Born in a small fishing village in Kanakanak, Alaska, Eleanor attended the one room school there, being the 10th student for the eight grades. Her family soon moved to Anchorage where she attended elementary school. Her father retired from the military, and the family moved “outside”. They moved first to the Seattle area and then Salinas, California, where Eleanor graduated from high school and attended one year at Hartnell Junior College. Eleanor left the area not long after and traveled and worked in different areas of the United States until she returned to Salinas. There she married a fellow Salinas High School graduate. They both attended Fresno State College where she graduated six months before the birth of her son, Sean. Her husband, Jim Hitchcock, continued in graduate school and he completed his doctorate at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. There their daughter, Traighli, was born.
Eleanor, and her husband and Sean and Traighli lived for years in Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific until she and the kids returned to Alaska in 1974. Eleanor's professional life took many turns until she settled on real estate until her retirement from that profession in 1999. During her real estate career, she served on the Mat-Su Borough Assembly, served as a Real Estate Commissioner, and became a foster parent. Eleanor moved to Wasilla in 1980.
Eleanor’s passion for working with children, and her knowledge of challenges when caring for foster children led her to form (along with two other parents) a non-profit organization, Alaska Attachment & Bonding Associates (AABA) where she now volunteers her time as the President. AABA is an advocacy organization where Eleanor works to assist parents and children through advocacy work and workshops on attachment disorders. After retirement from real estate, Eleanor attended Graduate School and earned a Master of Science degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Community Mental Health. Eleanor's interests in Children's Mental Health led her to establish a Therapeutic Foster home.
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