Floyd Sucher is principal at Chugiak Elementary School. Widely published, he was nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Elementary School Recognition Program in 1991, and was named the Alaska Elementary School Principal of the Year in 1990. Dr. Sucher places a high priority on staff development to foster academic excellence, and encourages students to perceive themselves as capable, needed and able to influence the course of their lives. His programs assist parents to strengthen their families and discover the vital role they play in educational partnership with their children. His community-based efforts are no less vigorous. Education, he believes, is best supported when it is part of a strong community network.