Jim Andrus is principal of Slaton Junior High School in Slaton, Texas. He has invested the last 18 years in leading elementary and secondary public school campuses, working with diverse student groups. Andrus holds fast to the tenet that school culture and successful learners are deeply linked. He credits the TAP processes for the academic success at Slaton Junior High, citing capacity-building as the primary reason for increased teacher retention and, in turn, student growth. Career teachers are earning advanced degrees and promotions to mentor and master teacher positions and have consistently come from within. A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University, Andrus earned his master's degree at Wayland Baptist University and performed his post-master's work at Texas Tech University.