Jill Hawes is a life-long educator. She spent thirty-five years as a teacher and literacy coach in the public schools. Her love of literacy transcended her retirement when she became a literacy consultant to teachers across the southern states. In addition to training teachers, Jill fulfilled her dream of becoming an author. Her first book, Chippee the Chicken: Longing for a Different Life, was published in 2020, and is being enjoyed by children of all ages. Other books are on the horizon as Jill continues to write and enjoy time with her family.