Dear Friends,

I was born in Mercy Hospital 55 years ago, attended David Lubin Elementary School, Sutter Middle School, Sacramento High, and Sacramento City College. I graduated from U.C. Davis with a degree in Russian in 1984. I worked overseas in Moscow as an attaché in the American Embassy Press and Culture section. There I was privileged to witness the historic unraveling of Communism.

After that I traveled widely, met many people from different countries and cultures. That is how I developed an ‘internationalist perspective.’

But I missed home.

I returned to Sacramento to become a teacher in our public schools. Because I speak Spanish and Russian I became an English Language instructor and here the internationalist perspective of my twenties came into good use. I was a public school classroom teacher for twenty years. I retired in 2017 and now work as a writer, and volunteer with my neighborhood association and serve on the school board.

Ellen Cochrane