WHO IS A.C. CRISTALES?
A.C. Cristales is a passionate speaker and a dynamic education and leadership consultant who is making a remarkable impact in the lives of young people, educators, and leaders.
Over the past ten years, A.C. has delivered hundreds of presentations to students, educators, parents and youth workers. Using his own personal and professional experiences, A.C. connects and inspires his audiences with engaging speeches and music! A.C. speaks at schools, conferences, conventions, camps, retreats, and other events for students and those who work with students.
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.
A.C. is co-author of Eternal 3 -- School of Hard Knock Truths, which is a guide for helping individuals achieve personal and professional success, regardless of the obstacles and challenges they face in life.
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.
A.C. believes everything starts and ends with family. He currently resides in Dallas, TX, where his best moments are with his daughter, hanging out with his family, playing golf, and watching sports. He is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. Therefore, he knows a thing or two about heartbreak.