Educational Background
Bachelor of Science:  UW-La Crosse
Master of Education and Professional Development:  UW-La Crosse

Educational Experience
12 years with Aquinas Catholic Schools
29 years total teaching experience


Welcome to Aquinas Middle School. I am Patty Gallagher-Kosmatka, Principal of Aquinas Middle School.  I am a 1979 graduate of Aquinas High School and a 1983 and 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Mathematics and a Master of Education and Professional Development Degree (ME-PD).  I am a Wisconsin licensed 7-12 math teacher and K-12 school administrator.  I began my career as an intern and then full time math teacher at Amery Middle School in Amery, Wisconsin.  From there I moved to Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin where I taught primarily Mathematics.  I did teach Religion and Yearbook as well, along with serving as Dean of Academics and Scheduling Coordinator.  During my sixteen years at Assumption, I was also an Intramurals Coordinator, Assistant Track Coach and Varsity Volleyball Coach.  In 1999 I became the principal of the newly founded Assumption Middle School.  It was a wonderful and exciting opportunity!  Assumption was and is a strong part of who I am today.
I moved to La Crosse and Aquinas Middle School in 2000.  It is with great pride, pleasure and awareness of privilege that I serve the families and students of Aquinas.  As a Catholic middle school housing seventh and eighth grade students, I am very aware that these developmental years are certainly challenging for our students.  As a school community with God as our focus, I believe in an educational environment that unites our faith, our family and our youth.
My husband, Greg, is a graduate of Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids.  We have two daughters, Gretchen and Regina. They attended Blessed Sacrament and Aquinas Middle School and graduated from Aquinas High School. I am blessed with the many gifts that I receive in being at Aquinas and having been at Assumption. The combination of God, dedicated faculty and staff, trusting parents and enthusiastic students makes for an amazing career.

Patty Gallagher-Kosmatka
Principal, Aquinas Middle School
 

Contact: Patty.GK@AquinasSchools.org