Ayodele Harrison

  • D1 football scholarship athlete
  • BS and MS in Civil Engineering
  • International STEM Educator
  • Football and Basketball Coach
  • Emotional Self-Care Practitioner

His Story

Shortly after "walking on" and earning a full football scholarship at Howard University, Ayodele had a nervous breakdown from the stress of the grind. He recovered, went on to start for 3 years and earned an engineering degree in the process.  After 16 years as a international STEM educator, Ayodele now is an emotional self-care practitioner teaching athletes, parents and coaches stress reduction practices for greater emotional health and well being needed to thrive while on the grind.

His Experience

Ayodele has trained more than a thousand educators, youth development change agents and organizational leaders across the United States in approaches for cultivating positive academic and social outcomes for children and youth, especially Black males. He has spoken in front of many diverse audiences including Fellowship-Black Male Educators for Social Justice, the National Association of Independent Schools, Georgia State University College of Arts and Sciences, and the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color.

Ayodele is an Educational Consultant (www.ayodeleharrison.com) focused on: 1. Empowering Black Male Educators to experience greater fulfillment, 2. Equipping educators to engage and bring forth young STEM thinkers, and 3. Preparing Black boys and girls for success in advanced level STEM courses.

Ayodele is the Senior Partner with CommunityBuild Ventures, is a solution-focused firm committed to developing powerful and impactful leaders and organizations serving Black communities. The vision of the CommunityBuild Ventures' vision is to create freedom from structural and institutional racism in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, businesses, and government agencies.

Ayodele is an Emory University certified Compassion Trainer and currently teaches emotional self-care strategies to educators in Atlanta Public Schools (APS). Within APS, Ayodele is exploring the role emotional self-care plays in addressing issues of inequity in education, specifically teacher burnout.

Ayodele is trained civil engineer turned international math teacher, trainer, facilitator and consultant. His unique expertise comes from his more than 15 years of experience of working in K-12 public, private, and international school settings. Ayodele has been a classroom teacher, department chair, after school and summer STEM program director, varsity athletic coach, scout leader, mentor, and tutor.

Originally from Seattle, WA, Ayodele holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Howard University and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. Ayodele received his mathematics teaching credential in Secondary Education from California State University, Hayward. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife Natasha and two children Ajani and Ifetayo.

Sophomore Year at Howard Univ

Senior Year at Howard Univ