My husband, Ed Bearden, is on the Empire school board. We have often gone to events in the Empire School District. More than 20 years ago I met Steven Grenbeaux at Empire Elementary, where he teaches. I am impressed with his classroom style, his genuine concern for the children and the obvious respect of parents who flock to his open house presentations. Steven was elected to Who's Who Among American Teachers in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was the 2002 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year from the Modesto area. His superb teaching background and his 12 years as a trustee for Modesto City Schools makes this the right time to bring Steven back where his honesty and sense of integrity can make a difference -- on the Modesto school board.