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Call me MISTER

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The mission of the Call Me MiSTER® (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State’s lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.

The Call Me MiSTER® program is contributing to the talent pool of excellent teachers by identifying and supporting students like Mr. Mark Joseph (shown here), who are literally “touching the future” by teaching children. Mark’s teaching degree was made possible through the Call Me MiSTER® program.

The project provides:

  • Tuition assistance through Loan Forgiveness programs for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study in teacher education at participating colleges.
  • An academic support system to help assure their success.
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support.
  • Assistance with job placement.

Video Spotlights

Call Me MiSTER® was developed by some of our State’s visionary educational leaders who sincerely believe we can build a better tomorrow by getting you involved today.

What To Expect

  • Participation in a variety of mentoring and tutoring programs at elementary schools middle schools, community centers, and colleges
  • Social and academic support activities tailored to meet the needs of your specific cohort
  • Mentoring and support form dedicated Call Me MISTER program staff

Did You Know?

  • Call Me MISTER was developed by some of our state’s visionary educational leaders who sincerely believe we can build a better tomorrow by getting you involved today
  • As of the summer of 2013 — Call Me MISTER has resulted in a 40 percent increase in the number of African-American male teachers in South Carolina public elementary schools
  • MISTERs can connect with other MISTERs from 14 other colleges in South Carolina and programs in six additional states: Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri and Georgia

Student Perspective
“Clemson University can seem a like very big, intimidating place, so it was great having the older guys there to ‘show me the ropes’ as a freshman. I’m not sure if I would have made it to this point without that support, and it is now my privilege to be able to do that for the current freshmen.”
– Camden Johnson, Dalzell, S.C., elementary education major

Quick Facts
Size: 16 students
Locations: Continuing Students reside in Calhoun Courts, and new students reside in Mauldin Hall
Roommate Policy:  May only request other program participants
Restrictions: elementary, early childhood and special
education majors
Application: Required, contact Winston Holton
Fee: None required

Contact Information
Winston Holton
Field Coordinator for School of Education
203 Holtzendorff Hall