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!


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 students 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.

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.


  • We strive for full development of each teacher, drawing from educational resources within and beyond the classroom walls.
  • We encourage men of more diverse backgrounds to engage and accept the challenges of encouraging students of all races to strive for personal excellence.
  • We promote the training of skilled and caring faculty who will stimulate, guide and challenge their students to become leaders and positive role models in their respective communities.
  • We support committed, motivated students who desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.
  • We support men who value energy, enthusiasm, determination, imagination, curiosity, creativity and a sense of humor.
  • We hold respect, responsibility, and support as core values of the MISTER community.
  • We value contributions to society by undertaking opportunities of outreach and service to others