It's a wonderful thing when folks give back to the community, and Scott Getty is doing just that.

Having grown up in our valley for the past 38 years and attended Stone Valley Middle and Monte Vista High schools, Scott has come full-circle and is now a physics teacher at Monte Vista. He has been nominated for a Farmers Insurance grant from the "Thank a Million Teachers" campaign.

Melody Thompson, who worked with Scott on writing a grant proposal, told me that he was the only one in our area with enough votes to place for a $2,500 grant from Farmers Insurance, and Scott needs folks to vote for his unique proposal of "Bust a Move-Mythbusters."

"His particular proposal is well thought out, innovative and worth supporting," said Melody, an agent with Farmers and also a member of Alamo Women's Club, along with Scott's mother-in-law, Jerilyn Strong, of Danville. So there's a lot of support for this innovative teacher, no doubt. Melody encourages the community to read about Scott's proposal for his classroom and cast a vote; go to https://www.thankamillionteachers.ocm/vote-for-a-proposal-form/top-20. Scott, who was nominated by a student, is excited about the possibility of helping his upcoming classes through the grant.

"Some of my students are extremely motivated and want to help us get high-speed cameras, so future years get the chance to see things in super-slow motion," said Scott. "You have to be 18 to vote, so a lot of them aren't eligible to vote themselves, but they pester their parents into voting, which is great," he added.

Alamo resident Nancy Combs sung Scott's praises in an email she sent to me.

"Scott Getty is a fabulous asset to the teaching profession. Monte Vista is so lucky to have such a quality person interacting with our youth. When our daughter, Elizabeth Combs, was a freshman, she was new to the area and to California and felt a bit uneasy about the change. Scott was amazing at reaching out to her to make her feel welcome to Monte Vista, when most young teachers would not have had the insight to recognize that a little extra kindness could make such a difference in a young person's outlook. Scott is truly special," wrote Nancy.

Monte Vista Developmental Psychology Teacher Carol Dashiell also echoed Nancy's sentiments.

"Scott Getty is awesome! His students love him. He has a great sense of humor and is dedicated to his students, spending extra time with study sessions, and really cares about them," said Carol. "He does lots of hands-on experiments, and my preschoolers love watching his students do the 'egg drop,' and for the end of the year, Scott's students are making a boat that will float across the swimming pool, which is so much fun to watch," she added.

Not only is Scott a wonderful teacher, I'm told he relishes his role as dad of 3-year-old twins and a 6-year-old, whom he and his wife, Emily, are raising. Despite a brief absence while attending San Luis Obispo, Scott has always considered the San Ramon Valley his home, and he looks forward to raising his family here and helping his students to thrive. Voting on this grant is a way we as a community can show Scott our appreciation and help him attain his goals for his students. So it's a win-win situation! Voting closes Saturday.

"To make an impact as a community, we need everyone to not only read his proposal but also cast a vote these last few days in May," added Melody.

Thanks for your hard work, Scott, and good luck.

Contact Caterina Mellinger at aroundalamo@hotmail.com.