Sirlei Soto is a health assistant for The New England Center for Children’s (NECC) Intensive Treatment Team (ITT). She was nominated by a colleague because she is “such an amazing human! She always brings a positive attitude to the shift and is so friendly to everyone she meets. She goes out of her way to ensure she knows the name of all staff and students across the ITT. She has such a good relationship with the students and goes above and beyond for the team. ITT 3 is truly so lucky to have Sirlei on our team!”

How long have you worked for NECC?

Almost four years. I started working in the food services department first.

What are your duties as a health assistant?

As a health assistant my primary job is giving meds and to do meds inventories at the residences. When I have free time, I help promote a clean and safe environment for the kids.

 What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of the job is seeing the kids happy and learning.

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

I chose this career because knowing I can help our students a little makes me happy.


I chose to work at NECC because my husband, Douglas Siva who works in Maintenance, had been working here for 10 years and always spoke very highly of NECC.  

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

Something about me is that I absolutely love dogs.

Who is someone you look up to?

Someone I look up to is my mom.

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

Something I live by is that hard work pays off.