Broward County

Kindergarten teacher accused of roughing up student

MIRAMAR - A kindergarten teacher ordered to get psychological counseling for being rough with students is again under investigation by the Broward County School District.

Alexandra Kralik, 50, of Hollywood, was removed this week from her classroom at A.C. Perry Elementary School in Miramar, officials said. The school district reassigned Kralik to an administrative position away from students while it investigates an allegation that she grabbed one of her students by the arm.

"We believe it was important for us to remove the teacher from classroom immediately," Superintendent James Notter said Friday. "But the complication with this case is when you get into the low grades -- first and second grades -- there's always some more difficulty in verifying and validating the allegations."

Kralik is being represented by the Broward Teachers Union, which said "Ms. Kralik deserves a complete and thorough investigation" but declined to comment further.

In 1998, Kralik was suspended without pay for a year for pushing a Dania Elementary first-grader's head into a counter hard enough to cause a bruise and laceration, district records show.

She was later reassigned Bethune Elementary School in Hollywood, where, according to state records: Kralik pushed a first-grade girl to the sidewalk in October 2002, then slapped a boy in the head and kicked a girl to the ground in two separate incidents a year later.

The school district suspended Kralik without pay -- again -- for 20 days.

In 2006, the Florida Department of Education placed Kralik on two years of probation, fined her $100 and required her to undergo a psychological evaluation, state documents said.

"By your actions, you have lessened the reputation of all who practice our profession," says Kralik's letter of reprimand. "The profession cannot condone your actions, nor can the public who employ us."

Notter said that once Kralik successfully completed the terms of her probation there was nothing to bar her from returning to the classroom.

"Ultimately, it's a lot like the real world, the outside world," he said. "You have your due process rights and you served in good stead and, therefore, are allowed to remain teaching."