Phyllis Adams was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in Nenana, Alaska. He is Athabascan and a member of the Toghotthele village corporation and a shareholder of Doyon Limited. He graduated in 1963 at Nenana High School and attended University of Alaska Fairbanks graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1969. Phyllis worked for the Anchorage School District as an elementary teacher for 25 years and now he is happily retired. He is married to his college sweetheart of 50 years and has two children and four grandchildren. Previous boards Phyllis has served on includes Student National Education Association of UAF, Toghotthele Corporation, Johnson O’Malley Education Program, and the Kids Corporation. Phyllis is interested in APU’s mission of promoting an educational program that is both cultural and scientifically responsive to students needs and the environment. The vision of honoring Alaskan Native heritage and education is where he feels he can contribute from past experiences. He has worked with elementary students from many cultures and languages from many countries. This in addition to being raised in a small village in Alaska has given him a unique understanding of different pathways to educational excellence.