Our Rockstar Team
Longy, our founder, is naturally curious and mildly adventurous. She has travelled independently across 7 continents, over 40 countries and 100 cities mostly on a shoestring budget.
Longy has kissed a giraffe in Kenya, swam amongst schools of fish at the Great Barrier Reef, trekked around lagoons in Torres del Paine, flirted with penguins in Antarctica…and the stories go on.
Longy’s dream is to one day fly to the moon with a wardrobe full of pastries and play fetch with her humongous, drooling, happy husky on a lunar crater!
Longy received her Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne. In 2017, she obtained her Master’s in Education (Technology, Innovation and Education) from Harvard University.
Vera Feeny, our educational content developer, 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.
Corazon Higgins, our research and outreach assistant, 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.
She loves working and playing with children! Her other hobbies are singing songs and dubbing for a cartoon. She uses funny voices to illustrate completely different characters, such as Judy and Officer Clawhauser in Zootopia, Minions and Agnes in Despicable Me, and all the family members in The Simpsons… When she travels, she not only likes to take pictures of the beautiful scenery but also likes her photographers taking photos of her!
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.