Clemson AnnualReport 2021 - Flipbook - Page 14
Momentum Through Our Excellence
Call Me MISTER
Undeterred in Expanding
its Mission >>>
The mission of Call Me MISTER® is to increase the pool of
available teachers from broader, more diverse backgrounds,
particularly among the state’s lowest performing elementary
schools. Since the inception of the program 21 years ago, the
program has expanded to 29 colleges and universities with 180
MISTERs currently enrolled in participating South Carolina
The program is also established in 10 other states with
50 students enrolled among 16 institutions. Six of those
institutions will recruit their first class this fall.
Roy Jones, executive director of Call Me MISTER, said that
while his program wasn’t immune to the ill effects of the
COVID-19 pandemic, he is happy to report that not a single
MISTER has left the profession since the start of 2020.
Thanks to the program’s national reputation, it has only added
partners during this time.
However, Jones said the program was not immune to the
pandemic’s effect on teacher preparation program enrollment
across all sites. Enrollment at some sites has stagnated or
seen a slight decrease, and the numbers have given the
program’s leadership occasion to re-envision their approach
to generating excitement and interest for the program among
participating institutions and potential students.
The program will be piloting a “MISTER showcase” that
takes current MISTERs and MISTER site coordinators and
instructors directly to schools as liaisons for the program.
Jones said building these relationships with schools on the
ground level will become a higher priority than it already was
for the program.
“It’s about advocating for education by inspiring, motivating
and attracting a potential pool of candidates,” Jones said.
“We think a multi-layered approach that keeps in mind that
the field as a whole has taken a hit during the pandemic will
appeal to all prospective teacher candidates and specifically
BY THE NUMBERS: CALL ME MISTER
344 men have graduated from the program
across South Carolina
85% of MISTER graduates are still teaching in a
South Carolina public school
48 MISTER alumni have been named Teacher of
the Year by their schools; almost a third of these
are Clemson MISTERs
44 MISTERs have held administrative
leadership positions in education
Call Me MISTER alumnus
Channing McConnell ’21