Manuel Fernandez is the Program Director of the Latino Enrollment Institute (LEI). Following a long career as an elementary and middle school teacher in Los Angeles, CA, and Goshen, IN, Fernandez joined the ACE team to help facilitate the improvement and expansion of Catholic education within the Latino population. Each year that Fernandez taught in Indiana, he was recognized by the state department of education for facilitating the highest growth in test scores among his students. He resides in South Bend with his wife, his daughter, and his two sons.
Fernandez graduated from California State University at Los Angeles with a degree in Urban Learning, a teaching program designed specifically for working with at-risk children from poverty-stricken neighborhoods.