Victoria Bayless is a day coordinator for The New England Center for Children’s School Street residence. Bayless began working at NECC in 2016 as a case manager for the Francine Road and Saddle Hill Road residences and worked as a clinical residential program coordinator for the School-Francine-Saddle Hill triad before becoming the residential and then day coordinator for School Street. A colleague nominated Bayless because she is “always going above and beyond to advocate for our students and staff. She makes sure all staff have a solid understanding of all student programming and will train anyone or help them if they don’t understand something. She always wants the best for the students, is very open to feedback on student programming, and is willing and quick to make any changes necessary for our students to succeed. She is a great resource to all staff and cares so much about everyone around her. She also looks for feedback on how she is as a coordinator and wants to better herself any way she can (even though she is great already!)”
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing my students make progress on IEP objectives. Seeing their smiles when they make progress on a skill is the best part of my job
Why did you choose a career in helping children with autism?
I chose a career in helping children with autism after falling in love with an internship I had in college at an early intervention center. This experience resulted in my changing my major from nursing to psychology.
NECC allows for collaboration under one roof and has a mission that links everyone to one common goal: student progress.
Have you taken advantage of any of the grad programs or teacher training at NECC?
I graduated from the Simmons University program last year with my master’s in education with an autism specialization and I am currently in the certificate program for my BCBA with Western New England University.
What is your life philosophy or a motto you like to live by?
“Be somebody that makes everyone feel like a somebody.”