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Brian Kulak

From Mario to Lara Croft, gaming has captivated its players for generations and cemented itself as a fundamental part of our culture. What once was considered a niche entertainment industry has exploded into a billion-dollar global enterprise complete with cable networks and international conventions in its honor. Regardless of the genre or platform, one immutable fact connects gaming heroes and the gamers who assume their identities: in order to reach the end of the game, they all need to level up.

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For Brian, there was only one path to education. By the age of fourteen, when he wrote an essay about Detroit Pistons point guard Isiah Thomas, he had made up his mind that he would never leave school. Since then, he has prided himself on his relationships with students and colleagues, his love of literature, and his passion for writing. As a leader, Brian focuses his attention on supporting teachers’ growth on their terms.

Brian is entering his 20th year in education. For the first fifteen, he taught English and journalism at his alma mater in New Jersey. Most recently, he served as Chief Academic Officer for four years before becoming a K-5 principal in 2018. His blog,, combines shared educational experience with his analogous style to challenge readers to see themselves and their leadership differently. His work has been featured on Edutopia, in Educational Viewpoints, and in Stories in EDU. Brian has also presented on teaching, learning, and leadership at local and national conferences.

Brian is a baseball fanatic, a Pearl Jam aficionado, and a devoted family man. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Level Up Leadership: Advance Your EduGame is his first book.