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