum for any type of learning style a student might have.
What is something about you that your colleagues might be surprised to learn?
I am an avid reader; my favorite genre is historical fiction.
Who is someone you look up to?
I look up to my parents. They’ve taught me perseverance and have supported me throughout everything.
What is your life philosophy or motto you like to live by?
Tomorrow is another day.