About Call Me Mister®
The mission of Call Me MiSTER® is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background, particularly among the state’s lowest performing elementary schools.
The term MiSTER® is an acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models, and is primarily a mentoring type program where young minority students will be mentored into effective leaders, and will become mentors themselves to their students.
The Call Me MiSTER® program has its origin from Clemson University, and began in the year 2000, combining the special strengths and resources of a research-oriented public university with the individualized instructional programs offered by four historically black colleges in South Carolina: Benedict College, Claflin University, Morris College, and South Carolina State University. The program has also established a network of seven two-year colleges. Limestone University is the only Minority-Serving Institution in the Call Me MiSTER® network.
The overall goal of the program is to increase diversity in the classroom but it’s also the goal of the program to give minority students the hope of aspiring to be a teacher, and also to become leaders in their community.
Who is a Mister?®
The ideal MiSTER® must possess leadership qualities as well as adhere to requirements including (but not limited to):
- Major in Elementary, Early Childhood Education or K-12 Certification areas
- Maintain a minimum of 2.75 GPA
- Adhere to attendance policies
- Conduct self in a manner that exemplifies values of a positive role model and mentor
MiSTERs® will also qualify for tuition and book assistance.
MiSTERs® who have graduated from the Limestone University Teacher Education Program have a 100% job placement rate!