September Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

Everywhere I go, people ask me – How do you do it? What they mean is, how do we get so many people to support Pendergast District? The answer is simple. We are in the relationship business. It is the relationships with our students, staff, families and communities we serve that matter. I live by the adage, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”  Theodore Roosevelt, the author of the quote, was an American statesman, politician, conservationist, naturalist, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He knew how valuable relationships were to have a successful presidency, and leave a legacy of caring about others. I share his vision. I always reach out to partners to ask them to contribute, and form a mutually beneficial relationship with Pendergast. People are happy to say yes, because they know all funds go to directly benefit the students and staff.

These amazing partnerships that we have cultivated with devoted education supporters have shown us people who are deeply committed to making life better for all. Our Pendergast Foundation is an example. It is comprised of dedicated volunteers who have given selflessly to improve the lives of our students, and they have helped to put Pendergast on the map. The Foundation is committed to inspire, promote, and support the following: Extracurricular and educational programs for students and teachers, charitable health services to students who might otherwise not be able to feasibly obtain such health services and professional growth and development for future and current teachers through financial assistance and scholarship programs. Our Foundation sponsors and members who serve represent: Comerica Bank, Core Construction, FPC Coaching, GCON, Logocalis, Orcutt-Winslow, L&R Roofing, The Vision Center, and Aesthetic Dental Health. We are eternally grateful to them for all they do.

Our monthly Community Breakfasts are an event everyone looks forward to, as guests get to know the great programs in the district and the students and staff who are part of them. Sponsors have included: The Be Kind People, the City of Avondale, Top Golf, Dave and Busters, Udall Shumway Attorneys, Grand Canyon University, Chick Fil-A and more. We thank them for their generosity and are always happy to feature additional partners.

In the past 5 years, we have been able to raise close to 1 million dollars in gifts and donations. This revenue has been the result of partnerships and contributions from various supporters of our district programs and enabled us to implement Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programs at each of our campuses, such as medical, construction, culinary, water conservation, and robotics/computer engineering. Imagine how bright the future will be for our students because of this! We deeply appreciate all of the support we receive.

We would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter and through our website. Remember, Pendergast is the district that believes in YOU!

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Proud Pendergast Superintendent

About Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York, N.Y. where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. Her family then moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.

Lily's educational preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PHD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico. Her experiences are varied and include serving as a teacher, elementary school principal, middle school dean of students, assistant superintendent, adjunct university professor, English as a Second Language Instructor, director of religious education at a military base, business owner, and community volunteer. Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true love; education.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as the first bi-lingual, Latina Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. She feels privileged to work in an environment with dedicated individuals and a Governing Board that supports "empowering excellence and success."

In her spare time, Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community. She is active in many community organizations including The Hispanic Leadership Institute, Glendale West Rotary, Leadership West Class XXII, City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and others. Lily is sought after as a motivational speaker and, in 2015, she founded the organization Si no yo, quién? LLC to provide training to empower women to reach new heights in their personal and professional lives.