Valerie, a public school teacher for 16 years, has educated students in Alaska, Seattle, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Wenatchee. She is currently an ESL instructor at Brewster Middle/High School. Her favorite subjects to teach are English, ESL, and French. For eight years, she lived in Paris, France, attended university, and owned a houseboat on the Seine. Her travels have taken her to India, Indonesia, Thailand, and many European countries. When Valerie lived in Los Angeles, she became more progressively-minded and politically active, inspired by programming on Pacifica radio station, KPFK. Finding the extreme rightward turn of our politics intolerable, she has volunteered for the Okanogan County Democrats in the hope of turning things around.