Manuel currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri by way of Austin, Texas. He is an educator, an ed tech consultant and certified doodler. Manuel is the 1:1 Coordinator and Design Space facilitator for the Affton Schools, a public school district located in the suburbs of St. Louis. He is an adjunct professor at Webster University teaching Digital Video for Educators and Designing Ed Tech Facilities. In addition to those roles, he is the Communications and Design Lead for Connected Learning, a local educational non profit. Manuel has presented across the country at events like SXSWEdu, ISTE, TCEA, and FETC. In 2016, he was named the Midwest Education Technology Conference Spotlight Educator.