Linda Blankinship teaches first grade at Walker Elementary School. She attended UCI for her BA in Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Southern California Christian College for her Teaching Credential, and CSUF for her dual-emphasis MS in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Technology. She has taught first through fourth grades in Santa Ana for 27 years. An exceptional school administrator introduced her to TutorMate in 2015, and since then each year Linda has watched with gratitude and amazement as her students blossom in their ability and love of reading, and build a strong bond with their tutors. Linda says that when the students finally meet their tutors at the year’s end, it is always clear that the strong bond is mutually experienced, and that students and tutors alike have experienced the gift of special and lasting memories.