Dale Ann Hawkins graduated from West Virginia University with a M.A. in Education. "One of my passions has always been teaching young children to read and write, states Hawkins. Residing in the Low country near the rivers and marshes provides many hours of local exploration. Author Hawkins has recently retired from the Charleston County School District after teaching young children for 38 years. She has just completed her second book and looks forward to both writing and illustrating a future book.