GC Call Me MiSTER Newsletter
June 2017 | Georgia College | College of Education
Table of Contents
- From the Director's Desk
- MiSTER News & Highlights
- Building Pipelines
- Vision Statement
- Contact us
FROM THE DIRECTOR'S DESK
As the only Call Me MiSTER program in the state, we are privileged to have such enterprising and dedicated young men on our campus that want to change lives through the classroom. With more nationwide attention being paid to the stark disparities regarding teacher diversity, our MiSTERs understand the importance of their mission and remain steadfast in their calling.
As our Clemson University field coordinator Winston Holton says, "MiSTERs are architects. They build villages." Please enjoy these updates describing how our students are continuing to do this every day.
C. Emmanuel Little, Program Director
MISTER NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS
MiSTER Brian Bowman (l) and MiSTER Seabon Davis (r), welcoming MiSTER William Cooper (center) into Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc
MiSTERs posing with staff at The Kindezi Schools
MiSTER Homer Jones participating in a panel about diversity in the curriculum
"STARBASE Mentoring combines STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities with a relationship-rich, school-based environment to provide the missing link for at-risk youth making the transition from elementary to middle school. It extends the positive impact of STARBASE through a team mentoring approach which solidifies students' attachment to school and engagement in STEM (Source: starbaserobins.org)."
Call Me MiSTER In the News
Check out several features below:
- "Call Me MISTER recruiting for the future" via the Union-Recorder (March 2017)
- "Georgia College program working to 'change the face' of education" via the Macon Telegraph (March 2017)
- "Future educators being educated at Rising MISTER Academy" via the Union-Recorder (June 2017)
- Video: The Rising MISTER Academy prepares young students to become teachers" via 41 NBC (June 2017; also embedded below)
New MiSTER Course
- Servant Leadership
- Teacher Efficacy
- Brother's Keeper
- Personal Growth
This course, which focused on discussions and reflection around key issues in education as related to MiSTER's key tenets, will continue to be offered for first-year MiSTERs as a semester-long orientation.
- MiSTERs visited The Kindezi Schools in Atlanta, GA earlier this year. In addition to meeting a MiSTER graduate currently teaching there, MiSTERs took a tour of the facilities and learned more about the vibrant, engaging culture of Kindezi and the benefits of teaching there. Special thanks to Dr. Bettina Love, Martine Robinson and the entire staff at Kindezi for their hospitality! Learn more about Kindezi here:
- MiSTERs Jerome Brown and William Cooper attended the NCORE (National Conference on Race & Ethnicity) conference in May with other members of our African-American Male Initiative. They plan to use the knowledge gained to bolster the mission of Call Me MiSTER!
- MiSTER Homer Jones co-presented on his MiSTER experience with the director at the Northeast GA RESA P-20 Collaborative Meeting in April, meeting with principals, superintendents, and other key stakeholders in the northeast Georgia area.
- MiSTERs met with Dr. Tracia Cloud (Region V Staffing Manager of the Dekalb County School District) in January to discuss future employment opportunities.
- Donald Nicholas (2nd grader teacher in Pembroke Pines, Florida) visited our campus to speak with our MiSTERs about the importance of ambassadorship, teacher efficacy and true servant leadership during a leadership seminar. We are thankful for his expertise!
- Congratulations to MiSTER William Cooper, who became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. this spring!
- Potential MiSTERs for the upcoming academic year are being interviewed this summer as part of our ongoing selection process. Accepted MiSTERs will be introduced along with returning MiSTERs during the induction ceremony in Fall 2017.
- The online application for Fall 2018 will be live by August 2017 and updated on our official website as well.
- If interested in bringing Call Me MiSTER to your school, church, community center, etc. for outreach purposes, please contact Mr. Emmanuel Little via the contact information at the bottom of this newsletter.
Rising MiSTER Academy
This year's Rising MiSTER Academy students were from the following schools:
- Baldwin High School/GC Early College (Milledgeville, GA)
- Central High School (Macon, GA)
- Hart County High School (Hartwell, GA)
- Johnson County High School (Wrightsville, GA)
- Putnam County High School/GC Early College (Eatonton, GA)
- Sol C. Johnson High School (Savannah, GA)
- Twiggs County High School (Jeffersonville, GA)
Students also had the opportunity to listen to several speakers throughout the week, ranging from GC faculty/staff/students to current teachers and K-12 administrators. We look forward to building relationships with these young men as they finish high school and prepare for their pathways into teacher education through Call Me MiSTER!
Check out some photos in the gallery below.
This year's Rising MiSTER Academy participants
Participants sharing in a teambuilding activity
Students listening to current Black male educators speak about their experiences
Rising MiSTERs teaching their peers
Baldwin County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Noris Price sharing her journey
MISTER 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!
Teamwork makes the Dream work!