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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 underserved, 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 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.

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.



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Procedures for admission to the Call Me MISTER® program must be completed in the following order:

  1. Apply for and be accepted into one of the participating colleges or universities from which the degree and teaching certificate will be earned.
  2. Complete the Call Me MISTER® online referral application.
  3. Submit the following items:
    • High School diploma and final transcript or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
    • Two letters of recommendation:
      • One (1) from a teacher, guidance counselor, or principal at the high school form which the diploma is earned.
      • One (1) from a person of the student's choice who can express the student's involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the teaching profession.
    • An essay entitled, "Why I Want to Teach," which will address the student's motivation for entering the teaching profession and the contributions he hopes to make to the profession and to the community as a teacher.
    • An essay entitled "How do you believe the Call Me MISTER® program will benefit you as a student?"
    • A signed statement certifying that student is from an underserved, underprivileged or economically disadvantaged background or area.

Following the submission of the items above, an interview will be scheduled with the prospective program participants to ascertain their potential for teaching and their motivations for participation in the program, as well as to provide an opportunity for clarification of any information submitted through the application process.


Research and Evaluation

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The Call Me MISTER® program collaborates with the Clemson University Office of Inclusion and Equity's Charles H. Houston Center to pursue its research and evaluation goals. In this regard, the Charles H. Houston Center is responsible for designing and implementing the research and evaluation plan for the Call Me MISTER® program. The purpose of the research and evaluation program is to assess the development and impact of preservice and inservice Call Me MISTER® teachers, as well as study the development and effectiveness of preservice and inservice underrepresented male teachers.

Research and Evaluation Objectives

  • Describe the mission, history, learning objectives, and goals of the Call Me MISTER®program
  • Examine the impact of the Call Me MISTER® program on students’ educational outcomes, preservice teacher development, and leadership development in college
  • Investigate teachers’ beliefs, effectiveness, and teaching practices
  • Explore the influences of pre-college characteristics and college experiences on the development and effectiveness of preservice and inservice underrepresented male teachers

Call Me MISTER® Resources







"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 producing 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, I demand it! A title is only important if ones' character and integrity dictate its use. When you address me, please verbalize my destiny... please do not call me by my first name... call me in reference to my great vision... call me MISTER!"

It is the policy of Grambling State University that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or in any way be subjected to, discrimination in any program or activity of the University. Participation in the Call Me MISTER® Program is open to anybody, regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender, if they are capable of facilitating the achievement of its objectives.

Discrimination based on age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or veterans status is prohibited.

Any person having a question regarding laws and regulations, or who feels discriminated against, is encouraged to contact the Program Director.

The Call Me MISTER® program combines the special strengths and resources of Grambling State University with the individualized instructional programs offered by several other colleges and universities. To provide even greater opportunity and access, students have the option of first attending one of our two-year partner colleges before transferring to one of the four-year institutions to complete their baccalaureate degree. In addition, the project has limited enrollment in the middle school Master of Art in Teaching program. Please click on the participating schools on the menu to learn more about these schools' programs.

Participating Colleges Include:

Two Year Colleges:
Four Year Colleges and Universities:

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Brown Packing Company, Inc.
Cafe Enterprises Inc
Carlo White Agency
Celanese Acetate
Central Carolina Bank & Trust
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Greenville
Credit Adjustment Bureau Inc.
DBA Allstate Insurance Agency
Duke Energy Foundation
E I Dupont De Nemours
Gannett Foundation
GE Gas Turbines

General Electric Company
Gerod Allison Agency Inc.
Gold Kist Inc.
Howle & Howle Foundation, Inc.
King Associates
Lumina Foundation
Ness Motley Loadholt Richards
North Enoree Association Brotherhood
Oprah's Angel Network
Partners a For Healthy Community
South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Association of Students
Southtrust Bank
Springs Industries Inc.
The Self Family Foundation
The Sunshine Lady Foundation
United Ins. Co. of America
We Stand For Kids
Wells Fargo
Winky Foundation


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