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Laura Ida at her desk with a chocolate rose that one of her students gave her on Valentine’s Day. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Chuck Nowlen)

From stuffed-animal fantasies to real-world lessons, Ida broadens horizons

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When Laura Ida was a little girl in Milwaukee, she loved to line all of her stuffed animals up in neat rows and pretend she was their teacher.


“I’d tell my mom that my stuffed animals were my students,” Ida recalled last week in her fourth-grade classroom at Hudson’s E.P. Rock Elementary School.

“I’ve always felt comfortable working with children, and school was always fairly easy for me, so it became a goal to help others learn. It just seemed like a natural.”

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Chuck Nowlen
Chuck Nowlen joined the Star-Observer team as a business, township and general-assignment reporter in April, 2014 after a three-decade career in newspapers and magazines, and as a newsroom-management/business-planning consultant.
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