District Boss Interview: Chloe Kaplan

Meet Chloe Kaplan, founder and teacher at amore learning, a boutique education service in Washington, DC.

From a young age, Chloe Kaplan dreamed of teaching and began working to enrich the lives of school children while she herself was a student at the local Sidwell Friends School. While in college, she created tutoring and mentor programs for children in the Boston area, and then moved to work at Horace Mann. She later pursued a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and now works with local students here in DC! Not only does she strive to teach and help kids in her community, but she's worked to create a curriculum for children in South Africa. We love Chloe's bright energy and warmth, and are excited to introduce her to you, our RINGLET Community!

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1. Tell us about your business!

Amore Learning is all about inspiring a love of learning in children. We offer fun and exciting enrichment activities like Creative Writing, Yoga, and Film Club, as well as private tutoring and education consulting services. We started out two years ago by offering a Creative Writing class at one school, and feel lucky to now be in seven schools across DC. Whatever we’re focusing on with our students, we want to make learning fun and engaging so that kids really love the process. My middle name is Amore, and love of learning is the name of our game, and with that, the business was born!

2. What lead you to where you are today?

I was totally the kid that played teacher with my stuffed animals. I always knew I wanted to work with children and launched a summer camp out of my house when I was around 12 (major shout out to the parents who trusted me back then!). I was a classroom teacher for many years and absolutely loved it, but I’ve always been interested in the business side of things, too. Though my husband is the one with the business degree (and still won’t give me a crash course in running one…), I decided to give it a whirl and combine all the things I love about teaching, working with other teachers, connecting with families, and most of all, inspiring students.

3. What brings you the most joy when working with your teachers and students?

Laughter, laughter, and more laughter. The other Amore teachers and I are all deeply committed to goofiness, so we end up having just as much fun as our students do! Also, when a student grasps a new concept, responds excitedly to an activity, or turns their frown upside down.

4. What’s the best part of being an entrepreneur? The most difficult part?

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The best part of being an entrepreneur is doing what I love. The quote about “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life,” feels so spot on. I’ve never ever worked harder in my life, but there should be another name for it… it doesn’t feel like work-work. The most difficult part is wearing so many different hats. I have no background in business, law, web design, community outreach, social media strategy, bookkeeping, and so much else, yet I’ve had to put together an LLC, create independent contractor agreements, launch a website, set up a corporate account, and — oh shoot, I just thought of another dozen things on my to-do list. Thankfully I have found wonderful people to help guide me along the way, but it’s a lot to take on!

5. How do you stay motivated and continue to grow, personally and
professionally?

By surrounding myself with awesome people.

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6. What’s your nighttime routine?

I wanted to say something cute here about playing board games with my family and watching tv by the fire (which are both occasionally true), but my husband reminded me to be honest and say that the reality is evenings are a balancing act. There’s never a time to clock out at work. There are always improvements to be made, parents or other teachers to contact, and ways to boost engagement. And because this is my own business and I’m so passionate about it, I want to do more. But I need to be able to unplug and unwind for my family (and maybe my sanity?). My son is four, and I don’t want to miss out on any important or hilarious moments of his childhood. I like to cook dinners, and have burnt many a meal while replying to emails, or setting up the next episode of Paw Patrol, and forgetting to set a timer. I also like to stay up to date on TV shows (Homeland! Versace! Also major Matt Czuchry fan so slightly addicted to The Resident), fashion, and obviously celebrity gossip… so let me know if you know of any time management specialists :)

 

7. What’s one piece of advice you would give to other entrepreneurs in the
education industry?

Never take yourself too seriously. Sometimes the kids have as much to teach you as you do them.


Katrina Kagan