REC Staff Spotlight: Senior Programming Team

After three short years, we consider the REC to be a well-oiled machine. We have great REC staffers to thank for that! Every staffer contributes so much to make each day fun and educational for the children and teens attending. As we approach another great summer of Camp REC it is the perfect time to introduce the Senior Programming Team and give you a little glimpse of their day-to-day!

Mark Williams, Clinical Director
Mark joined the REC team in 2013, but it is already impossible to imagine the REC without him! As an experienced BCBA, he came to the REC ready to lead and assist in training the team. Not only does he oversee all of the REC staffers, but he also works directly with families to confirm the best possible treatment plans for the students. Mark’s active engagement has made him fully vested in the well-being of both the staff and the students. Mark’s clinical background gives him the tools he needs to ensure all ABA programming runs smoothly and attains results.

Have you ever wondered who is behind all of the fun themes, marvelous art projects, delicious recipes, daily activities, Camp REC activity schedules and more? All of the staff contributes on a daily basis, but the ones leading the charge on all things REC are our amazing Program Coordinators! It takes true passion to accomplish what they do and it is time to meet them!

Reagan Cassidy, Program Coordinator (Early Childhood)
Reagan is a native of Peabody and has been working in the special education field her entire career.  Looking for something new and different, she came to the REC, and we are so glad she did! Reagan’s job description has evolved over the past 3 years as she is always taking on new responsibilities. Her role includes assessing new students, writing treatment plans, working with students, training staff, planning activities and more.

You will usually find Reagan in early to prep themed activities such as holiday art projects, butterfly catching for insect week, kite flying for the windy spring days and even organizing an environmental clean-up day. Reagan has also mastered the art of throwing the perfect REC Birthday Party! We are so excited to see what fun ideas Reagan has for Camp REC this summer!

Nancy Pierce, Program Coordinator (Teen Center)
Nancy is also a native of Peabody and an experienced special educator who came to the REC from our sister company, Creative Behavioral Solutions– ABA Consultants. Nancy could easily be known as ‘Chef Nancy’! Not only does Nancy help plan all of the fun REC cooking activities, but she also bakes all of the cupcakes for REC Birthday Parties. She creates the annual REC cookbook which each Camp REC attendee receives at the end of the summer.  In addition to her skills in the kitchen, Nancy’s role also includes assessing new students, writing treatment plans, working with students, training staff, planning activities and more. 

Nancy’s experience made her a perfect fit to take on our Teen Center when it opened in 2013 and it is great to see her creativity at work in every project they do. 

Mark, Reagan and Nancy

Mark, Reagan and Nancy

Thank you Mark, Reagan and Nancy for all that you do! To read more about the REC Staff visit our website. Stay tuned for more staff spotlights throughout the year!

Are you interested in becoming a part of Team REC? Join us and LOVE where you work! Now hiring for both MA and NH locations. Full and part-time positions are available. Email jobs@recreationaleducationcenter.com for more details.

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Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness

If you found your way to this blog, you most likely don’t need to be reminded that April is Autism Awareness Month. Many families and friends with a loved one on the spectrum experience Autism Awareness every month, but there is still something great to be said about the month of April. April reaches beyond those of us involved on a daily basis and shines a light on the 1 in 68. In April, this light shines so bright in hope that people who need the reminder see it.

One of our last reminders this month is our first ever Touch-a-Truck for Autism Awareness event taking place on Sunday, April 27th from 10am-12pm at 83 Pine Street in Peabody MA 01960.

We are excited to be hosting this family event and are looking forward to a fun morning. Children and their families will be able to view, touch and interact with the different trucks and vehicles. All sirens, horns, loud engines, etc. will be off during the main event in order to be more Sensory Friendly. At 12pm the sounds will go on for those children hoping to hear them.

In addition to the firetruck, police cruiser, police dive truck, ambulance, school bus, line truck and motorcycles some other organizations will be there showing their support and adding to the fun:

Treadwell’s Ice Cream
Jeanne’s Bakeshop
Roaming Railroad train rides

Special thanks to the Peabody Police and Fire Departments, Salem Police Department, Northeast Regional Ambulance, Peabody Public Schools Transportation, Peabody Municipal Light Plant and our amazing REC Staffers!

To view the event on our calendar, please visit our website.

REC Snow Closure Policy

It is that time of year! Closures due to weather are a bummer, but a necessity in New England! At the REC we pride ourself on our schedule and availability by staying open during school vacation weeks, weekends and even some holidays. However, the safety of REC staffers and our REC families is top priority.  

Below you may view our official cancellation/closing policy: During the week the REC closes if Peabody or Londonderry schools are closed. On the weekends, we will update the voicemail for both locations. We will also update our website and Facebook page.

Cancellation Policy 2015

Also, click here to read one of our favorite articles “Snow Day Strategies for Children with Autism” from our friends at AutismKey.com.

Happy Snow Storming!