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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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. 

Nina Ritch

Educational Consultant / Curriculum Coach

Nina wears several important hats at Amore, ranging from Curriculum Coordinator to Educational Consultant!  A 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. Nina lives in Georgetown with her husband, Michael, and two sons, Sam and Jack... and new puppy Tilly!

Merrell Redway Cherouny

Educational Consultant

Merrell is a native Washingtonian who attended the Potomac School and St. George’s School before receiving her BA from Scripps College. Merrell joins the Amore team as an Educational Consultant after seven years in independent school admissions. She looks forward to building relationships with families as they look to find the appropriate school matches for their children. Prior to her work in education, Merrell ran her own photography business focusing on portraits of families and children. Photography remains an ongoing passion. She also served on the Boards of Project Match and Children of Kibera, non-profits dedicated to educational opportunities. We are thrilled to have her join our team and help families make the best decisions for their children!

Kate Poms

Instructional Coach

Kate is a native of DC and has a passion for bringing arts and creativity to educational settings. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theatre Performance and is a teaching arts and arts administrator. Because her background is in theatre, she loves to help students explore their imaginations and foster the self-confidence that helps kids learn and grow. She is thrilled to be a part of the Amore team!

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!

Emmaline Dewitt

Instructional Coach

Emmaline is a native of Savannah, Georgia who has resided in DC for nearly four years. She is a BA/MAT candidate at American University in Psychology and Elementary Education. Emmaline has over seven years of experience working with children, including being a Partner Teacher in DC public schools. Her favorite aspect to teaching is finding creative ways to instill learning. She possesses a background in the arts from attendance at middle and high schools specialized in the arts. Emmaline is an avid cook, runner, and traveler. Prior to the pandemic, she interned for a leading social care provider in the United Kingdom, Certitude London. She ensures every child makes lasting connections to subjects and fosters overall academic success. Emmaline is ecstatic to be a part of Amore and contribute to the team's dedication to learning.

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! 

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!

Mostafa Darban

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!

Boma Saka

Instructional Coach

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!

Tom Elbert

Instructional Coach

Tom Elbert, originally from Long Island, New York, moved down to Washington D.C. to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, he pursued his passion for working with children through the D.C Reads, a tutoring, mentoring, and advocacy program that serves Ward 7/8 elementary students a grade level or more behind in literacy skills. This fall, he worked to help elect Allister Chang to the Ward 2 D.C. State Board of Education. Since then, he has co-founded Literacy Allies, an outdoor education program designed to provide local students with safe, in-person learning opportunities in neighborhood parks. In his spare time, Tom likes to play the piano, read about national security, and play ultimate frisbee.

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.

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!

Isabelle Jennings Pickering

Instructional Coach

Isabelle is a teacher and actor who is passionate about helping students cultivate a love of learning in and outside of the classroom. Originally from San Diego, CA, Isabelle moved to Washington, DC to pursue her Bachelor's degree in musical theatre and Spanish at American University. While in school, she interned at the Smithsonian Discovery Theatre, where she learned to develop creative curriculum and engage students through play-based learning. She has worked with children in the DC area for the past five years, and always strives to integrate art and play into her teaching. She is thrilled to be joining the wonderful, talented Amore team!

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