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LC Program Encourages Men to Pursue Teaching

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More men in the lowcountry are securing teaching jobs thanks to an education initiative.

The "Call Me MISTER" program gives tuition assistance to men around the Palmetto state in exchange for them becoming teachers here.

NEWS 3's Brittany Shane caught up with one "MISTER" at Red Cedar elementary today and shows us more about this program and how it benefits our community.

Leon Lee is a second-grade teacher and, today he's giving a math lesson.

But Lee was once the student in this classroom as part of the "Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models," or the "Call Me MISTER" program at USCB.

"Basically its giving men who want to become teachers, that chance. They offer them financial assistance for four years,and in return we teach in South Carolina for four years."

The program is mainly for minorities and offers students a chance to be hands-on in the classroom the entire time they are earning a degree and often, once they graduate, they get classrooms of their own.

For Lee that's right where he wants to be.

"Freshman year, I was in the classroom volunteering, from special-ed all the way up to 5th grade. So I had experience in all of the different grades, and I loved it, and I've been at this school for four years, loved it applied and got the job."

And MISTER is influencing male students around the state to become teachers and role models. Students like Willie Turral.

"That's the main thing, just to be that role model, or that beacon, or that little bit of hope in the kid where he says, that could be me one day, that's the biggest thing for me."

As for Lee he says he feels most at home when he's in his classroom.

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