DeAndre’ L. Nixon
Founder & President
DeAndre’ L. Nixon became an entrepreneur in 1998 when he started iN Entertainment, Inc., his for-profit special events production company in Seattle, WA. After dissolving it in 2005 he returned to Akron, OH and incorporated iN Education, Inc. on May 5, 2006 and received its 501 c (3) status in September 2007. Since its inception, iN Education, Inc. has provided educational programs and services primarily to low-to-moderate income pre-K through 12th-grade students in Northeast Ohio and beyond which strengthen their learning outcomes, prepare them for college and technical career fields, and instill a love for lifelong learning.
As founder and president, DeAndre’ brings decades of experience as entrepreneur in entertainment and educational services that has shaped the unique approach of iN Education. He is joined by a long-serving staff of five, a team of about one hundred volunteers and ten industry professionals who have contributed to the success of iN Education’s programs.
DeAndre’s involvement in various community endeavors positions him well as a leader of iN Education. It includes being involved in the Summit County Initiative as chair of the Summit 2010 Neighborhood Group, serving the Buchtel neighborhood in Akron. He is also a Founding Board member of The Capacity Network, an information exchange and knowledge hub for professionals in community service. Additionally, he founded and serves as CEO of the consulting firm, Proficient Pro, Inc. which helps small to medium size businesses with business plans and other start-up related tasks.
DeAndre’ was born and raised in Akron, Ohio; he graduated from Garfield High School. He joined the US Navy immediately after graduation and fought the Persian Gulf War. After serving, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Washington – BOTHELL with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business during his time in Seattle, Washington and achieved an Entrepreneur MBA at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea.
The overall goal of iN Education is to increase overall Standardized Testing averages, improve ACT and SAT test prep awareness, teach youth the “hard and soft skills” necessary for success in all industries, provide incentives to achieve high levels of education, emphasize the importance of continuing education, and address health and wellness for families. We achieve this by offering year-round supplemental educational programs including structured internships and “teen-entrepreneur” opportunities in which hands-on involvement taps into their creative abilities.
Diversity & Inclusion Statement
We made it our top mission to offer equal opportunities for both education and employment to all of the diverse communities we passionately serve, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious beliefs, marital status, age, disability or military status. iN Education’s model is “Every Day is Education Day!” We strive to enrich and empower everyone we serve with our educational programming and services designed to reflect the true beauty of education.