Call Me MISTER
Monday - April 09, 2012
Clemson University established Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) in 2000 to place more male teachers from diverse cultures and backgrounds in elementary school classrooms. The program provides tuition assistance for its students in teacher education at participating colleges, an academic support system to help assure the graduates' success and a system for social and cultural support.
There are 143 Misters currently enrolled at Clemson or in the partner colleges: Anderson University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Coastal Carolina University, the College of Charleston, Morris College, Newberry College, South Carolina State University, Southern Wesleyan University, the University of South Carolina Beaufort, Greenville Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Tri-County Technical College and Trident Technical College. This week's Speaking of Schools looks back over the past 12 years that Call Me MISTER has served SC School Districts and into the future as the program has recently become a beneficiary of part of a $210,000 grant from Wells Fargo to fund 50 first-year scholarships for the MISTER program.