As a result of her hard work and determination, Pepe, 39, has developed a revolutionary environmental programme which is being adopted in other schools.
Every child now participates in a unique recycling project, as part of an 'Eco-Committee' to eduicate them in environmental issues. It led to the school being named the "Cleanest in the Region" by the local authority.
She has introduced a highly successful choir and drama lessons as well as a range of school trips.
Her enthusiasm has even seen her going to school dressed as a tennis player to encourage children to take up new sports and she started theme days at the school including turning it into an imaginary airport , to 'fly' the pupils to Bastille Day in France to give them an insight into other cultures. As a result, grades have gone up.
Pepe says: "Life's not just about SAT results - we want them to think I love life and enrich the lives of others."