April Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,
Ensuring our campuses are safe for our students, staff, families and community members is of vital importance to all of us in Pendergast District. Our teams work diligently with our Risk Management Supervisor, Regina Robles, to create positive environments for learning. Each of our twelve schools, as well as the District Office, has crisis management guidelines and a comprehensive plan designed to inform staff and students of what to do in the event of an emergency. The plans are based on the State of Arizona's Emergency Response Plan.
The District's Crisis Manual contains vital information necessary to assist in any emergency. In addition to the manual, each school and the District Office have Crisis Response Teams that are mobilized in the event of an emergency to assist in providing information to the students, staff, families and community. Fire and lockdown drills are practiced regularly at each site to ensure that routines and safety procedures are well established and familiar to all. Parents/guardians can expect effective and efficient information to be communicated in a timely manner regarding any school-related incidents that may occur on campus.
It is always our intent to communicate with you in the most efficient way possible through school newsletters, parent advisories or with robo calls, emails, texts and website posting from our Emergency Messaging System.
We have recently added another layer of safety and are asking for your help as we roll out the Quick Tip help line. It is located on the homepage of our website or the free app can be downloaded for easy access.
It is available 24/7 and can be completely anonymous or the caller can leave contact information, whichever is preferred. The information is connected directly to school administrators to assist in working though any type of situation. The Quick Tip line is another way to help keep our schools safe so we can all focus on an outstanding educational experience for our students. We thank you for your assistance with this important safety measure.
Remember, Pendergast “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.