Meet the Teacher

Meet the Teacher

Biography

Technology Applications Teacher
Campus 504 Coordinator
LEGO® Robotics Team Coach
Griffin Middle School
Lewisville Independent School District

Email: KralikB@lisd.net
Classroom #1401 / Office #1118
Campus Phone: (469)713-5973

Howdy! My name is Brad Kralik and I am the Technology teacher at Griffin Middle School. I also serve as the Griffin MS Robotics Team coach and Campus 504 Coordinator. In my class, students learn about all types of technology, including digital literacy, robotics, and entry-level programming.

My main objective is to ensure that your child receives engaging, impactful instruction through the use of technology and interactive learning tools, and I strive to deliver a 21st century education that prepares my students for the future.

Before teaching at Griffin, I spent 15 years working in both academic and corporate environments as a computer support specialist, curriculum developer, web manager, and college instructor.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of North Texas and my Master’s degree in Education (Instructional Technology) from Texas Tech University. I am certified by the State of Texas to teach Technology Applications, grades K-12.

I come from a long line of educators and I’m proud to carry on that tradition at Griffin! Scroll down to read about my teaching style and philosophy. Ironically, outside of the classroom I try and avoid most technology. I enjoy gardening, fishing, hiking, and hanging out with my Great Dane, Chloe.

Teaching Philosophy

I support the concept of free and open learning. I believe every student should be subjected to an educational experience free from bias and persuasion. I feel that it is the responsibility of educators to dispense information solely related to the emotional, social, and professional development of their students, without regard to the teachers’ own, personal opinion on a subject.

While I often play “devil’s advocate” in order to challenge my students’ positions and spur their creative thought process, I never disclose my individual feelings on an issue, nor do I interject my opinions into class discussion. Students should be given the opportunity to form their own views based on factual, verifiable information, and they should be able to do so in a safe, comfortable environment free from social, political, economic, or cultural prejudice.

I want the parents of my students to know that my personal and professional goal is to help their child reinforce and build upon what they’ve already learned, as well as provide the building blocks for knowledge they’ve yet to acquire. I do this through a variety of teaching methods, including lectures and teacher presentations, with a heavier emphasis on classroom discussions, group work, and collaborative student projects.

I tailor my lesson plans around student-centered learning; meaning the majority of tasks we perform in class are “hands-on” in nature and actively involve students in the lesson. This is also commonly referred to as the Constructivist teaching method.

My door is always open to both my students and their parents. Should you ever need to reach me, please do so via email, phone, or schedule a time to meet with me in-person.

Education & Training

2018
School Library Media Specialist Program

Texas A&M University at Commerce

2006
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

University of North Texas

Professional History

  • Dallas County Community Colleges
    Web Manager

  • The Art Institute of Dallas
    Design Instructor

  • Texas Tech University
    Curriculum Developer

  • Lime Media
    Web/Graphic Designer

  • Microsoft Corporation
    Computer Support Specialist

Honors & Affiliations

Phone: (469)713-5973
Fax: (972)350-9187
5105 North Colony Blvd
The Colony, TX 75056