La Crosse
Design Institute
1900 Denton St | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7670 | Fax: 608-789-7975


LDI Advisors


Dr. Maggie McHugh- 6th grade advisor

Greetings LDI students and families! I am thrilled to be a teacher/advisor at LDI. I am a fourth generation teacher, with both my parents, my grandmother, and my great-grandmother all teachers. My background is in Mathematics and English Language Arts. I taught for one year at Bangor High School before teaching at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. I have a Master’s in Education- Professional Development and have a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. I enjoy working and living on my 7 acres of land with my husband John. My hobbies include reading, gardening, dancing, traveling, and technology. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Best wishes for a great school year!


Garrett Zimmerman- 7th/8th grade advisor

Hello students, parents, and community members. I am overjoyed to be working as an advisor at LDI! I was born and raised in the small town of Hillsboro, WI, which is about an hour from La Crosse. I grew up in a household of educators. My mother is a first grade teacher at a neighboring school district, and my father was the 7-12 principal at my alma mater of Hillsboro. In high school, I was extremely busy and tried as many different activities or clubs as possible. I was in football, basketball, track, Drama Club, band (tubas are the best), and FBLA. I am still an avid sports fan (Go Pack Go!). I love to be active, and I try to encourage others to do the same. After high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where I majored in Broad Field Social Studies Education with minors in History and Economics. I also received my Master’s in Education – Professional Development with an Educational Leadership emphasis for a principal license from UW-L. Please feel free to contact me at I would be happy to discuss anything you need! Have a great year!


Katy Gallenberg- 7th/8th grade advisor

Hello to all of the LDI parents and students, as well as the La Crosse community members.  I want to start by saying that I am very excited to join the LDI team as the new teacher/advisor.  I am from Antigo, which is in north central Wisconsin.  My family owns a potato farm which I grew up on for the first half of my life.  My dad and the farm taught me what it meant to work hard for what you have and that is something instilled in me yet today.  Music has always been a large part of my life, and in high school I played saxophone in the marching band and took piano lessons.  I was also involved in soccer and clubs such as the national honors society, Job’s Daughters, and drama club.  After high school, I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where I majored in Chemistry Education with a Mathematics Education Minor.  My hobbies include playing cards, playing piano when I get the chance, going hiking on the bluffs and going fishing in the summer.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at  I am looking forward to a great rest of the year!