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Dr. Kristine Flesher
Superintendent of Schools

This is my 28th year in Orono Schools and 30th year in public education. I feel very grateful to be here. In July 2021, I became Superintendent of Schools. From July 2004 to June 2021, I held the role of Director of Special Services. In the Director of Special Services role, I provided leadership in the areas of special education, gifted and talented, guidance and mental health, English Language Learners, emergency procedures and character education.

I began my career at Orono as the middle level school psychologist before transferring to the elementary level. While I miss the direct contact with children, I love to watch students develop and mature over their years in school.

I am a lifelong learner. I earned an Education Doctorate in Leadership from Bethel University in 2020. I hold bachelors and masters degrees as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Psychology from Minnesota State University Moorhead. I obtained several administrative licenses from Hamline University in both 2004 and 2016. I also spent several years in a local Masters of Divinity Program.

I live in Independence with my husband John, daughters Jordan and Taylor, both Orono students, and our Labrador Retriever.