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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.



Call Me Mister Logo

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.

Call Me MISTER® Resources

  • Call Me MiSTER Staff

    Roy JonesRoy I. Jones, Ed.D
    Provost Distinguished Professor
    Executive Director

    winstoh.jpgWinston Holton
    Program Manager/Director of Summer Programs Partnerships

    mjosep2Mark Joseph
    Program Coordinator/National Coordinator

    tmillerTanya Reel
    Program Coordinator/Business Manager

    spence5.jpgDaniel Spencer
    Clemson Site Coordinator/Director of Community Partnerships

    deller.jpgDebbie Eller
    Administrative Assistant

  • Call Me MiSTER Students

    browncaleb.jpgMR Caleb Brown
    Major: Secondary Social Studies
    Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
    Executive Council title: Co-President
    Quote: “Bear good fruit wherever your feet are planted.” – Dabo Swinney


    null.jpgMR Micah Brown
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Anderson, SC
    Quote: “People don’t want to experience change. They just want to wake up, and it’s different.” – Chadwick Boseman


    cashjakob.jpgMR Jakob (JD) Cash
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
    Quote: “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi


    copelandtariq.jpgMR Tariq Copeland
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Columbia, SC
    Quote: “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” – George Washington Carver


    cornishjrkenneth.jpgMR Kenneth Cornish Jr.
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Columbia, SC
    Quote: "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." - Anais Nin


    costencaleb.jpgMR Caleb Costen
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Tyrone, GA
    Quote: "Let your smile change the world; don't let the world change your smile." - Will Smith


    null.jpgMR Roy Dail
    Major: Middle Level Math and Science
    Hometown: Easley, SC
    Quote: "The game is fun. The game is a battle. If it's not fun, why bother? If it's not a battle, where's the fun?" - Reggie Fils-Aime'


    null.jpgMR Winter Dorsey
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Sumter, SC
    Quote: “People raised on love will do anything for you. People raised on survival will do anything to you. Know the difference and be aware of what spirit the people around you are operating from.” – Unknown


    harrisjoshua.jpgMR Joshua Harris
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Greer, SC
    Quote: "Dedication makes dreams come true." -Kobe Bryant


    hilljaylen.jpgMR Jaylen Hill
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Sumter, SC
    Quote: “Your experience is not THE experience.” – Winston Holton


    null.jpgMR Keeley Holmes
    Major: Early Childhood Education
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Quote: “I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I would not have stumbled upon my strength.” – Alexandra Elle


    hunterlogan.jpgMR Logan Hunter
    Major: Secondary Social Studies
    Hometown: Easley, SC
    Quote: “Violence solves no social problems; it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


    lawrencegreg.jpgMR Greg Lawrence
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Summerville, SC
    Quote: “My purpose is to be a vessel for God’s Kingdom, using the gift He has blessed me with.” – MR Greg Lawrence


    livingstonbrikell.jpgMR Brikell Livingston
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Manning, SC
    Quote: “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane von Furstenberg


    mack-petetaj.jpgMR Taj Mack-Pete
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
    Executive Council title: Co-President
    Quote: “Doubt your doubts…” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf


    ocampo-villagrandaniel.jpgMR Daniel Ocampo-Villagran
    Major: Secondary Social Studies
    Hometown: Boiling Springs, SC
    Quote: “Your experience is not THE experience.” – Winston Holton


    owenstyson.jpgMR Tyson Owens
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Williamston, SC
    Quote: "If you can make it through the night, there's a brighter day." -Tupac


    parrishmichael.jpgMR Michael Parrish
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Fort Mill, SC
    Quote: "I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -Michael Jordan


    pendergrassahmad.jpgMR Ahmad Pendergrass
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Greenwood, SC
    Quote: "Don't let your fears take the place of your dreams." -Walt Disney


    sherrillarthur.jpgMR Arthur Sherrill
    Major: Special Education
    Hometown: Clemson, SC
    Quote: “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” – Oscar Wilde


    sowellmason.jpgMR Mason Sowell
    Major: Secondary Social Studies
    Hometown: Laurens, SC
    Quote: “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer


    staleyiibrent.jpgMR Brent Staley II
    Major: Elementary Education
    Hometown: Sumter, SC
    Quote: “Negative thoughts are the nails that build a prison of failure. Positive thoughts will build you a masterpiece.” – Jon Gordon


    tinchauriyanna.jpgMR Auriyanna Tinch
    Major: Middle Level Science
    Hometown: Greenville, SC
    Quote: "Pick your Poison."-Mr. Tinch


    youngalex.jpgMR Alex Young
    Major: Secondary Social Studies
    Hometown: Greenwood, SC
    Quote: “Just because something is, doesn’t mean it ought to be.” - Unknown


  • Student 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 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!"

  • Policies

    It is the policy of Clemson 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 Office of Access and Equity, 223 Brackett Hall, Clemson University, phone numbers 864-656-3181 (voice) or 864-656-0899 (TDD).

  • Participating Colleges

    The Call Me MISTER® program combines the special strengths and resources of Clemson University with the individualized instructional programs offered by several colleges and universities in South Carolina. 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:
  • National Partner Schools
  • Corporate Partners

    7153 Llc
    Allstate Foundation
    Allstate Insurance Agency Inc.
    Allstate Insurance Company
    BMW Manufacturing Company, LLC
    Boeing Company
    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

  • Contact Call Me MISTER®


    Phone: Toll-free: 1-800-640-2657

    Call Me MISTER®
    202 Holtzendorff
    Clemson University
    Clemson, SC 29634

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