|Limestone Brings Call Me MISTER Program to Cherokee County|
Limestone College is bringing the highly successful Call Me MISTER program to its Gaffney campus. Courses for the popular teacher/mentor program will begin with the start of the 2013-2014 academic year in August.
About Call Me MISTER
Since its inception, Call Me MISTER has grown rapidly throughout South Carolina and beyond, including programs in Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The program, which has received private and public funding in support of its mission, frequently receives national recognition in various mainstream media outlets including ABC World News, USA Today, NewsWeek, and National Public Radio.
"What impresses me most about the MISTERS is that they do not leave education," said Dr. Meyers. "Since the program's inception in 2000, no MISTER has left the education field; the program has a 100% retention rate."
Why It's Important
Hayward Jean is a graduate of the MISTER program and now teaches at Marshall Elementary School in Belton. "Call Me MISTER is all about servant leadership, an idea or way of living that says 'my life is not about me.' It's about those who have been blessed to lead people to their God-given destiny but are also humble enough to reach down to where others may be and help bring them to where they need to be," he said.
Incentives to be a MISTER
A readiness visit by MISTER representatives from Clemson was held in Cherokee County in March and received tremendous support from Cherokee County School District officials, representatives of the Know (2) initiative which encourages student achievement as a necessary and healthy goal, the YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, and Mayor Henry Jolly.
The MISTER program at Limestone is the second major education initiative announced by the College since the March announcement of the McMillan Scholarship program. That program is designed specifically for women majoring in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Professional Communication, Music, Art, Theater, English, History or those students who have attended the annual Women in Technology and Science (WITS) conference.
"We are changing the culture of our teacher education program next year with McMillan Scholars and MISTERS. I'm very excited about the excitement and level of professionalism these groups of future teachers will bring to our already outstanding programs," said Dr. Meyers.
Limestone's Teacher Education Program