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Who We Are

Children are the seeds of hope for our tomorrow.  We believe in the power that they hold, and know that they will mold future generations to come. At Inside Out Academy, we are here to give them the support they need in order to shape them into leaders of the future. We are committed to engaging them in activities that build communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills. We seek to develop partnerships with community agencies, organizations, and schools to provide resources for prevention of social issues such as bullying, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, discrimination, economic deprivation, financial illiteracy, and obesity. Donate today, and see how you can make an impact!

Meet The Academy Founders: History

LaKenya Evans

LaKenya Evans is an eighteen-year veteran educator who has lived in the Mississippi Delta her entire life. The first twelve years of her career were spent in the classroom teaching grades spanning from first to twelfth. Having taught several courses, reading and career discovery are two she deems most rewarding for her career because of the  immediate joy and benefits to her students.  In 2014, Evans transitioned from the classroom to the high school library where she served the dual role of librarian and lead teacher at her alma mater, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Mound Bayou, MS.  This role allowed her to work hand in hand with students, teachers, administrators, and parents in her community, something she had dreamed of since before graduating from high school in 1998. Evans remained in this position until the closing of the school in May of 2018. Additionally, she served as literacy coach in a neighboring school district until she returned to her home district in August 2019 as lead teacher of I.T. Montgomery in Mound Bayou, MS.

LaKenya has earned both a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Education in Elementary Education, as well as an Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from Belhaven University. In addition to her educational credentials, LaKenya has long been an advocate for providing assistance to those in need. This is evident by her affiliation and work with student organizations such as Girl Talk Inc. Her advocacy was further displayed by taking students from the Mississippi Delta to the National Civil Rights Museum, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, NBA and MLB games, and other exciting places. 

LaKenya is married to cofounder, Dr. Samuel Evans, Jr. Together they have six children. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mississippi Professional Educators, National Education Association, and Mississippi Literary Association. LaKenya believes that Inside Out Academy will cultivate minds of children everywhere to harvest bright futures and change our world.

Meet The Academy Founders: Welcome

Dr. Samuel C. Evans, Jr.

Dr. Samuel C. Evans, Jr. was born and reared in the Mississippi Delta and is a product of Greenville Public School District. After high school, he attended Delta State University in Cleveland, MS where he received a Bachelor's of Science in Education degree. He is a twenty-seven year veteran in K-12 public education and has given all his years of service to the Mississippi Delta. 

He began his career in education as a classroom teacher, serving in that capacity for five years. He then served five years as an assistant principal and fifteen years as a building principal. He currently serves as the Director of Professional Development and Data Analysis for the Leland School District. 

Dr. Evans, has served as a youth leader and minister at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Mound Bayou, MS where he now serves as pastor of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church. He has devoted his life to doing all possible to ensure that children he encounters have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Dr. Evans also served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1989 to 1997. His military occupational specialty was 12 Bravo, combat engineer. As an Army engineer, he learned how to build bridges, design and detect mine fields, and survive in severe combat situations. The United States Army instilled in him a discipline and sense of hometown pride that has added definition and humility to his character. 

Dr. Evans is the proud husband of cofounder, LaKenya Evans. Together they have five sons and one daughter. He believes the greatest gift he has ever received is the gift of being a father and husband. He is an active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Mississippi Profession of Educators, and National Educators Association. Dr. Evans  believes that our main mission in life is to be a servant to those in need. 

Meet The Academy Founders: About

Inside Out Academy Board

Below, meet the members of the Inside Out Academy Board of Directors.

Meet The Academy Founders: Youth Programs

DeVoyce C. Morris


Art-cetera Summer Arts Enrichment Program

Life Member and Silver Star
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc

Coahoma Community College
Board of Directors


Joseph McKee

Vice President

Founder and CEO
J&E Enterprises, LLC
Project Learn & Earn 1,000

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Epsilon Xi Lambda Chapter


Kimberly Brown


Accountant & Auditor
State of Mississippi

Certified Public Manager

Finance Ministry
Church Secretary
Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church


Jerry Q. Evans

Board Member

Owner and CEO
Jerry Q. Evans Farms, LLC
Coleman Love Trucking, LLC
J&M Lawn Care, LLC

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rho Alpha Alpha Chapter


Dr. Samuel C. Evans

Board Member

Inside Out Academy

Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Rho Alpha Alpha Chapter

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