Our Team

Dedicated experts with a proven record of success.

Founded in 2012 by three lifelong educators and social service leaders, Clarence Dancer Jr., Marcus Harden and Willie Seals III. ACE was created to fill the gap in the traditional academic and social/emotional educational landscape, specifically African American, African Diaspora,Latino, Pacific Islander and Native American males.

Our team & partners strengthen our ability to serve and help our community. Interested in joining our team or partnering with ACE Academy? Contact Us.


The Founders

(L-R) Marcus Harden, CJ Dancer, Willie Seals

(L-R) Marcus Harden, CJ Dancer, Willie Seals


Willie Seals III


Willie has served in social services for 15 years, has a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University:formerly as Project Director for Seattle Public Schools; Career & College Readiness Manager for (PSESD) Puget Sound Educational Service District, and currently serves as Elementary and Wellness Programs Director of ACE.

Marcus Harden

Co-Founder/Vice President

Marcus has served in school based and social services for 15 years, has a Masters in Education, Principal and Program Manager Certification from the University of Washington. Marcus has previously served as Executive Director of (ACAP) The Accounting Career Awareness Program; Race to the Top Grant Program Manager for Rainier Beach High school; Director of Community Engagement for the Washington State Charter School Association, and as Principal Intern at Summit Sierra High school & Southshore K-8.

Clarence Dancer Jr.


Clarence has served in social services for 15 years, has a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. Clarence previously served as Executive Director of (MESA) Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement of Seattle; Director of STEM and CTE for (OSPI) Office of Superintendent and Public Instruction, and Director of College & Career Readiness for the City of Seattle Office of Education


Our Family


Team Members

Macerio Clark, FAME Coordinator

Joel Allen

Virginia Crawford

James Dixon

Jeremi D. Oliver

Darius Page

Jessica Powell

Khalil Shabazz 

Shadeed Shabazz

Kyle Thompson

Anthony Washington


City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning

Ad Astra Web Development

Goodwill of Seattle

Highline Public Schools

Reign Fitness & Performance

Renton Public Schools

Vigorground Performance & Fitness