My name is Clayton Lindner and I am the principal at Southwest Elementary starting in the 2018 / 2019 school year.  I am very honored and excited to be a part of the great tradition in ISD #318.  I was born and raised in Cloquet, Minnesota and attended undergraduate school at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After I graduated I moved to Phoenix, Arizona where I taught for ten years, earned two masters degrees from Northern Arizona University, and then worked in school and district leadership for four years before coming back to Minnesota to be the principal at Northland Community Schools for three years.

I believe in holding students to rigorous academic standard while using positive behavior interventions and supports for behavior.  It is important to me that ALL students realize that they are capable of success whether it is Home & Family; Education & Career; Community & Service; and/or Hobbies & Recreation.  I enjoy being a part of this community and being a positive influence on students.



Clayton Lindner, Principal