​Author/Editor: Yvonne Cumberland

Yvonne Cumberland, co-author of the "Spirit of Texas" curriculum, is the owner and director of Texas Educational Consultants. After spending over twenty years in a variety of schools, she now motivates both students and teachers to set and meet worthwhile goals. 

​Yvonne has three sons and three grandchildren and prays that her love for this great state and its incredible history will be contagious.

Author: Laurie Cockerell

Laurie Cockerell is a wife, mother of four children, and grandmother. She is a former school teacher and adoption caseworker/manager, and homeschooled her recently graduated twins. Laurie is the award-winning author of the following books: "Founders' Fables: Ten Tales for Future Patriots," "Magnificent Sam: The Amazing Adventures of Sam Houston," "The Miracle," "The Spirit of Texas" history curriculum, and "Imagine Texas: Texas History Writing Prompts." She collaborated with her brother, Travis Dougherty, on two of these books, and was delighted to work with her friend and photographer Deanna Ford on "The Miracle" and Yvonne Cumberland on "The Spirit of Texas." In addition, she provided the poetry in collaboration with renown artist Balazs Szabo for his book "A Hawaiian Legend of Love and Betrayal."

Laurie is the owner of Kinderfable Press and lives in Fort Worth, Texas. She frequently speaks to both children and adults on the life of Sam Houston. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Will Rogers Medallion Award.


Illustrator: Travis Dougherty

Travis Dougherty resides in Houston, Texas, where he is an architect, husband, and father of two sons. He is actively involved in his church and in his children's lives, but found time to illustrate both "Founders' Fables" and "Magnificent Sam." He has also recently released the beautiful "Sketching the Bible" series of books and art tiles. Coming from a family with multiple generations of teachers and artists, Travis has always been interested in education and how his design skills can make a difference within and beyond the world of architecture. Travis is available to speak to both children and adults on the topics of Sam Houston and the process of illustrating children's books.


Photographer: Deanna Ford

Deanna Ford is a wife, mother of three, and photographer at Life in Low Aperture. She and her family live in Waco, Texas. She is actively involved in her children's lives and her church community.

"The Miracle" is her first book.