Great schools do more than teach kids how to read and write. They teach kids to engage, think critically and lead. When I first began teaching, I realized many of boys had room to improve both their academic and leadership skills. So, in October of 2012, I partnered with two colleagues at Matthew W. Gilbert Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida to unite the male population at our school. We envisioned a program that would help build the boys in our school into young men. Modeled after a fraternity, we focused on the pillars of scholarship, brotherhood and leadership. When I began teaching at Nashville Northeast Elementary in 2015, I extended the organization and created the Beta Chapter. I’m proud to share Mu Phi Gamma has already made an impression on our campus. Currently the Beta Chapter is impacting 18 young men. The Mu Phi Gamma Rocketeers participate in community service projects, tutoring, brotherhood gatherings, awareness seminars and have even formed a step dance group.
As a result of our efforts thus far, members have improved academically and behaviorally. Our young men now have an outlet for their passion and are inspired to come to school as leaders each day.
One of our members wrote a personal testimony of the impact Mu Phi Gamma Fraternity has had on him thus far this year. Here is his perspective:
My name is Tyler Johnson and I am a fourth grader at Northeast Nashville Elementary and a member of Mu Phi Gamma Fraternity. I love being a member of Mu Phi Gamma and having 17 brothers. We all are very close and work together to make an impact on our campus. I really enjoy spending time with my brothers twice a week. We have study hall and step practice. Step practice is fun as we are working together to put on a show for our school and community.
Mu Phi Gamma Fraternity has helped me grow into a leader at school. Every day I take 10 minutes out of my day to mentor my “little” brother. This is a student assigned to me that I check on and give encouragement throughout the week. This helps me be accountable and make sure I am making the right decisions because I want to model the right behavior for my mentee. Mr. Frazier, Mr. Scholar, Mr. Summit, Mr. Song, and Mr. Elmore have also worked hard to build leadership in me as well. They are constantly reminding us to serve the students on campus by being a source of inspiration for them. I really like Mu Phi Gamma and I am grateful to be a member of this great organization.
In only three short months, the young men of Mu Phi Gamma’s Beta Chapter have made huge strides; their leadership echoes throughout the halls of our school. I look forward to continue to partner with them to grow our chapter, our leadership and our impact.
About Mu Phi Gamma Fraternity, Beta Chapter:
Cameron Frazier is a third grade humanities teacher at Northeast Nashville Elementary. Before joining the Rocketship team, he taught in Jacksonville, Florida for three years. When Cameron isn’t hanging out with Mu Phi Gamma members, he enjoys reading and buying kicks (sneakers).