Laura Rumpler knows words matter.

Rumpler, the communications director for the Coeur d’Alene School District since 2010, learned that lesson at an early age.

Growing up in rural Oregon, Rumpler came from a small, tight-knit family. Her father, a retired naval commander, and her mother were loving and supportive.

“We traveled often, with my father’s career and my mother being from Scotland. I’ve had an interesting background of experiences and people in different cultures,” Rumpler said. “There wasn’t much fear in my life when I was young.”

Then, when she was around 9 years old, her music teacher pulled her aside and told her she had a horrible voice, that she was singing too loud and ruining the upcoming school performance. The teacher told Rumpler not to sing, to just mouth the words.

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