Originally from D.C., Sophie earned a Bachelors in Applied Theatre and Education from the University of London before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland to work with children with special educational needs. After living in the U.K. for 5 years, Sophie moved to Greece, where she taught English to unaccompanied minors from Somalia and Afghanistan. Sophie is passionate about making her lessons engaging and accessible for all students. She believes every child has the ability to excel in school and find joy in learning!
Uzoamaka Meremetoh is a dedicated undergraduate student at the College of Staten Island, driven by a profound passion for health science and a deep commitment to working with children. Over the past five years, she has had the privilege of serving as a tutor, teacher assistant, and teacher, allowing her to contribute to the educational growth of numerous students. Throughout her journey, she has designed and implemented lesson materials aimed at enhancing students' memory and comprehension of subjects like Science, Technology, Math, and English. In her free time, she enjoys dancing and writing poems.
Nas Algarin is an Elementary Education major at American University where he has gained valuable experience working with students both inside and outside of the classroom. His dedication to creating a nurturing and inclusive learning environment is complemented by his passion for music and love for walks throughout DC. His teaching approach is centered on fostering creativity and empowerment, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to thrive and succeed.
Lise Sanchez is a junior at Sidwell Friends which she has attended since kindergarten. She is on the varsity Sidwell Friends tennis team which is nationally ranked. She was a tennis teacher at St. Albans tennis camp during the summer. In her free time she enjoys baking, writing and tutoring elementary school students.
Sarah Watkins is a senior at American University studying Biochemistry. She is from Central Pennsylvania, where she spent time tutoring students and volunteering in her community. Sarah is passionate about the outdoors, science, and creating art. In her free time, Sarah loves to go caving, hiking, listen to podcasts, and study chemistry. By creating a cohesive and enjoyable learning environment, she hopes to foster students to reach their full potential and inspire future learning.
David Shepard is a national sports talk radio host, educator, and coach in the NYC area. He has worked at Spence, Calhoun, Goddard Community Center, Spruce Street School, City School For the Arts, Goddard Riverside Community School, and for Teach for America in Memphis, TN. David became the first in his profession to host a national terrestrial radio show (CBS Sports Radio), league-sponsored station show (SiriusXM NBA Radio), largest local sports market in the country (WFAN), and has been a writer for a national sports website. He currently hosts a weekly national radio show on CBS Sports Radio which has become the largest major market sports radio channel in the world.
Rowan Drant is a junior at Sidwell Friends School. He has played on his varsity tennis team for the last two years, and as a sophomore was elected captain. He has played tennis from a young age with his family and later competitively and loves helping others find their passion for tennis.
Austin Program Coordinator
Emmaline Dewitt is a native of Savannah, Georgia and currently lives in Austin, TX. She has a Masters in Elementary Education from American University and has more than eight years of experience working with children. Having taught in DC at Jewish Day School, in California at Oakland Hebrew Academy Day School, and now in Austin at Tamim Academy, Emmaline is thrilled to launch Amore Austin!
Kora Quintana is a recent graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, where she studied the process of growing up through the lens of psychology, early education, and storytelling. Throughout her studies, she worked with children in a variety of settings including a non-profit early education center, a governmental agency, a clinical treatment group, and a public elementary school. Born and raised in Hawaiʻi, she is now looking to incorporate those foundational influences into her work with children through nature therapy and education.