November 2, 2023

Sean Hemminger—a level 2 teacher, backup core shift manager (CSM), and case manager for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Salem End Road team—has worked at NECC for a year and a half. She was nominated by a colleague because she “keeps our days running smoothly and always has her students’ best interests at heart. Her rapport with each student is admirable. Her positivity shines through and she keeps work fun!”

Why did you choose a career working with students with autism?

I worked at a school for kids with autism during my undergraduate and loved seeing my students grow! It is so rewarding to watch this population make progress and learn how to advocate for themselves.


I chose NECC because they came to my school, and I found the partnering graduate programs appealing. I was also really interested in working at a residential school.

 What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is watching my students become more independent and being able to laugh with them!

Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC? If so, how has it helped you as a teacher?

I am currently in my second year in the Simmons University master’s program. I love being able to apply what I am learning in the classroom and vice versa. I think what I have learned through Simmons has helped me become a better and more informed advocate for my students.

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

I love to be creative and make new things for my students’ kid books, classroom materials, and anything else I can make on Canva. I also love to read and would love any book recommendations!

Who is someone you look up to?

I really look up to my CSM, Kara P. She has taught me so much since I started and has been a role model for me as a teacher and a shift manager.

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

Something I try to live by is: “be yourself and be kind.”