Middle School
510 S. 9th St | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7780 | Fax: 608-789-7181

Ms. Rita Murphy


Rita Murphy

Lincoln Middle School

Teacher – World Language (German)



Resources for Learning German:

1. German Dictionary


2. Quizlet – To Study & Test Yourself

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My name is Rita Murphy, and I teach 7th and 8th grade German at Lincoln Middle School, and German I, II, III, IV,V at Logan High School. Every year, the Middle School students and I host an Oktoberfest, which has grown to 600 participants. Our Deutsch Klub is very active. We rotate every 2 years traveling to New Ulm, MN for a traditional German event called Fasching, and to Chicago for the authentic German Christmas market called Christkindlmarkt. I also promote the German programs at Logan High School and Central High School and have traveled abroad to Germany and Austria numerous times. Exploring the world and other cultures is very stimulating and exciting for me.

I received my BSE from Minot State University. During my education, I traveled and studied abroad in Germany and Austria for two summers.

Following my education, I taught FLEX and German Levels I, II, III, & IV for Minot Public Schools for the following five years and built a successful German program from the ground up. While teaching in Minot, I facilitated 2 exchange trips to Germany and Austria as well as created and implemented a city-wide Oktoberfest at the High School each year. During my last two years, I provided faculty development training sessions for the school district with another colleague.

I moved to La Crosse in 2002 and obtained my MEPD from UWL. Upon completion of my masters, I decided to settle here. I love the scenery, the landscape, and the people of the area.

I have worked for La Crosse School District for the past 16 years traveling among Lincoln Middle, Logan Middle, Logan High, and Central High schools. Building a solid German program is my goal. Teaching German and learning about the German language and culture is my passion.

I was born and raised in North Dakota, near Minot. I have four children, 2 boys & 2 girls, ranging in age from 35 to 40. Three of them live in North Dakota, and one lives in Minnesota. They are all married, happy, healthy, and working, so I feel very lucky.

Not only am I a proud mom, but also a proud grandma! My oldest son and his wife (Lee & Kim) had a baby boy (Jaden) on March 4, 2008, and a baby girl (Morgan) on Nov. 30, 2012. Therefore, I have a cowboy and cowgirl on the prairie in North Dakota!

My oldest daughter and her husband (Beth & Levi) have six children. The first granddaughter (Leya), Feb. 14, 2002, was born on Valentine’s Day! She has 2 sisters and a brother who are triplets (Lydia, Julia & Payton). The triplets were born on September 12, 2007. She also has two more little sisters who were born January 8, 2010 and March 9, 2013 (Maya & Alyvia).

My youngest daughter and her husband (Kae & Layne) live in North Dakota, too. They had a baby boy (Foster) on May 6, 2014. They also have a daughter named Callee who was born on June 15, 2015 and a son named Braylen who was born on September 24, 2016.

My youngest son and his wife (Reed & Ashley), who also live in North Dakota, had a baby girl (Kennedi) on August 20, 2010, a baby boy (Cash) on Feb. 12, 2013, and a baby girl (Huntley) on Feb. 24, 2016. Yes, I have some more cowpokes on the prairie! I am certainly blessed with MANY grandchildren!