Pendergast Governing Board Members Honored for Contributions to Education

AHSAA recognized years of service that has transformed lives of Latino students and staff

November 21, 2014 - The Arizona Hispanic School Administrators Association (AHSAA) recognized two outstanding Arizona board members who serve predominately Latino communities at its annual conference on Monday, November 17, 2014.

Mrs. Susan Serin and Mrs. Hilda Rosales-Ortega were honored as longstanding board members who have served in PESD for over 35 years. They have dedicated their time to the communities of Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix in the West Valley making sure that the needs of all students are met.

According to Martin Quezada, Governing Board President, “With the Latino student population at PESD at 75%, the needs are great and these two amazing volunteers have demonstrated continuously their commitment to student success in everything they undertake.  Serin and Ortega-Rosales work as part of a collaborative team with other board members ensuring the needs of the Latino population are met by advocating for programs that will help them succeed and be college ready.  Congratulations to these women who are examples of the best in education and who serve as inspirational role models for us all.”

PESD Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux reflects on the amazing work of Susan and Hilda and all they have done for the district, schools, students and staff. “During their tenure on the board and as community volunteers, student achievement has risen and a focus has been placed on putting additional resources in the classrooms that will make a difference for students. They have been integral in the building and vision of the Pendergast Community Center. This center has been in development for many years and will have its grand opening in February 2015. The facility will bring together health, fitness, social welfare and education organizations focused on meeting the diverse needs of families.”