FORT CARSON, COLORADO
Manuel Pedraza is a graduate of Southern Illinois University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Education. He is presently completing his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with a focus in Education and Diversity from Excelsior College. Retired military, a parent and grandparent he believes that all children love to learn. His approach is to make leaning fun, by getting students involved and participating within a hands-on environment.
Manuel is one of three Fort Carson (Colorado) School Liaison Officers’ whose focus is helping military connected transitioning students, pre-k to high school and assisting students with college and scholarship information. The Fort Carson’s School Liaison Officers’ cover 28 Colorado school districts, assisting 6,000 military connected students and families that are Active Duty, Retired, Reserves, National Guard, grandparents and guardians with school issues. Manuel is responsible for building relationships and programs with superintendents’, principals, counselors, teachers, parents, and students. He has completed training through the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to include: Living in The New Normal: Supporting Children through Trauma and Loss, Special Education Leaders Institute I, Transition Counselors Institute Phase I, II, III, Colorado Youth Suicide Prevention Specialist and Colorado Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist.