Superintendent Chris Lindholm started in July 2013 after serving as Assistant Superintendent of the Burnsville-Eagan Savage district, Principal and Assistant Principal at Shakopee Junior High School, Dean of Students at Edina High School, and Social Studies Teacher and Head Girls Soccer Coach at Northfield High School.  His two children, Sam and Anne, attend Pequot Lakes Middle School and High School, and his wife Kristin teaches Language Arts in the Pine River-Backus School District.  The Lindholms live in Breezy Point and are grateful to have a large garden, raise chickens and Cormo sheep, and be part of a community that puts the word "community" into real action.  

You can read about Chris' journey and his thoughts on education & leadership on his blog Supt's Thoughts.  

Chris is passionate about closing the gap between daily practices in public schools and the research on effective schools, brain development, leadership and instructional practice that continues to grow each day.  He enjoys family time, contemporary worship, gardening, home improvement, fishing, hunting, golf, and in his spare time - leading the improvement of education...  Chris is a graduate of St. Olaf College and holds degrees and licenses issued by Winona State University, St. Mary's University, and MN State University Mankato.  

Chris' engagement in the greater community includes: 
  • Central Lakes Rotary Club member since 2014 and president in 2018-19
  • Pequot Lakes Economic Development Commission member since 2016 and chair in 2019
  • Member of the Greater Pequot Lakes Area Community Foundation
  • Happy Dancing Turtle board member since 2018
  • Advisory Council member for Sourcewell Regional Programs since 2014
  • Sourcewell Ex-Officio board member since 2015
  • Region 5 Children's Museum Planning Team in 2017 and 2018
  • Member of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa since 2014