Brad Kralik, M.Ed.
Howdy! My name is Brad Kralik and I am the Technology teacher at Griffin Middle School. In my class, students learn about all types of technology including, computer literacy, entry-level programming, game design, robotics, structural, automotive, and aerospace engineering, computer assembly, diagnostics, and repair.
My main objective is to ensure 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 MS, I spent 15 years working in both academic and corporate environments as a computer support specialist, multimedia designer, web developer, 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, hiking, mountain biking, and hanging out with my Great Dane, Chloe.
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.