Call Me MISTER - Graduate Testimonials

Uploaded by ClemsonUniversity on 29.09.2010

MISTER Hayward Jean: Call me MISTER, the program Call Me MISTER, is actually a program that
is all about servant leadership. Servant leadership to me means someone who has been blessed with
the abilities to lead people toward their God-given destiny, but humble enough to reach
down to where they are and bring them to where they need to be. Servant leadership is the
idea that my life is not about me. And that is exactly the same mentality that I am instilling
my students today. MISTER Mark Joseph: I would define it as education,
and not to simplify what Call Me MISTER is, because there are so many facets of this Call
Me MISTER program, but I call it and I define it as education, because my definition of
education is drawing out what you have on the inside of you. I truly believe that we
all are leaders. We have been born to be leaders, and leadership is nothing but that you have
influence over someone else’s life. MISTER Micheal Barron: First of all, there
is not really a program; I do not think program accurately defines it. I think when you are
talking about Call Me MISTER, you are talking about a lifestyle. You are talking about a
way of living, really. One of the things we learn when we get here from the guys that
are already in the program, graduates, is you know, you do this thing 24/7. It is not
a turn on, turn off. You know, it is not a clap on, clap off. You do it, because it is
what you are supposed to do. MISTER Tony Webb: It is different because
I feel like it is more of a family environment, and more so than a program, and more so than
an education program. It was, to me, it was a family. I stayed on campus with the guys.
We went to class together, ate together, you know, joked around together. A lot of the
personal things I went through in life, they knew about and know about. So more than seeing
it as an education program at Clemson, I saw it as my extended family at Clemson.
MISTER Daniel Spencer: One thing that they did that I noticed early when I got into the
program was, they took you where you were. They met you where you were. Each individual
person is different. You can’t bring in ten, fifteen different people, and expect
to do the same thing and get the same outcome. So they met you where you were. They took
my experience, they got to know me for who I was, they got to know me for all of my experiences,
and they treated me as that person with that experience. They didn’t treat me as someone
who had this growing up, or didn’t have this growing up. They understood my story,
and they gave me suggestions, they worked with me, and connected me with other people
that could help me in my situation. MISTER Corey Terry; one of my epitaphs and
our mottos is empowering generations to transform generations, and to transform nations. And
I believe in that. I believe in empowering people, making sure that people are able to
see the best inside of themselves. To have their own MVP: Not just most valuable player
but to have their own mission, vision, and their purpose. That is one of the things that
I teach my students, whether I am in church or whether I am in the classroom, and try
and live that life. A lot of times, what people miss is a mentor, as far as modeling, and
a lot of times people like to show it and a lot of times people do not like to talk
about it, but you want to live it out. A MISTER is a gentlemen, and there are things that
we all grow into. It is an ever learning, it is a lifelong learning process.
MISTER Howard Jean: It was an opportunity to dream bigger, to have more, to instill
that sense of manhood in my life. We grew up in a single parent household. So essentially
we did not have that male in our house every day. So the MISTER program, not only through
the gentlemen but through our colleagues, we kind of stood in there for each other.
We had these men conversions. Not only about education, but about life: about dating, about
relationships, about working, about business. We talked about all of these things within
the MISTER network. You know, the MISTER program provided so many opportunities beyond just
professional, but just knowing that we can be more than, you know, what we see on television,
or we can be more. MISTER David Fair: I guess in the traditional
sense, we are, there are more women, you know, as teachers. And for the Call Me MISTER program,
the experience was getting the male’s perspective, whenever you had a problem, or just being,
you know, getting a male perspective as being a mentor. And the experience here was being
around your fellow brothers, and going to meet different brothers at different campuses,
and going to the different schools, and seeing how children in the classroom would relate
to you, and talking about how, you know, men were needed in the classroom, to help, you
know, children. MISTER Tony Webb: My classroom. I love my
classroom and my students! I often, I was asked at one time, did I come to school, or
did I go to work. Like a barber asked me, like, you know, when people ask you what you
are doing on Monday, do you say I got to go to work or I got to go to school? It only
took me like, not even 5 seconds, I was like, I tell them I got to go to school, because
I don’t look at it as work. I love going to school, and I use school so much some people
think I am still in college, and I have been out a year already. But it is a learning environment,
and it is the same way I had that family environment at Clemson on campus, I try to bring it here,
and I try to help my students realize that we are all one big family in 507 at Blue Ridge.
MISTER Corey Terry: My classroom is open, umm, I am candid. I am passionate, extremely
passionate. I spend a lot of time on being very real, and I believe that any time we
teach, if you do not apply it, if you cannot apply it to life, that causes a hindrance
in that person’s growth. MISTER Hayward Jean: I am not a principal.
I have not built my own school or anything like that. However, Call Me MISTER has helped
to establish inside of me a level of entrepreneurship. Call Me MISTER has helped to give me a sense
of meaning, a sense of purpose, that I own something. And what do I own? I own the ability
to create an atmosphere and an environment that will help to transform the lives of young
people. So when I go into my classroom, I feel like I am going into a new world, because
that is the world that I create. I create a world where you can come in one way and
you will leave out of this world another way. One of the things, one of the quotes of my
classroom is to take what you learn inside of this classroom and teach it out there.
My classroom is called, even currently now, is called Destiny Enterprises. And my last
year’s class was called the Transformation Corporation. And the idea behind calling my
classroom and giving my classroom an identity, I am only doing what Call Me MISTER was doing
for me. MISTER Daniel Spencer: It gives me, it gives
me fulfillment in what I do every day. When I wake up, and I know that there is a child
that is going to smile. They come to school, they don’t smile, and to see a smile at
the end of the day really makes me happy. Even when I go through things that I go through,
because I am human, there are days where I just, you know, I have my down days. But to
see them happy, and it seems to work out right. Whenever they have a down day, I come in extra
excited. But then whenever I have a down day, they come in extra excited, so it boosts you
up, and you just really complement each other. So to see them smile and to see them achieve
is more than my check, honestly. MISTER David Fair: everybody needs support,
and you realize that when you get older, that the more support you have, the better you
do in life. And in turn, by getting all that support, here at Morris College from the Call
Me MISTER program, I am able to give that support to my students. Support by a man is
a little bit different, I think. You know, we have a little bit more patience. Certain
things do not bother us as much. Entering the classroom, by being a black man, automatically,
the children, you know, they want you there. A lot of our children don’t grow, grow up
in single parent homes where the fathers are not there. So when you get into that classroom,
you are already like a father type figure to them, so they already respond to you differently
than our counterparts, already, you know, you don’t have classroom management problems
as much. They want you there. And by me being in the Call Me MISTER program, by getting
that support from the older men, by my mentors, I am able to listen to that support and give
it to the younger students, the younger generation. MISTER Micheal Barron: I do not aim to please
the people at my school. I aim to change lives. That is my thing. I come into my classroom
knowing that if I do this thing, you know, provoke my kids to think, provoke them to
be better people, and challenge them to think beyond their circumstances and situations,
and ask them, you know, really, what do they want, and why can’t we do it, and how are
we going to do it. That is my thing. So when I go in there doing that, I know that because
I have inspired them to think, because I have, you know, motivated their mind to think and
to center around, how can I be better? Why are things this way? And to, to really look
to acquire knowledge, I know that all the rest of the stuff is going to be met, because
that is embedded within what I do. MISTER Howard Jean: The impact is that we
are countering every negative thing out there, not even negative things that black males
do, but everything negative in society. The negative things that may exist in communities
that relates to violence, drugs, racism, prejudice, um, umm, activities, um, we are kind of leveling
the playing field. We are kind of showing how more opportunities and more options are
available. MISTER does not represent just black men, it represents balancing a perspective
in life and society. We talk about equity all the time in Call Me MISTER, or inequality.
Sometimes we have to tip the scale, so at this time in history this is our moment to
focus more on this group so that they can help influence and give back, and help balance,
you know, what is out there already. MISTER Corey Terry: people need to see models
of themselves, not only just African American, but you need to be able to see your own populace
responding to you in a positive way , in a positive light, doing things that are needed,
and that you can also see, because they are so effective. When they look at the media,
they see a lot of different things, but a lot of times they have not been able to differentiate.
And, you know, fantasy, television, realism. And a lot of times they create a whole bias
or perception. You know, a person’s perception can be their reality. And a lot of times you
need somebody in front of you, and I think that is one of the things that Call Me MISTER
is great at doing, is fostering a foundation for people to grow.
MISTER Hayward Jean: and Call me MISTER has shown me that one of the ways that I am designed
to help people is through teaching. What greater way to help change the face of America than
to actually go into an institution where everybody in America has to actually come through? Teaching
– that is one of the greatest ways to impact the nation, is by impacting the nation’s
classrooms. So that is why I believe that Call Me MISTER, people may ask me the question,
where do you think Call Me MISTER will go? My question is, where do you not see Call
Me MISTER? Call Me MISTER is everywhere! Our assignment as Call Me MISTERS is to help people
to reveal the Call Me MISTER within. MISTER David Fair: Without that, without the
Call Me MISTER program, I really don’t know. Honestly, I really don’t know, because without
having that support, you know some, some students are going to make it no matter what. But that
is a very small percentage. Some of us need that support. Some of us need that person
that is going to have our back, so to speak, that is going to care about us, that is going
to make sure we make it, that is going to make us do our homework, that is going to
tell us, you know, if you parents do not let you do your homework at night it is okay,
you can do it while you are at school. Some children need that. Some adults, some college
students are going to need that. The Call Me MISTER program, you know, failure is not
an option. Luns Richardson: I would say to him now what
I have said already, that we are very proud of him, his work and his accomplishments.
We are very proud of the role model status that he has gone into. He is highly regarded
in Sumter County. I read in the paper where he was nominated, and I believe for teacher
of the year. Yes. One of our Call Me MISTERS. The students love him, and the people in the
community. And we at Morris College are just as proud as we can be, and we hope that he
will continue in the profession, that he will continue teaching South Carolina, because
good teachers are needed in our state. And we consider him one of the very best.
MISTER Corey Terry: What I have learned - never to read a book by its cover, because
often I have been read, and I have been judged by my cover until they opened up. And I had
one professor, I will never forget, I took group counseling, and he awestruck me because
he said to me at the end of that course, you know, you made me remind myself never to judge
a book by its cover. And he said, I didn’t expect what I received until, and so what
I do, honestly with me, I give everybody that respect, because we were always been taught,
now, you know, years ago, in other decades, it was, you know, you automatically give respect
to anybody that is older, and so at this point in time, if I call you Mister, I am going
speak what I see. And a lot of times what you have to do is you have to go beyond what
you see.