Bachelor of Science: UW-La Crosse
Master of Education and Professional Development: UW-La Crosse
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.
Principal, Aquinas Middle School