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Our Team

The teachers and staff at Two by Two Childcare Academy are talented and devoted educators who provide quality child care to every student. For them, teaching is much more than a job; it’s an opportunity to share their passion for educating as they inspire children to evolve as learners.
Ongoing education is extremely important at Two By Two Childcare Academy. We encourage the pursuit of higher degrees and hold staff development days with courses and workshops throughout the year.
With such a diverse staff, nearly all of our teachers are bilingual – fluent in English and at least one other language, typically Spanish.

OUR CLASSROOMS

Meet Our Team

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Staff
Edie Gonzalez-Devonish

Educational Director

Ms. Gonzalez graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.A. and M.A. in Early Childhood Education. She holds two certifications: B-Grade 2 and 1-Grade 6. She has been working with children since 1988 and joined Two By Two Childcare Academy in October of 2012.
She loves watching the children develop from infants to preschoolers with the help of the parents and the teaching team. In her free time, Ms. Gonzalez loves to dance, bowl, and socialize. She’s up for just about anything – swimming, handball, billiards, and even rock climbing!

Priscilla Johnson

Administrator

Ms. Johnson holds her Associate of Arts degree in Business from the University of Phoenix. She received her degree in 2009 and has been working with children ever since. She joined our team in April of 2013.
She loves being a part of such a dedicated and caring staff. Outside of work, Ms. Johnson loves trying new cuisines, cooking and traveling. She also enjoys spending time with her family and helping others within her community.

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Carmen Ramos

Head Teacher

Carmen began her career in the Business Administration and Accounting field, in which she holds her Bachelor’s Degree from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. She has also completed 21 credits in Early Childhood Education from Touro College. Working with children since 1990, it wasn’t until 2013 that she joined our staff.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because she really enjoys watching the children develop and knowing that she is helping them succeed. Outside of work, Carmen loves spending time with her family. She also likes to cook, read, and sew.

Tiffany Franklyn

Assistant Teacher

Miss Tiffany graduated from Kingsborough Community College with her Associate’s Degree. In 2009, she joined the team at Two By Two Childcare Academy and is currently working in the infants room.
Her passion is to instill independence and knowledge into every young scholar that comes to our center. Outside of work, Miss Tiffany loves spending time with her family, cooking, baking, skating and bowling.

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Tania Sanchez

Head Teacher

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Tania has her Bachelor’s Degree from CUNY – City College. She began working with children in 2009 and has been working at our center since 2011.
She loves being a part of so many lives and being able to help children learn and grow. Beyond working with children, Tania also loves working out – especially yoga and contortion. Other passions include reading and exploring new and exciting vegan foods.She is even certified to teach yoga to children and adults!

Elizabeth Valentin

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Elizabeth has been working with children since 2005. She recently joined our team in October of 2015, and she has been working in the Apples Room ever since.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because everyone is so collaborative and friendly. She really enjoys working as a team and learning from her co-workers. She is also a self-proclaimed bookworm. She loves reading and often finds herself getting lost in her books.

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Maritza Badillo-LaBoy

Head Teacher

Maritza began working with children in 1979 as a teacher’s aide for Aguadilla Day Care Center. She remained there for 33 years, until the center closed. In 2013, she joined our team and is currently working in the Bananas Room.
One of the things she loves most about Two By Two Childcare Academy is working with like-minded colleagues who lovingly guide and nurture all children. When she’s not working, she enjoys nature, reading, spending time with family, and serving in her parish. She believes in making a difference in someone else’s life, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem.

Fanny Velasquez

Assistant Teacher

Before joining our team, Fanny attended the Hunter College Nursery Program. Beginning her career with children in 2011, it wasn’t until 2014 that she became a part of our staff. She is currently working with children in the Bananas Room.
When it comes to her job, she loves the overall atmosphere of Two By Two Childcare Academy. Everyone she works with is constantly striving to do better and to improve in any way that they can. Outside of work, her passion is music. She loves attending concerts, playing guitar, and watching any music-related YouTube tutorial she can find!

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Vanessa Heredia

Head Teacher

Ms. Vanessa is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree for Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She began working with children in 2009 and joined our staff in 2014.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because she strongly believes that all children should have access to quality care, and that’s exactly what they receive from our center. Outside of work, she loves watching movies with her two daughters and listening to music. She also enjoys cooking and has recently began a new hobby, baking.

Estefania Vargas

Assistant Teacher

Ms. Estefania has her A.S. in Childhood Education from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She has been working with children for over a decade. In 2013, she joined our teaching team and is currently working with one year olds in the Cherries Room.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because it gives her a chance to do what she enjoys doing in a safe and loving environment. Outside of work, Ms. Estefania spends as much time with her family as she can.

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Danielly Diaz

Head Teacher

Danielly is one of the assistant teachers in our Bananas Room. She has her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. She has been working with children since 2007 and joined our team in 2014.
One of her favorite things about working at Two By Two Childcare Academy is getting to know each child and being able to watch them grow. In her free time, she loves spending time with family and shopping. She also enjoys just relaxing at home, which includes reading and sleeping.

Nancy Pizarro

Assistant Teacher

Nancy graduated from Continental Academy and has been working with children for the last 10 years. She joined our staff in April, 2014 and has been a teacher in our infant classroom ever since.
She loves being around children and enjoys working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because it gives her the opportunity to teach them and watch them grow. Nancy also enjoys watching movies, going to church, and dancing in her spare time.

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Kayla Bohlke

Head Teacher

Ms. Kayla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Western Washington University. She began working with children in 2005, and she has been a part of our team since 2012.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because she enjoys working closely with all of the families and staff. In her free time, she loves to be outside. Some of her favorite hobbies include hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Dominique Parker-Cassidy

Assistant Teacher

Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Ms. Dominique has been working with children since she was a teenager. She has been a teacher in our Grapes Room since she joined our team in 2012.
One of her favorite things about working at Two By Two Childcare Academy is the children. She loves teaching them new things and watching them grow. She likes to spend her free time with her children. She also enjoys reading and photography.

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Alicia Sharpe

Head Teacher

Miss Alicia has her B.A. in Children and the Youth Studies from CUNY Brooklyn College and her M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Ashford University. She has been volunteering with children since 2006 and began her career as an educator with us in 2012.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because of the amazing students and co-workers that she gets to interact with on a daily basis. Miss Alicia is quite creative – in her free time, she enjoys drawing, dancing, and coloring. She also spends her time designing rooms, clothing, and crafts. She even creates her own children’s books!

Raganda Grabocka

Assistant Teacher

Mrs. Raganda graduated from the University of Albania. When she came to New York, she received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Teaching and her Public School Teaching Certificate. She has worked as an elementary school teacher for over two decades in both Albania and New York. She joined our staff in 2012.
She loves working with her colleagues because they work together to create a better education system for our students. She is constantly looking for new ways of teaching to make learning as fun as possible. Outside of work, Mrs. Raganda likes to cook for and spend time with her family.

Teaching Aides
Mildred Torres

Aide

Ms. Mildred has been working with children for over 25 years. Prior to joining our staff, she worked at the Aguadilla Day Care Center for 13 years. She became a part of our team in 2013 and is currently working in our Apples Room.
She loves the tight-knit community at Two By Two Childcare Academy, in both the staff and the families that we work with. In her free time, she enjoys playing games on her Kindle (especially Panda Pop!), listening and dancing to music, watching movies, and drawing. She loves spending time with her son and daughter and can’t wait to become a grandmother someday!

Adalinda Rodriguez

Aide

Adalinda is one of our teachers in the Cherries Room. She has been working with children since 1998. She joined our teaching team in 2014.
She loves working with children, which makes Two By Two Childcare Academy the perfect job for her. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, listening to music, eating, and reading.

Angela Rodriguez

Aide

Angela is a graduate of LaGuardia Community College. She began working at our center in 2014 and has been working in the Bananas Room ever since.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because she is able to work with children in a healthy and peaceful environment. In her spare time, she enjoys shopping, dancing, and listening to music. She loves summertime because she gets to go to the nearby parks and beaches with her 11 year old son.

Liznabel Torres

Aide

Liznabel is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Bilingual Education for grades 1-6. She became a part of our team in April of 2016.
She loves working at Two By Two Childcare Academy because of the amazing children she gets to interact with. Their loving smiles and the wonderful bond she builds with them is a one-of-a-kind experience. Liznabel enjoys simply being with her family in her free time.

Ria Robinson

Aide

Miss Robinson spends the majority of her time in the Apples Room, but she also helps out with the other classrooms when needed. She currently holds her Certificate for Paraprofessional, Teaching Assistant. She began working with children professionally in 2011 and became a member of our team in 2015.
She views Two By Two Childcare Academy as her second home. She loves the children she gets to work with because they’ve opened her heart and filled her with so much love and joy. Outside of work, Miss Robinson lives life day-to-day. She enjoys listening to music, drawing, exercising, going out, or just relaxing at home.

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Jose Alvarez

Aide

Mr. Jose has been a part of the staff at Two By Two Childcare Academy since July 2015. In this time, he has become an indispensable part of the team. He loves working with the children and other staff members because everyone is so courteous and friendly. He feels like they’re one big family.
In his free time, Mr. Jose enjoys being outdoors. Some of his favorite things to do are to skateboard and race cars. He also loves to express himself through drawing.