Educator Ross Hamilton recently became the president of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s Nu Sigma graduate chapter. The longtime teacher is poised to continue the beneficial work of the fraternity throughout Philadelphia.
“Brother Ross has a commitment to see the success of today’s youth and I am glad he is our new President,” said fellow Sigma Wes Hatton.
Providing maximizing his influence on students through his classroom teachings of history, Hamilton is an award-winning educator at Mastery Charter Schools’ Simon Gratz High School.
Recognized by the Lindback Foundation for going out of his way to offer advice and guidance to his students, Hamilton received the foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. That same year, Martin Luther King High School bestowed the Teacher of the Year Award on him for being an asset inside and outside of the classroom.
“Ross is one of the most kind, intelligent, passionate men of God out here,” said a friend, Megan Jackson-Koger. “He loves his students and he is an awesome teacher who believes in equipping our youth with the greatest weapon, knowledge.”
A native of New Rochelle, N.Y., Hamilton now resides in Glenside with his wife, Imani, and their two daughters, Anaya and Azaria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media arts from Clark Atlanta University and a master’s in adolescent education from St. John’s University.
As one of the many distinguished members of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, Hamilton also takes the time to coach his daughter’s soccer team.
“I’m happy to be in the space that I’m in now, there are a lot of good things going on and being planned,” Hamilton said before the fraternity’s Founder’s Day Brunch recently. The fellowship gathering was attended by more than 120 people and “it was definitely a great way to bring in the New Year,” he said.
Nu Sigma has enjoyed a productive start to the new year. Engaging members in last month’s MLK Day of Service, cleaning up Finley Recreation Center in Mt. Airy and John Anderson Recreation Center in Overbrook, the chapter has a slate of social action plans.
“Our director of social action, Jerel Ferguson, is creating independent living workshops for those who are graduating from drug and alcohol recovery programs,” Hamilton noted about some of the activities.
Other activities are being planned with the March of Dimes, a voter registration drive and the Adopt- A- Highway program where Nu Sigma members will clean a stretch of several blocks in Mt. Airy on a quarterly basis.
“I have participated in events that he [Hamilton] held at Gratz High School, which was to bridge the gap between citizens and law enforcement officers,” said Hatton. “He is an excellent example of our motto: Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”
Established as a graduate chapter in 1922 by members of a Philadelphia undergraduate chapter, Epsilon chapter, the Nu Sigma chapter was chartered at Temple University.
Nu Sigma, which comprises more than 100 members, has been involved in communities through the implementation of the fraternity’s national programs and a strongly active Sigma Beta club, a youth auxiliary group.
In his first year as president, Hamilton plans to roll out the fraternity’s national program, Sigma Economic Empowerment Development Project, or Project SEED. The business program will focus on informing communities on financial management and homeownership.