Consuelo grew up on the border in Texas. So much of what she said had true meaning for me even though I am not Hispanic. What she said truly touched my heart. When I talked to her, I told her I was from Douglas. I told her that I would love to have her come to Douglas and talk to our staff. She promised me that she would.
When I got back to Douglas, I contacted her company. Consuelo is one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the U.S. She is a retired officer in the U.S. Army and was on track to becoming a general. She promised her mother that she would give back to the Hispanic community and so she retired from the Army to start her company. Needless to say, she is able to command "big bucks" for her services. DUSD doesn't have big bucks so I didn't pursue her coming after I found out the cost. In about March, her assistant called me and asked if we still wanted her to come to Douglas. I told her of course but that we couldn't afford her. Well, Consuelo was true to her word about wanting to come to Douglas. We negotiated the price and I can tell you that she truly gave us a deal!!
I was so excited about this that I immediately sent a message to our Governing Board. One of our Board Members is the County Manager. He made arrangements for Consuelo to talk to his supervisors and the City of Douglas and the Chamber of Commerce asked her to speak to parents and members of the community.
She was AMAZING!! We had an excellent turn out for the community night. The next morning, Consuelo spoke to our staff. It was UNBELIEVABLE. Her message is so powerful. What touched me the most was that she dedicated her talk to me!!!
I feel honored and privileged that this incredible woman came to Douglas with her message of hope. She said that public education is the purest form of democracy. She also said we have to save our children because they are the future.
I had so many staff members tell me how much her talk meant to them. They could truly relate to her and where she came from. I am hoping she will come back to talk to our high school kiddos.
Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch is my hero!! I cannot begin to express my gratitude that she chose to come to Douglas!! WOW!!!