January Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

Happy New Year! We hope you had some time for rest and relaxation over the holiday break and enjoyed the spirit of the season. We are rejuvenated and ready to start the second semester of learning. A critical component of our Pendergast Strategic Plan is empowering excellence and success for all students. We do this by implementing viable curriculum aligned to the Arizona state standards and aligning our assessments to the standards. We also provide rigorous instruction and highly qualified and effective staff to accomplish this.

Students do not all learn the same way at the same rate so it is important for us to reach and teach all students with programs designed to meet their needs.  We also look for ways to further partnerships, share resources, to enable our students to increase their learning.

We are excited to announce our new program called the Arizona State University Prep Digital Algebra I Course in which students in eighth grade receive high school credit.

Almost 70 students are enrolled in the program - eager learners who show high achievement in both math and reading. The course requirements include independent study, persistence, effective time management, and the ability to navigate online materials so students must be ready for this rigor.

A few fast facts about the programs are: 

  • These elementary students will receive high school credit for Algebra I.
  • Prior to the course starting, a Family Information Night was held for all students and their families with 100 percent of the families and students attending. This Family Information Night provided students and their families the opportunity to "meet" their teacher virtually, receive a demonstration of the course's online "platform", and get answers to any questions they had about ASU Prep Digital Algebra I.
  • The students "meet" with their ASU Prep Digital Teacher online every Wednesday morning as a whole group. Most students take their Algebra I course in their school's library with the librarian providing technical assistance, if needed.
  • Students have access to their teacher via email, phone, or online at any time during the week.
  • Students move through the course work at their own pace and are assigned a laptop in order to accomplish their course work.
  • Students are responsible for completing their grade level course work.
  • Students will take BOTH the AzMERIT Algebra I test AND their grade level AzMERIT math test.
  • All of our students have shown great progress. The Algebra I teacher thinks a number of the students will soon complete Algebra I and move on to Geometry and that is A+ in our book!

We look forward to connecting with you through our Website, Facebook or Twitter.

Pendergast is the District that “Bee”-lieves in YOU!

Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Proud Pendergast Superintendent


About Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Lily Matos DeBlieux was born in New York City, New York where she attended elementary school and two years of high school. In 1973, the family moved to Isabela, Puerto Rico where she completed high school and college.  Her professional preparation includes degrees in Elementary Education (BA), Educational Leadership and Supervision (MA and PhD), all from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also obtained a Business Administration (BA) degree from the University of Puerto Rico.  Her past experiences include being a teacher, elementary principal, middle school dean, director of religious education at a military base, assistant superintendent, adjunct professor, English for speakers of other languages instructor, business owner, and community volunteer.  Lily owned a technology company for six years before returning to her true calling: education.

Dr. DeBlieux was appointed as Superintendent of the Pendergast Elementary School District in May 2014. Pendergast District is in the West Valley serving 12 schools and approximately 10,000 students in Avondale, Glendale and Phoenix. Lily’s leadership motto is, “All decisions will be made in the best interests of students.” On her signature is a bee. She has adopted this as her theme because aerodynamically the bee shouldn’t be able to fly but it does. She “BEE”-lieves in the potential of education to change the lives of children and is excited to work with a school board that supports moving the school district to the next level of student achievement.

Lily loves to spend time with family, read, travel, and serve her community.  She is active in many civic organizations and is passionate about bettering her community as an investment in the future of the students in the district.  She is married and has two grown children and a new grandchild.