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Chris currently serves as Superintendent of the Pequot Lakes, MN school district including the  communities of Pequot Lakes, Cross Lake, Breezy Point, Ideal Corners and parts of Nisswa and  Jenkins.   In previous positions he’s served as a social studies teacher, soccer coach, dean of students, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent.  Chris is passionate about leadership and tightening the alignment between education research and education practice.

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  1. Nathan Mielke
    Oct 26 2011

    Hi Chris, enjoy your blog a great deal. Just fishing for some career advice. Are you working on a PhD right now? I want to do it, but am trying to decide if its worth while…


    • Oct 27 2011

      Thank you Nathan, for your positive comments and interest in what I post here. I have considered pursuing a doctorate several times and will likely do that at some point. My two young kids at home have to be my priority at this point in their lives, so if I do head back to grad school it probably won’t be for a few years.

      I have worked with many administrators with doctorates and many without one. I firmly believe having a doctorate has no bearing on the effectiveness of the leaders I have worked with. The best leaders I have worked with are down to earth, naturally brilliant people who are so genuine, humble and authentic that they really don’t know how brilliant they are. I aspire to lead… and I don’t hang degrees or awards on my wall. Leaders earn followers through actions.

      All this said, many great leaders in education are truly passionate learners. My desire to continue to learn will likely bring me back to do more graduate work at some point. I’d love to do that now, but can’t pull it off and be a good dad and husband at this time. That opportunity will come my way, and I’m trying to be patient. Great leaders also know how to say “no” or “not yet,” and I’m trying to model that.

      I encourage you to be a real, authentic leader. If a doctorate is part of your passion to learn then go for it – but don’t see it as a requirement to lead. It is, however, a requirement for teaching at a graduate level if that is in your plans.

      Wish you the best – and thanks again for your engagement in my journey!!

  2. Oct 27 2011

    Thanks for your response Chris. I’m in a very similar spot family wise, with a 2-year old, one on the way and finishing up a masters program this coming spring. I see many “high risers” doing their doctoral work, and worry I’m missing the boat if I don’t do it. When you read about district leadership hires, you see Dr. stamped to the name of the successful candidate and wonder if I want to do that I might really a PhD. I think its in the cards someday, but now might not be the right time.

    Thanks again!

  3. Chris: Just noticed that you unfollowed me on Twitter. I was surprised as my blog is intended for busy people like you who are devoted to daily learning. Check it our at http://DrDougGreen.Com and let me know. Please reconsider following @DrDougGreen. Keep up the good work and good luck. Doug

  4. Chris: Thanks for the retweet. I like your site. It looks like we have a lot in common. Take a look at some book summaries if you get a chance. http://DrDougGreen.Com .


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