For just shy of four decades, Linda Cardoso has molded the young, developing minds of over 1,000 students in the same classroom at Luther Elementary School in Live Oak. But after thirty-nine years teaching third and fourth grade at Luther Elementary, Cardoso says it is time to say so long to her first and only job. Cardoso’s passion for education and teaching began long before she was hired to teach fourth grade at Luther in 1974. A native of Colusa County, Cardoso was raised on a ranch in Princeton, CA. She says her love for reading and language arts were greatly influenced by two teachers she had in fifth and sixth grade. As a student at Princeton High School, she began tutoring elementary school students. It was during this period that she noted that her desire to be an educator began. After graduating from Princeton High School, Cardoso attended Chico State University, where she received her BA in English and her teaching credential. In 1974, she started a twenty-three year long journey teaching the fourth grade at Luther Elementary in the same classroom she teaches in today. The only time she did not teach in that classroom was after a devastating fire destroyed her classroom in April of 1978. For six weeks Cardoso taught in a church, as well as a temporary classroom for three months while her classroom was being rebuilt. Cardoso noted that she loved the fourth grade curriculum and teaching students about the history of California. While teaching fourth grade, she went on twenty-three trips to Sutter’s Fort in Sacramento. Cardoso said she took a brief pause in her career in the 1986-1987 school year to stay at home with her two children. In the late 1990s, Cardoso began teaching third grade to enjoy a reduction in class size. “What a dream…having twenty students,” said Cardoso, “and third graders were just as endearing.” Now Cardoso says that it is time to pursue other interests as she heads into retirement after thirty-eight rewarding years as an educator at Luther Elementary School. “I have loved teaching in Live Oak and have taught generations of many families. I have met many wonderful people in the community and love the small town feel.” Cardoso commented that she enjoys seeing her many students, years after teaching them, as parents and responsible members of the community. She says she will miss working for Luther Elementary, her colleagues, and the daily laughter and joy of children. “Nothing quite compares to a child’s discovery of the power of reading, writing, mathematics,” she said, “and the wonders of art, science, and history.” According to Cardoso, she does not intend to completely leave her life as an educator behind her. Among other things, she plans to do some substitute teaching. Cardoso noted that one of her plans for retirement is to do a lot of traveling, including a trip to her parents’ homeland—Portugal. Cardoso and her husband, Jerry, have lived in Yuba City since 1975. She and Jerry have two grown children—a daughter Jeralin who is an attorney in San Diego, and a son Nathaniel who is a teacher at Lincrest Elementary School in Yuba City. She says that she and her husband look forward to spending a lot of time with both of them. Luther Elementary School is set to have a retirement party honoring Linda Cardoso’s thirty-nine years of service today at 6PM at Ruthy’s, located at 229 Clark Avenue in Yuba City.