Chloe Amore Kaplan

Chloe is a fourth generation Washingtonian - a graduate of NCRC, Horace Mann Elementary, and Sidwell Friends. With a Bachelor's in Child Development from Tufts University and a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education from NYU, Chloe is a former classroom teacher who brings her hands-on experience with her to work with other teachers, students, and families. She lives in Georgetown with her husband, son, and dog, but considers the Amore office her second home!

Consultant / Instructor

Shea Holman

Shea Holman hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and a graduate of the University of Michigan. While in law school, Shea spent time providing group and private tutoring to students ranging from preschool to eighth grade. Shea also works with The Purple Campaign, a nonprofit organization on a mission to end sexual harassment in the workplace. Shea loves to hike in Great Falls, listen to podcasts from "The Moth," and hunt for rare books at the Georgetown Flea Market on Sundays.


Khumra Foy

Khumra Foy is a DC native who recently graduated from Norfolk State University with a Bachelors in Information Technology. During his time there, he volunteered as a classroom assistant for a local Norfolk, Virginia elementary school where he enjoyed engaging students through reading and outdoor play. During his summer breaks, he shared his passion and skill for playing soccer through coaching at Sidwell Friends. He also worked as a summer camp counselor for Lowell School, where he learned he truly enjoyed teaching. Khumra currently leads a Meditation class at Washington Jesuit Academy through our Amore for All branch.


Courtney Wyatt

Courtney Wyatt is from Atlanta, Georgia. Courtney graduated from Howard University with a degree in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. She decided to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering because she is interested in combining technology and medicine in order to help patients suffering from heart disease. Her aspiration is to become a pediatric cardiologist. Courtney has always been passionate about teaching students. With teaching, she encourages her students to learn and have innovative ideas. Courtney believes that through education she can change the world and make a difference in the life of someone else. In her free time, she loves to paint, cook, and spend time with her family and friends!


Miya Hamashige

Miya was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and is a recent graduate from the American University with a BA in Musical Theater and a minor in Anthropology. Miya started dancing when she was 3 years old and that’s where she realized she wanted to be a teacher/ mentor. She always wanted to be one of the older dancers that the little girls looked up to. Growing up around the arts Miya strives to teach kids to hone their creativity and think outside of the box. Miya loves all things creative, spending time with friends and family, playing sports and traveling and experiencing other cultures!She is so excited to be a part of the Amore team!


Sophia Jacobs

Sophia grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut and is now a Junior at American University studying Elementary Education. She found her passion for education through her work with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI). There, she mentored and taught ESL classes to immigrant and refugee children, helped organize their Summer Academy, and started a youth services club at her high school. She was awarded the Angela R. Anderson Award by U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal for her work with CIRI and the creation of the club. This year she gave private tutoring lessons to children in D.C. to help them stay on track during the pandemic. Sophia strongly believes that education is power and allowing students to get excited about it is the first step to success! In her free time, she enjoys listening to music with her friends and baking vegan treats.

Program Coordinator / Teacher

Kate Poms

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!


Meghan Bracewell

Meghan, a native New Englander, has called Washington D.C. home for almost 20 years. A graduate from Amherst College, Meghan worked in state politics in Massachusetts before moving to DC to attend law school at Georgetown. Community involvement is very important to Meghan. She has served as a Girls on the Run coach, on the Board of the DC Library Foundation, PTA President Horace Mann Elementary, Chair of the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) at Congressional, and lots more. In her free time, Meghan loves to play tennis, read, cook, and spend time with friends and her family, which includes her husband, Patrick, a native Washingtonian, three children, and field spaniel George.


Peyton Bigora

Peyton is a senior at American University studying journalism and double minoring in political science and creative writing. Originally from Long Island, NY, Peyton moved to DC in 2018 where she has worked in both the journalism and education fields. She is so excited to be a part of the Amore family!


Khail Toi Bryant

Khail Toi Bryant discovered her love for acting and the arts at age four, and is committed to inspiring a love of learning in kids at a young age. Khail, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, has starred in roles on the screen and on stage. She has performed at both the White House and in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the Alvin Ailey School and starred in over 50 national commercials––one of which she received an Emmy for at the age of 6. Additionally, Bryant has starred in films such as, “The Perfect Holiday” for which she was featured in Elle Magazine, “Alex Strangelove” and “See You Yesterday” both of which can be found on Netflix, as well as The Lion King on Broadway for 3 years. She now joins us as a Broadway teacher!


Lilyanna D'Amato

Lilyanna D’Amato, a native Washingtonian, is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, and a National Cathedral School alumna. Lilyanna is an aspiring journalist who enjoys songwriting, creative writing, and teaching. A Comparative American Studies major, Lilyanna served as the Arts & Culture Editor for the Oberlin Review. She is thrilled to be able to encourage children to love learning as much as she does!


Sofia Kohl

Sofia grew up in the Bay Area in California and is currently a sophomore at American University majoring in International Relations. She became passionate about tutoring after working with children over the summer and saw how much of a difference it can make in their lives. By working with Amore, Sofia hopes to help children grow and thrive in an environment where they feel comfortable and accepted. Outside of Amore, Sofia interns with One Journey, a non-profit focused on amplifying the voices of refugees. In her free time, she loves spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and being outdoors.


Anna DiGiovanni

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!

Tennis Coach

Starr Foster

Starr Foster received her first tennis racket from the late great Arthur Ashe when she was four years old, and has had a passion for the game ever since. She joins us not only to teach kids (and adults!) how to crush it on the courts, but also the importance of being a true "Starr Player" through a curriculum she has developed in honor of Ashe. The curriculum combines on-court tennis skills and drills with court-side journaling and conversation about bravery, sportsmanship, respect, and kindness. We are so lucky to have Coach Starr on our team to inspire the next generation of tennis pros! Starr also leads Amore for All tennis clinics with students from our nonprofit partner, the Washington Jesuit Academy.

Spanish Teacher

Maria del Carmen Teijeiro

Maria del Carmen Teijeiro is an educator, researcher, and technologist who is passionate about teaching and learning. She has more than 10 years of experience as a Pedagogical Advisor in higher education with a focus in Biomedical Sciences. When she is not teaching, you can find her at the farm enjoying horses or even teaching as a horse back riding instructor.


Emily Gorman

Emily is a third year student at American University studying in the School of International Service. Her love for international studies inspired her to create a course teaching children about global education. She wants to extend her passion for other cultures, traditions, and history of different countries to young students in order to instill curiosity and appreciation for the global community. She hopes that students can walk away with a vast knowledge of the variety of customs, environments, foods, languages, and history in the world and why these differences are so important and unique. When she's not working hard as an SIS student, Emily loves to listen to podcasts, run, go on bike rides, spend time with friends, and read. Emily developed a love for teaching at a young age when her mom taught Spanish at her elementary school and she and her sisters served as helpers!


Dan Campbell

Dan Campbell grew up in Cape Cod, MA, and moved to DC recently after graduating from Elon University with a business degree. Dan is a sports coach and loves sharing his passion for athleticism with students. While Dan's favorite sports to teach are golf and basketball, Dan is also a phenomenal academic tutor and will be pursuing his Master's in Teaching this year!


Carol Lucarelli

Carol is a native of Bethesda, Maryland and currently lives in D.C. She graduated from Virginia Tech with a major in journalism. Growing up, she spent many summers being a camp counselor. She also taught preschool for a few years. She received her Masters in Education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She has taught 5th and 6th grade in Fairfax County Public Schools, and is currently a 5th and 6th grade math teacher at The Woods Academy in Bethesda. Carol enjoys working with students of all ages, and especially helping those getting ready for middle school. She loves supporting students to realize their full potential and that math can be fun!