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!


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!

Consultant / Tutor

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.


Fabiolla Da Silva

Fabiolla is super excited to be joining the Amore team! She is a professional theatre and film/tv actor with a Performing Arts BA from James Madison University. Born in Brazil, Fabiolla is passionate about using her multicultural skills to make every child feel welcome and celebrated in the classroom. She has a background in teaching PreK-12 as well as guiding adult workshops in the DMV area. In her spare time, she loves taking her dog to the park, going on hikes, and spending some good quality time in nature.


Abigail Sherer

Abigail is a fourth-year student at American University studying Elementary Education. Abigail spent this past summer in Spain where she was an Au Pair and English tutor for a family with three children. Abigail has also tutored elementary-aged students, peer-facilitated a freshman orientation class, worked in a preschool, and spent her high school years volunteering in K-7 Hebrew school classes at her temple. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the Amore team, and hopes to create meaningful experiences and one-on-one relationships with students while learning and growing together!


Liz Rosenberg

Originally from Manhattan, Liz Rosenberg comes to Amore with over a decade of experience teaching in DC charter schools. She has a Masters in Early Childhood Teaching and is a Phi Beta Kappa member from her undergraduate experience at Oberlin College where she studied sociology. Liz is fluent in Spanish and Italian, and continues her work as a polyglot studying French, Hebrew, and ASL. In her free time, you can find Liz deepening her yoga practice as a certified instructor or fiercely cheering on the Washington Nationals with her husband Mike and daughter Rose.


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!


Mostafa Darban

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 Erickson

Emily (Emi) Erickson is an actor, teaching artist, voice coach, and multi-instrumentalist new to the Washington, DC area after nearly a decade in New York. She received her BFA in Drama and a BS in Mathematics from NYU before completing her MFA in Classical Acting at GWU. Emily has worked as a teacher and tutor for all ages across a variety of organizations specializing in standardized test preparation, theater arts, sports and athletics, music, and more. This fall, she can be seen performing in People, Places, & Things at Studio Theatre. When not teaching or performing, Emi can be found running races or hiking in nature, noodling on any one of dozens of instruments she plays, or watching hockey.


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!


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.

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.

Amore NY Teacher

Sophie Thurschwell

Sophie Thurschwell (she/her) is a New York-based teaching artist and actor. A recent graduate of the University of Michigan, her degrees in Drama and Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience helped her to nurture her passions for theatre, education, and neurodiversity advocacy. As a kid growing up in DC, she discovered her excitement for learning through programs like the ones that Amore offers. She hopes to continue sharing this love of all different types of subjects with her students! In her spare time, Sophie likes to crochet and (attempt to) re-learn different coding languages.


Anna Gencarelli

Anna is thrilled to be joining the Amore team this fall. Born and raised on Capitol Hill, Anna is grateful for this opportunity to help a new generation of young Washingtonians make the most of this beautiful city we call home. Anna attended Holy Trinity School and Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School before earning her BFA in Acting from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Along with theatre, Anna is passionate about early childhood literacy, reading comprehension and creative writing. Storytelling has always been a source of joy and empowerment in her life and she is excited to help young people connect with their voice, explore their unique perspective, and tell their own story!


Sophia Jacobs

Sophia grew up in the suburbs of Connecticut and is now at American University studying Elementary Education. She found her passion for education through her work with the Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI). 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. Sophia strongly believes that education is power and allowing students to get excited about it is the first step to success!