Michele Erickson • Author

Michele Erickson is an experienced educator in early childhood and elementary education. She received her BA from Barat College in Lake Forest, Illinois and Assistants to Infancy/Early Childhood Degree from The Montessori Institute in Denver, Colorado.

She worked as a Montessori Young Children’s Directress in Illinois and continued her teaching career in Florida for over 20 years in St. John’s County, Florida. She is currently a third grade teacher in St. Augustine, Florida.

Michele Erickson was recognized as teacher of the year in 2002. She is trained and continues to mentor adult interns who are specializing in education. She is the student council facilitator at her school and finds joy in encouraging a positive growth mindset with all her students. 

 Michele Erickson has been writing children’s literature since she was in college. She decided to write her first book, The Treasured Tree, as an inspiration from her students. She continues to write to encourage children to find a love for reading books with a moral and a message they can take with them throughout their lives. 


Priscilla Humay • Illustrator

Priscilla Humay is an accomplished artist, working in acrylic, colored pencil, and graphite. She received her BFA and MS in Chicago and did Post Graduate Study in Prague.

She exhibits nationally gaining awards and earned Signature Status with the Colored Pencil Society of America. She was twice awarded Artist In Residence at the Big Cypress N. P. Her art is in private and corporate collections worldwide as well as featured in books and other publications.

Ms. Humay was a drawing professor at the College of Lake County IL, Certificate Program Instructor at the Chicago Botanic Gardens IL, and Visiting Artist Instructor for Morton Arboretum IL. She currently teaches art classes at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower through the University of Texas. She also creates, writes, and teaches her own workshops and classes.

The Treasured Tree is the first children’s book she has illustrated with her daughter, Michele Erickson.