Dr. Dolores T. Burton is an educator and author. She co-authored two books for teachers and parents; The Complete Guide to RtI: An Implementation Toolkit, (2011) and Mathematics, the Common Core, and RtI: An Integrated Approach to Teaching in Today's Classrooms (2013). with Dr. John Kappenberg. Her children’s picture books, But You Don’t Look Like Me and Bully Billy is Back! The Burrowing Owls are Worried, teach lessons of kindness and the acceptance of individual differences using owl characters. A Story of Courage: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is Dr. Burton’s fifth book. As a professor and chair of teacher education, she worked with teachers and administrators to create learning environments where all students achieve. She is a former teacher and school district administrator. She received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to assist universities in South Africa and Iceland. Her work as a Fulbright focused on creating opportunities for all students to achieve academic success.
Jo-Ann Sanborn has painted the threatened Everglades landscape since falling in love with it when she moved to Florida from New England in 1994. The focus of her work brings attention to the fragile landscape with strong expressionistic compositions rich with uncommon color. She invites to the viewer to take a breath and become engaged in the natural world. Sanborn has been honored with solo shows and numerous awards and is a member of the National Association of Women Artists. Her paintings are in corporate and private collections throughout the US, and around the world. Recently she has illustrated two children’s books in partnership with, author Dr. Dolores Burton, who writes about children’s issues. Sanborn’s whimsical drawings use the Marco Island’s threatened burrowing owls as characters. She lives and works on Marco Island where she maintains her studio.