LabbaYo was founded in Seattle Washington by Gail Harriott. She has worked for 10 years as a Software Program Manager with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. Gail grew up in Jamaica where the official language is English but the local dialect, patois, is influenced by residents who came from African, India, China, nearby Haiti and Cuba. Her heritage and observing as her son navigates his multilingual community sparked a desire to focus on language and make it more accessible to other families.
Why LabbaYo? In Jamaica we describe chatterboxes as labba labba. Gail combined labba with yo, which means I in Spanish, to form LabbaYo.
Tracy LaRue Hohn
Tracy is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration. She entered the graphic design field creating ads, logos, brochures and custom illustrations.
Tracy is a published freelance artist who specializes in children's illustration. She works in both traditional watercolor and digital media using Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Today she works at a photo greeting card company but continues to freelance. She has contributed to over 30 books and still loves to bring whimsy into the world of visual arts. Tracy still resides in the Bay Area with her awesome husband, two wonderful children and a big hairy dog.