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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MISD Employee Earns US Citizenship

(L-R) Jeff Brogden, Assistant Superintendent for Construction Services,
Fidel Escolero, and Mark Williamson, Director Maintenance

When Fidel Escolero left El Salvador for the month-long treacherous journey to the United States 25 years ago, he never imagined he would someday celebrate becoming a US citizen. For over two decades since his arrival, Fidel has cherished the opportunities our country has provided to those seeking a better quality of life through hard work and determination. As a legal permanent resident, Fidel married the love of his life and began a family raising two beautiful children, but his dream was not complete. Attaining US citizenship was always a goal for him and watching his son join the US Navy reminded Fidel just how important it is to serve our country.

"Watching my son join the Navy made me so proud of him and what he was doing for our country. I wanted to do my part as well." said Fidel.

As an employee for the MISD Facilities & Maintenance Department over the last 3 years, he had complete and total support from his coworkers. The year-long process involved applications, interviews, and tests on the English language and US Civics. All of it was well worth the effort once he was able to take the Oath of Allegiance, the final step before receiving his certificate of citizenship.

"I came to this country with an empty box to fill with hopes and dreams." said Fidel. He now has another dream to place in that box.