Be a Hero in the "Call Me MISTER" Program

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This national recruitment and support program for men of color is designed to increase the number of elementary school teachers with wide-ranging, more inclusive backgrounds. In order to increase broad representation, program participants are often selected from under-resourced and educationally at-risk communities. Due to the low number of men, particularly men of color, who choose elementary-level teaching as a profession, the program is critical for encouraging and supporting prospective teachers, who will be invaluable role models for young students of every background. MISTER is an acronym for "Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models."

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

South Carolina's children need teachers like you! We welcome the opportunity to speak about the "Call Me MISTER" program at churches, civic groups, clubs and other community organizations.

Participants in this leadership program for future teachers in Early Childhood (grades Pre-K-3) and Elementary Education (grades 2-6) will go on to pursue successful careers in elementary schools of South Carolina.


Students accepted into the program receive tuition assistance for four years and, in turn, commit to teaching for four years in South Carolina elementary schools at the Early Childhood or Elementary level.

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Watch "Call Me MISTER" in Action


For more information about "Call Me MISTER" and to apply,
schedule an appointment with:

Corey Hollis