Teacher Andrew Goldstein Bringing Fraternity Brothers Together in Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, July 26, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Memphis resident Andrew Goldstein has always been fascinated by the fraternity and sorority; the characteristics of the organization that they are a member for a lifetime and are always there to support you in a hard time along with celebrating the good times.
These brotherhoods and sisterhoods, however, are much more than just a fun time. They help shape young people into future leaders, instilling a strong sense of philanthropy. A recent government study revealed that over 70-percent of fraternity and sorority members graduate college while only 50-percent of non-fraternity and sorority students graduate.
Andrew Goldstein moved to Memphis four years ago through Teach For America to teach ninth grade World History at a charter school in South Memphis. “I instantly fell in love with the city,” Goldstein explained. “The food is delicious, the people are friendly. It had everything I wanted in a city, except a Sigma Chi alumni chapter. When I realized the closest alumni chapter was in Nashville, I felt compelled to find it here.”The food is delicious, the people are friendly. It had everything I wanted in a city, except a Sigma Chi alumni chapter. When I realized the closest alumni chapter was in Nashville, I felt compelled to find it here."
The Sigma Chi Fraternity has over 300,000 alumni, including celebrities from Hollywood.
But from finding and recruiting local alumni, drafting by-laws, identifying a meeting place, plan key events, collect dues, hold officer elections, maintaining constant communication with headquarters, and more, the process alumni organizations require to found literally requires hundreds of hours
In order to become ratified, an alumni chapter needs at least ten dues-paying members.
Andrew Goldstein is only in the initial phase of founding the new Sigma Chi alumni chapter in Memphis. He has been relentlessly reaching out to Sigma Chi members in the area to generate interest.
“So far I’ve been able to connect with about ten brothers ranging in age from 24 to 63, and I’ve had a really positive reception. I’m very optimistic that this alumni chapter will become a reality.”
Not only does Goldstein have a desire to bring together the brothers of his fraternity in his area, he has the drive to help the students he teaches. That desire is the reason he moved to Memphis for the teaching job he currently has.
“For me, it boiled down to positive impact I wanted on others. It’s important to me that my work helps others, and I didn’t feel like I was going to have the same level of an impact working in an office. I was going to have the most leverage working directly with students.”
The application process to get the position had three grueling rounds - an initial application, phone interview, and finally a five-minute sample lesson and in-person interview.
Andrew Goldstein always thought he would be working in the political arena in some capacity after graduation from The George Washington University. And even though he had another offer in the political arena, he immediately accepted the offer to teach in Memphis.
“It just felt right, Goldstein explains. “I was excited, and little overwhelmed, but in that moment I knew I wanted to teach in Memphis.”
Two days after graduation, he packed up his car and drove west for fourteen hours until he reached the banks of the Mississippi River.
“Teaching over the last four years has been incredibly challenging, but it’s a decision I don’t second-guess for an instant.”
Whether it’s starting the Sigma Chi chapter in his city or molding the minds of America’s future, Andrew Goldstein is making his mark around the city of Memphis.
Also, he has been a supporter of many community-based organizations like Let’s innovate Through Education (LITE), Evergreen Historic District Association, and Tennessee Sheriff’s Association, which works for the betterment of the country.
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