"I promote teamwork, shared decision making and collective action," says John Soderman, principal of C.C. Meneley Elementary School in Gardnerville. Under Mr. Soderman's leadership, C.C. Meneley Elementary School has instituted a shared governance model which relies on a written decision-making plan and trains its focus on teaching and learning. Mr. Soderman has also overseen the school's transformation from a traditional model to a multi-track, year-round design. Improved intervention programs for students who are at-risk, a student volunteer program, a variety of enrichment programs and an after-school tutoring program have also been established by Mr. Soderman. As a member of the Strategic Planning Committee in his school district, Mr. Soderman serves on a task force for curriculum development.