Citing “long dedication to the cause of education,” the UP College of Education Alumni Association, Inc. (UPCEAAI) honored NISMED Dr. Merle C. Tan by awarding her the prestigious Professional Achievement Award during its homecoming and reunion held at the Bahay ng Alumni on 26 June 2011. The alumni group underscored Dr. Tan’s leadership of UP NISMED particularly in the conceptualization and implementation of “professional development programs that have local, regional, and international impact.”
Dr. Tan was one of four recipients in this year’s UPCEAAI’s Professional Achievement Awards. Also honored were Dr. Carolina S. Guerrero, Director of the Department of Education (DepED) Bureau of Alternative Learning System, Dr. Avelina T. Llagas, former Chair of the Board of Professional Teachers, and Dr. Orfelina O. Tuy, OIC-Regional Director of DepED Region V.
Last year, Dr. Tan was also recognized by the UPCEAAI for her “inordinately high productive output and excellent service.” In the coffee table book titled GURU: Distinguished Educators, the alumni body cited Dr. Tan’s research that had significant “policy implications such as: Systems Approach to Teacher Mentoring and Urban Achievement-Science Component (UP-OVCRD 2010), The National Learning Strategies for Science and Mathematics, BESRA (DepED, 2006), and Market Leavers: Brain Drain of Technology Transfer (DOST-SEI, 2005).”