Mission & Vision
The mission of the Call Me MISTER (Men Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) National Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. The program is open to all student who desire to pursue education. Due to the low number of males who choose teaching as a profession, especially African-American males, the program is critical for providing much needed role models for young students.
Program participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio- economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. To maximize opportunity and greater access, students will have the option of first attending one of our partner schools or colleges before transferring to Longwood to complete their program of study in teacher education and baccalaureate degree. In some cases, the program may allow enrollment in a Master of Teaching degree program leading to initial certification.
It is expected that a MISTER who completes his program of study and becomes certified to teach will assume a teaching position and teach one year for each year they received financial support from the Call Me MISTER program.
Longwood Call Me MISTER Vision Statement
From the time I was created, I was made to be a LEADER.
Since the day I was born, I have been a man of influence.
I am a LEADER because of what's inside of me.
I am on the path to my calling because I have vision;
I am focused;
I know my history and
I am prepared to serve.
So when you address me, do not minimize my destiny, but please, please celebrate my GREAT CALLING!