Our Team

Through unique and creative approaches, our team seeks to boost each child's skills, confidence, and attitude toward learning.

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Molly Tartaglia

Curriculum Coordinator,

Pre-K - 1st grades

Molly joins us as a Curriculum Coordinator for grades Pre-K - 1st. Originally from Ohio, Molly attended the University of Toledo. She received her MA in Early Childhood Education from American University, where she simultaneously taught in “Ms. Kaplan’s Kindergarten class” at Horace Mann Elementary, a DC Public School. Little did she know she would soon take over the classroom and teach Kindergarten there for the past eight years and counting! Mom to three-year-old Scottie and baby Raphael, Molly also serves as a Pediatric Sleep Consultant with Bonne Nuit Baby. Molly and Chloe have remained close friends and colleagues over the years, and are so excited to join forces again through Amore!

Anna DiGiovanni

Instructional Coach

Anna DiGiovanni has been with the Amore team for several semesters as an academic tutor and Creative Writing, Acting, Yoga, and Improv teacher at schools across DC. Anna is a classically trained actor born and raised in Oakland, California. She has an MFA in Classical Acting from George Washington University and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Anna is passionate about sharing her love of learning and finding different ways we can all tell stories.  She continues to bring her passion and enthusiasm to all her students, big and small! 

Emily K. Collins

Instructional Coach

Emily is originally from Buffalo, N.Y. and is excited to bring her passion for environmentalism and creative expression to her students. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Elon University in addition to a minor in Religious Studies. As a teacher at Alice Deal Middle School, Emily successfully directed students in a Shakespeare production and was in awe of their commitment to learning about Shakespeare! She is eager to continue bringing her passion for  creative expression to the teaching world!

Casey Fletcher

Instructional Coach

Casey is an educator with a passion for reading and creative writing. Originally from Smithfield, Virginia, she received her Bachelor’s in Communication from Virginia Tech and is currently studying for her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction at George Washington University. After college, she joined Teach For America as a corps member, where she taught middle school English for three years in the heart of eastern Kentucky. Her favorite part about teaching is building relationships and creating new ways for students to learn that are exciting and engaging!

James Mixon

Instructional Coach

James joins us at Amore as an experienced outdoor educator and freelance journalist. After growing up in Kenya and receiving an international education in Nairobi, James received his Bachelor’s in Philosophy from Belmont University in Nashville. For the last six years he has taught for premiere experiential educators in multiple countries, including the North Carolina Outward Bound School, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), and the Laikipia Wilderness Education Centre. He ran a yoga and mindful movement program while in Nashville and is thrilled to be working with this age group again at Amore! When he’s not teaching, James will be writing, running, or exploring the nearest mountains.

Ilgin Nas

Instructional Coach

Born in Izmir, Turkey, Ilgin graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a degree in Romance Languages and Literatures, and a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She spent the following year in Washington DC as a Humanities Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Museum, and a Curatorial Intern at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. In addition to teaching and tutoring for Amore, she is currently a curatorial research assistant at the Textile Museum, assisting with content development for future exhibitions. In addition to teaching, her interests include Italian art and culture, South Asian religions, world literature, and museum education. 

Ariane de Lucy

Instructional Coach

Ariane has worked with children for ten years and is thrilled to begin working with the Amore team. She is a graduate of Wofford College, where she studied Child and Adolescent Development, Foundations of Education, Learning and Adaptive Behaviors, Social Psychology, and Psychology. A 2018 Teach For America corps member, Ariane taught middle school science in Jacksonville, FL, for two years. Ariane is passionate about working with students to help them achieve success both academically and socially. Her favorite activities with children are science experiments, creating art, acting in plays, and helping them grow and learn to love learning. 

Mostafa Darban

Instructional Coach

Emily Epstein

Instructional Coach

Boma Saka

Instructional Coach

Mostafa has over ten years of experience as a teacher and educational consultant. Originally from overseas, Mostafa has lived in Iran, Malaysia, Singapore, the UK, and now the US for the past decade. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and is fluent in Persian. Now he teaches K-9 math, science, English, and social studies, specializing in comprehension, retention, and test-taking. He also supports students with special needs such as dyslexia, ADHD, and ASD. With these students, he focuses on reading accuracy and fluency by combining phonemic awareness and orthographic memory strengthening. He loves seeing his students walk away feeling confident and proud of themselves. Outside of work, Mostafa enjoys playing with his dog Wellington, reading philosophy, and training for his next marathon!

Emily is a DC native (woot!) and an educator who enjoys helping students integrate their creativity and passion into their work.  Emily graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Philosophy and certificate in Fine Arts. She loves working with children, and comes to us with a background in teaching art as well as teaching English.  Emily loves to watch how kids put their energy into learning and her goal is to provide a strong foundation and tools for students, and guide them so that they can become self-sufficient learners.  She is thrilled to join the Amore team!

Boma is a fourth-year teacher with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Community College Administration and Supervision from Morgan University. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s in Social Work, and nurturing her passion for teaching with Amore! Originally from Baltimore, Boma has experience tutoring, teaching enrichment classes, and overseeing students via Amazon Web Services. When she is not teaching, she is either playing with her Yorkie, Bonnie, or actively writing, editing, and publishing novels. She is excited to bring a love of writing to her students!

Nick McElroy

Instructional Coach

Nick is originally from Northern Virginia and is excited to start teaching with Amore Learning. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History from George Mason University and recently finished his Master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. While obtaining his degree at George Mason, Nick started tutoring with Horton’s Kids and has been there for the last five years. His other teaching experiences include substitute teaching for Fairfax County Public Schools. In addition to teaching, Nick’s passions include watching movies, playing sports, and reading.

Rachael Montgomery

Instructional Coach

Rachael Montgomery is an educator originally from Wichita Falls, TX. She has been working with children in the DC area for 3 years with Amore and Educational Theatre Company. As a playwright, choreographer, and actor, Rachael is passionate about strengthening a mind/body connection in her students. She holds a BFA in theatre and film from Baylor University and an MFA in classical acting from the George Washington University. Her love of working with kids began as a camp counselor, teaching rock climbing and water sports in Colorado. She now lives in the Petworth neighborhood with her mini Aussie, Winifred.

Our Philosophy

Amore Learning's mission is to foster a love of learning. Our philosophy is rooted in the idea that learning should be fun, engaging, and exciting. Through unique and creative approaches, our team seeks to boost each child's skills, confidence, and attitude toward learning. We believe in establishing strong relationships with children and families in the pursuit of growth and happiness. 

McLean Fletcher

Instructional Coach

McLean Fletcher joins us from Asheville, NC, as a virtual instructor for enrichment classes and tutoring.  McLean is an actor, artist, teacher, and life/fitness coach who grew up on a farm in Virginia. She began combining her passions for art and teaching in her studies at James Madison University where she received a BA in Theatre and Special Education, writing a thesis on Theatre Therapy.  She then earned her MFA from George Washington University's Academy for Classical Acting. She graduated in 2017 and began working for Amore Learning, teaching Creative Writing and Acting. She is currently working on illustrating a children's book while splitting her time between LA, DC, and NC! 

Nina Ritch

Curriculum Coordinator,

2nd grade and above

Nina is thrilled to join the Amore Learning team as a Curriculum Coordinator for grades 2 and up.  A Washington, DC native, she is an alumna of Georgetown Day School.  She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, earning a BA in Government and International Affairs.   She went on to receive her MEd in Elementary Education from George Washington University.  Nina has nearly twenty years of experience teaching in Washington, DC independent schools, including the Potomac School and Georgetown Day School.  She currently teaches fifth grade at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School.  Nina lives in Georgetown with her husband, Michael, and two sons, Sam and Jack. 

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We offer enrichment classes, tutoring services, and education consulting.


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