May Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

I am fortunate to be culminating my third year with this wonderful district and what an amazing year it has been. On May 1, we rolled out the red carpet and hosted our first Beeliever Awards recognizing the employees and community members listed below. I am proud to share; we now have an Employee Recognition Committee that has worked very hard to put processes and procedures in place. Awards are fair and consistent to celebrate and honor our employees for all they do to contribute to student success. Please join me in congratulating them for their dedication to PESD students, staff, families and the communities we serve.

Teacher and Support Staff of the Year:

District Certified Teacher of the Year - Kelly Hoth - Rio Vista
District Classified Winner of the Year - Viki Bigelow - Educational Services

Our Bee-liever Award Winners:

Sonja Aros - Instructional Assistant from Rio Vista
Rebecca Swiggett - Westwind teacher
Mike Clark - Copper King Asst. Principal
Angelo Rossetti - PESD Foundation member

Superintendent’s Award: Akin Akinniyi, School Counselor - Villa de Paz

Support Staff Site Winners:

Amberlea - Lisa Tyree
Canyon Breeze - Rosita Quezada
Copper King - Ralph Hernandez
Desert Horizon - Tiaseca Cruz
Desert Mirage - Juan Sahuaqui
Garden Lakes - Regina Pina
Pendergast - Yudith Gastelum
Rio Vista - Rosa Vasquez
Sonoran Sky - Devon Garcia
Sunset Ridge - Antonia Salse
Villa de Paz - Ronald Rubio
Westwind - Brenda Brauston
Transportation - Candy Goetz
Maintenance - Gerry Chuirazzi
Food Services - Anahi Orta
District Office - Barb Aquino
Educational Services - Viki Bigelow

Westside Impact/Certified Winners:

Norma Chavez - Amberlea
Dan Locke - Canyon Breeze
Joseph Covey - Copper King
Julie Slaughter - Desert Horizon
Chris Strickland - Desert Mirage
Tiffaney Montgomery - Garden Lakes
Kristy Anton - Pendergast
Kelly Hoth - Rio Vista
Denise Torres - Sonoran Sky
Kassandra Dominguez - Sunset Ridge
Don Neville - Villa de Paz
Crista McGree - Westwind


Elfreda Bennally - Garden Lakes
Beth Bridgford - Desert Mirage
Debbie Glenn - Garden Lakes
Janice Lacewell - Villa de Paz
Tony Moore - Villa de Paz
Deborah Zimmerman - Sonoran Sky

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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.


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