STAFF & OPERATIONS

Staff Bios

Andrea Florendo is the Child Care Director at Twice As Nice. She graduated in 1999 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has been employed with Twice As Nice since March, 2010. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband Phil and three children Dean, Maya, and Caleb. If she is not at work, she can be found cheering her children on at their sports events.

Becky Peckham is our Education Coordinator and Teacher in the full day program here at Twice As Nice. She has been teaching here since 2012. She began her career working as a teacher’s assistant for two years before becoming a lead teacher. Becky graduated from the University of RI in 2008 with a degree in Art. She also completed Early Childhood Education courses at CCRI. In her free time, she enjoys spending time and camping with her family.

Barbara McGinn brings many years of experience to Twice As Nice. She is currently a mentor and assistant to our staff. She began her career at Twice As Nice in 2007 working in the half-day classroom. She eventually took on the lead teacher position in the three-year-old classroom. Barbara retired after a brief illness in 2015. She has returned this year to work in our three-year-old classrooms. She brings so much love and experience to our program. In her free time, Barbara enjoys spending time with her loving husband Jack and daughter Julia at the skating rink where Julia is a figure skater and on the synchronized skating team in Warwick.

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Klein Borbe is a Teacher in our Toddler Program at Twice As Nice. She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines. She graduated from one of the top Universities in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas in 2018 with a degree in Secondary Education in English. Klein pursued the field of teaching because she loves working with children. She loves to travel and spend time with her loved ones and friends during holidays and weekends.

Ashley Barker is a Teacher in our full-day program at Twice As Nice. She grew up in Middletown, RI and graduated from Middletown High School in 2014. She has known since childhood that she wanted to be a teacher. Her passion for teaching children shows when she is with them. She has been working at Twice As Nice since 2016, starting out as a teacher’s assistant. She is currently working on completing her Early Childhood and Special Education degree while teaching in the three-year-old program.

Kaitlin McKenna is a Teacher in our Toddler Program at Twice As Nice. She was born and raised in Middletown and graduated from Middletown High School in 2017. Kaitlin is an amazing artist and loves to bring her skills into the classroom with the children. Kaitlin began her employment as a camp counselor and recently began working year-round while attending CCRI. In her free time, Kaitlin enjoys photography and playing volleyball here at the Newport YMCA.

Kayla Parayno is a Teacher in our four and five-year-old classroom. Kayla graduated from Middletown High School in 2007. She started out as a mother of a child who attended Twice As Nice. She has been working here since January 2019. Kayla is a DIY mom who loves to bring her creativity into the classroom. In her spare time, Kayla loves to spend time with her husband Jovan and beautiful daughters Khloe and Jaylyn. When not at work, Kayla can be found sharing her love for Scentsy as a Consultant.

Kelsey Monteiro is a teacher in our four and five-year-old program at Twice As Nice. She has been working with us since July 2019. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2014 with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her son William. With William playing football, basketball, and baseball, Kelsey stays very busy attending practices and cheering him on at his games.

Jayda Owejan is a teacher’s assistant at Twice As Nice. She began working in our center in September 2019. Jayda spent much of her youth here at the Newport YMCA as a gymnast. In 2017, she began employment as a gymnastics coach at the Newport YMCA. She enjoys working with young children which is what brought her to our program. Her lifetime goal is to become a police officer here on Aquidneck Island.

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Ratios and Ages Served

The staff to child ratio in our preschool is 1:9.

We accept children ages 3-5 years old.  All children must be fully toilet trained.

License and Certification

Per our DCYF license, all staff are required to complete and pass CANTS background check, Fingerprints, DHS Health and Safety training, submit immunization records, and submit proof of their annual flu vaccination. In addition, all staff must complete a minimum of 20 hours of approved professional development.

The Newport County YMCA and Twice As Nice Preschool require all staff to be CPR/First Aid Certified, complete OSHA training, Praesidium Child Abuse Training, and monthly staff meetings.

Job Openings

Substitute Teacher positions available