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


Melissa Murray, Principal

Contact Phone:  608-789-6602

Hello and welcome to Lincoln Middle/Coulee Montessori/SOTA II Middle School. I am Melissa Murray, Principal.  Lincoln is a unique combination of traditional middle school with two charter schools.  Our school population is about 430 students.  We work very hard at being open and inclusive and we do a GREAT job at it!  I am humbled each day to be leading the staff and students at Lincoln. It is such an honor to be surrounded by an exceptional staff, and to work with fantastic young people, learning and striving to make their way in the world.  Parents and family are a vital part in the lives of these terrific young people.  I believe in the power of working together: school, home, students, families, teachers. Know that we all want what is best for our children and communication is a key to that. I encourage you to be in regular contact with your child’s teachers, and expect us to be in contact with you. Together we can do GREAT things for our next generation of leaders:  your children.

Feel free to contact me at any point as well. I welcome our conversation.

Garrett Fischer, Dean of Student

Phone:  608-789-6601

My name is Garrett Fischer and I am excited to be the new the Dean of Students at Lincoln /Coulee Montessori/SOTA II Middle School. I also share Athletic Director responsibilities and help support the variety of extra curricular programs offered  at Lincoln /Coulee Montessori/SOTA II Middle School. I am eager to continue working with the students, families, staff, and community that make up these three amazing schools! I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater near my home town of Watertown Wisconsin. Upon completion of my undergraduate work, I quickly moved to La Crosse. I taught at State Road Elementary for 7 years and moved over to teach at Lincoln Middle School for another 2 years. In 2015, I earned my Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from Viterbo University. I am proud to work for a school that strives to ensure that all students can learn and succeed both in and out of the classroom. Communication is important to me and I encourage you to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. You can contact me via district email or phone. I’m looking forward to working with you and your children this upcoming school year!

Garrett Fischer, Co-Athletic Director

Michele Plagman, Co-Athletic Director