Our Rockstar Team
Clara Chen is always eager to spread Gusto and Gecko’s love of travel to all children in the land. Clara also tries her best to be a rockstar at enjoying life, with responsibilities that include savoring magical snowy nights, skipping down the street, and searching for desserts as delicious as dondurma (Turkish ice cream).
Clara has traveled to four different continents — she’s swam with dolphins off the coast of Tanzania, slept in a yak hair tent at the Mount Everest base camp, explored cavernous underground cities in Turkey, and futilely battled mosquitoes in the Amazon Rainforest.
Clara’s dream is to teleport to Antarctica to frolic in the snow and watch “March of the Penguins” with the penguins.
Emily Shoemaker is a recent graduate of the Technology, Innovation & Education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Emily is passionate about global citizenship and cultural exchange, and very excited to help the Gusto & Gecko team this summer!
Before coming to HGSE, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and spent two years teaching abroad in South Korea through the Fulbright Program. In her free time, she enjoys travel and video editing.
Vera Feeny recently completed a Master’s in Education in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is passionate about early childhood policy, especially around issues of family and community engagement, instructional quality, and bilingual and multicultural education.
Her interests have been shaped by her experiences as a Psychology and Sociology major, research assistant in developmental psychology studies, and language and culture assistant in Mallorca and Madrid, Spain. Vera also enjoys traveling, photography, and rooting for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Michelle Nguyen recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Human Development & Psychology program. Before graduate school, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Child Study & Human Development from Tufts University.
Michelle is interested in how children grow in a multicultural world. She is also passionate about how media, technology, and other informal channels of learning, such as transcultural fandom, can be used to aid children in their social development and in their cross- & inter-cultural understanding. In her free time, she loves to draw, bake, and watch Asian dramas.
Corazon Higgins recently obtained a Master’s degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. With a focus in teaching English as a Second Language, Cora has traveled far from her natural habitat in Boston with the intention of sharing a love for art, culture, and language with like-minded souls.
Cora has almost 20 years of teaching and teacher-training experience, working with all levels, ages, and nationalities. In this, she has learned that fostering gentle curiosity is essential in creating meaningful discourse between cultures.