Educator Spotlight | Ayo Akinmoladun

Ayo Akinmoladun was born and raised in Grandview, Missouri before pursuing education at Georgetown University and Teach for America. Ayo chose to work in education because he sees himself in his students and wants to guide students to believe in themselves, like his mentors and teachers once did for him.

As the 3-5 ELA Dean of Instruction at CPL, Ayo raves about his team of teachers, “I have a very dynamic team. Graham is a seasoned veteran and wants to break every personal record that he has ever had a Cornerstone. Michelle comes in every day and works extremely hard to give students a high-quality education. Marissa may be one of the best first year TFA teachers that I have seen. I love working with my team and they are extremely passionate about what they do. It makes me want to go even harder for them each day. “

Ayo was recently selected as one of the Memphis Flyer’s 20 < 30 Class of 2020! It’s apparent that Ayo was made for education, but if he wasn’t an educator, Ayo would love to help people become debt-free or be a 5-star chef.

Ayo has called Memphis home for the past seven years and loves the Delta State Fair, Memphis Tigers, and BBQ – even if he doesn’t think it’s better than Kansas City’s. 

Next time you see Ayo in the CPL halls, congratulate him for being one of Memphis Flyer’s 20 < 30 and ask him what it was like to grow up with seven siblings!