STAFF & OPERATIONS

Staff Bios

Andrea Florendo is the Child Care Director at Twice As Nice. She graduated in the year 2000 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She has been employed with Twice As Nice Preschool 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.

Aly Oakley is the Education Coordinator at Twice As Nice. She has been working at the YMCA since 2004. She is a native Newporter and resides in Newport with her husband Dan and two children, Harry and Gus. Aly received her education from the University of RI and holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and Human Development and Family Studies. She loves working at the preschool and looks forward to many more years.

Diana Gizzi is a Teacher’s Assistant in our half day classroom at Twice As Nice. She was born and raised on Aquidneck Island. She graduated from Keene State College in 2002. She has worked at Twice As Nice since 2002. She currently resides in Middletown with her husband Casey and golden retriever Griffen. She enjoy spending time with friends and family in both RI and CT where her husband is from. In her spare time, Diana enjoys giving back to the community and charitable organizations by volunteering and fundraising.

Becky Peckham is a Teacher in the full day program at Twice As Nice. She has been teaching at Twice As Nice 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.

Jackie Farrell is a Teacher in the full day program at Twice As Nice. She has been working at Twice As Nice for three years. She graduated from Greensboro College in 2012 with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She later pursued her love for children by attending CCRI and completed 12 Early Childhood credits in 2015-2016. She loves spending time outdoors with her fiancé Tayler and her dog Gus. When she is not at work, she can be found hiking, running, or at the beach!

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Katie Humphrey is a Teacher in our full day program at Twice As Nice. She began teaching at Twice As Nice after graduating from the University of RI in 2010 with a Human Development and Family Studies major and Psychology minor. She loves the outdoors whether it be running, sailing, hiking, or playing tennis! In addition, when time allows she loves to travel to new places with family and friends. Her most recent accomplishment was running the Boston Marathon

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 for a year, starting out as a teacher’s assistant. She is currently working on completing her Early Childhood and Special Education degree while co-teaching in our full day Pre-K program.

Christa Hayston is a Teacher’s Assistant at Twice As Nice. She was born and raised in Newport and graduated from Roger’s High School with a degree in Cosmetology. She found her passion in Early Childhood three years ago when she began working at Twice As Nice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also loves experimenting with hair and makeup.

Kaitlin McKenna is a Teacher’s Assistant 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 has recently began working year round while attending CCRI. In her free time, Kaitlin loves to spend time with her family and friends.

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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