Call Me MISTER

 

Call me MISTER Application

Who is a MISTER?

Do you want a rewarding career that influences your community? Would you like to serve as a role model to children? You could be a MISTER. Or maybe you know of someone with the desire and character to shape the next generation. That person could be a MISTER.

MISTER: Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role-Models

Mission

The mission of the Call Me MISTER 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.

Vision Statement

I am a dedicated Servant Leader who is perpetuating a sorely needed concept, Servant Leaders as role models in elementary schools. I am devoted to planting seeds of dignity and respect in children, and inspiring them to cultivate those seeds that will produce a crop of unprecedented success. I will teach reading, writing and arithmetic and progress to self-esteem, imagination and determination. Because of my immeasurable promise, not only have I earned your respect but I demand it! A title is only important if ones' character and integrity dictate its use. So, when you address me, please verbalize my destiny, please do not call me by my first name, in reference to my great vision ... Call Me MISTER.

Call Me MISTER is a scholarship teaching program developed to build leadership and meet the shortage of available teachers from a more diverse background in South Carolina's elementary schools. The program recruits, trains and certifies individuals to become elementary school teachers in the state's public schools.

How it Works

After earning an associate degree at GTC, the MISTER transfers to a participating four-year institution to major in early childhood education, elementary education, or music, art or physical education for grades K-12.

Greenville Technical College (GTC) works in partnership with other colleges and universities in South Carolina to support the Call Me MISTER program. The participating four-year institutions are: Anderson University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Clemson University, College of Charleston, Morris College, South Carolina State University, University of South Carolina at Beaufort, Coastal Carolina University, and Newberry College.

Benefits of MISTERs

Students participating in GTC's Call Me MISTER program receive

  • Academic coaching support to help assure their success
  • Financial support for testing, supplies, workshops, and books; ($1,500 stipend)
  • A cohort system for social and cultural support

Nationally Recognized

Call Me MISTER received national recognition upon its inception when the first wave of MISTER participants were featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and selected to be a part of Oprah's Angel Network.

National partners: North East Florida Educational Consortium , Albany State University, Eastern Kentucky University, Metropolitan Community College, Cheyney University, and Longwood University.

Call Me Mister at Greenville Technical College

GTC prepares and enhances the academic skills of MISTERs to achieve success at four-year institutions.

Qualifications

To qualify for the Call Me MISTER program at Greenville Technical College, the student must:

  • Major in Associate in Arts or Associate in Science.
  • Enroll in curriculum-level courses
  • Be COMMITTED!
  • Attain a minimum grade point average of 2.5 before transferring.

After transferring, the student must

  • Complete at least 30 credit hours
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75
  • Pass the Praxis 1 Exam (can be taken while at GTC)

Financial Assistance

When a student transfers from GTC's Call Me MISTER program to one at a four-year institution, the MISTER can receive up to $7,500 each year in tuition assistance packages. SC Student Loan Corporation and Call Me MISTER are partnering to ensure that all MISTERs can afford a college education by providing loan assistance packages with forgiveness benefits. The forgiveness benefits apply each year that participants teach in specified South Carolina elementary or middle school.