Not only did she get the stakeholders of the school, particularly the principal and the parents to paint the Tunasan ES in the I AM SAM colors of pink and green, engage the I AM SAM Ambassadors to welcome each child every morning with the greeting “Tashi Deley” translate and explain its meaning in Filipino, put up I AM SAM Mentor Banners, hold Parent and Teacher Orientations, go classroom-to-classroom and explain the I AM SAM PEP to the children but she brought it a step further. Melissa strengthened her personal initiative of awarding students that get 100 or a perfect score and those who exemplify good values with the I AM SAM practice of valuing both character and competence and jointly came up with a new look for the I AM SAM – TES Academic and Character Excellence S.T.A.R. Award*. The end in mind of an I AM SAM PEP School is an overall improvement in the school which includes academic performance. A child who feels good about herself will perform best!
Melissa is trailblazing this practice in the School District of Muntinlupa.