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'You learn something new every single day'.

Byline: Madhu Krishnamurthy

Everything Nancy Stade needed to know she learned in kindergarten from her former kindergarten teacher, Lorraine Ripzinski.

From kindergarten through retirement, Stade has spent 52 of her 57 years in the classrooms of Elgin Area School District U-46 schools.

"If I didn't pick it up as a kindergartner then, I got it later on in life from Miss Lorraine as a teacher. She was so nurturing, loving," said Stade, of Elgin, a first-grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Elgin.

An Elgin High School graduate, Stade began as a student teacher at McKinley Elementary School in Elgin working under Ripzinski, from whom she later took over after Ripzinski retired.

"Miss Lorraine was a legend at McKinley," Stade said. "Stepping into her class and taking over, it

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:May 11, 2018
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