A.C. Cristales

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  • Touching the Lives of students, educators, parents
  • Lead. Empower. Motivate
  • Over 15 Years experience working with young people in public education

A.C. worked in public education for over thirteen years, as a teacher for three and a half years and an administrator for eight years. With more than fifteen years of experience working with young people in public education and other non-profit organizations, A.C. understands what it takes to reach students, particularly those at risk, and also knows the importance of what a true leader has to do to lead an organization effectively.

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  • True Stories from a First Generation College Graduate: In this program, A.C. talks about his personal journey to higher education. It was not an easy road considering His parents' highest level of education was the fifth grade; The trouble he caused at school as a teenager caused teachers and other people say he would never make it to college; The odds and statistics were stacked against him to be a successful college student. However, in spite of the obstacles and challenges he faced, A.C. made it to college and graduated not only with a Bachelor's, but also a Masters degree. His story will definitely inspire and motivate your students to pursue their dream regardless of whatever opposition they may face.
  • Strong, Courageous and Authentic Leadership: In this program, A.C. empowers students to be strong, courageous and authentic leaders. Leaders who are not afraid of standing up for the rights of others. Leaders who understand their life can influence and impact another person's life. More importantly, students will learn that true leadership starts with the individual. Therefore, after listening to this keynote, students will have a better understanding that before leading a group or anyone else, they must must first lead themselves. We are not born leaders. Leaders are formed by knowledge that can equip their heart and mind to change their world
  • You Made it to College. Now What?: Making the shift from high school senior to college freshman can be frightening to some students. Whether it's because they are the first in their family to go to college, or simply because it's a brand new experience. In this program, A.C. leads students toward creating a successful college experience by providing them insight about the importance of personal responsibility, how to handle academic workloads, and time management. He will also help students answer important questions that cannot be overlooked as they begin their college journey.
  • Victory Starts With You!: We all desire to be the best, to win, and ultimately to achieve success in the classroom, in athletic competition, within our organization, and at our job. In this powerful program, A.C. will empower students by identifying several characteristics that are important for a student to have in order to achieve their desired success in every arena of their life. It begins first by looking in the mirror and honestly examining one's life. Then, it's about the decisions that you make. If you want victory for you, your team, organization or group, it all starts with you and the choices you make on a daily basis.
  • Don't Just Think, Wish or Dream BIG, LIVE B.I.G.!
  • Motivational
  • Youth & School Events

A.C. worked in public education for over thirteen years, as a teacher for three and a half years and an administrator for eight years. With more than fifteen years of experience working with young people in public education and other non-profit organizations, A.C. understands what it takes to reach students, particularly those at risk, and also knows the importance of what a true leader has to do to lead an organization effectively. 

As a first generation American, whose parents were immigrants from Central and South America, A.C. was raised by a single mother, who spoke limited English, but instilled in him the lesson that hard work will always pay off in the end. Regardless of his parents' highest level education being only an elementary education, A.C. made it a goal to pursue higher education. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Master of Educational Leadership from Texas A&M – Commerce.

His life story alone provides hope and encouragement for all that through hard work and perseverance, obstacles such as the confinements of family life, lack of monetary resources, and the overwhelming amount of peer pressure that young people face today do not have to be barriers to achievement and success.

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