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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.

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“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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