August Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues, Welcome back to school! We are so excited about the start of the 2017-18 school year. Each year when school begins I feel like it is my first because the promise of a new year fills me with anticipation and the belief that our 10,200 students will receive a wonderful educational experience in Pendergast District.

We have been busy over the summer expending our 2016 Bond monies to upgrade and prepare the campuses for our students, staff, families and community members. Please look for the Bond Dollars signs throughout the district and admire the work that has been accomplished. Our thanks go to Yianni Andrews, Chief Operations Officer and David Martinez, Director of Maintenance and Facilities and their crews for their diligence and dedication over the summer months.

We are pleased to welcome new administrators to the district and to congratulate those who have received promotions. Each of these outstanding individuals were selected by a committee for their talents, experience and expertise and will bring a wealth of knowledge to their new positions. We are very fortunate to have such exceptional professionals working with our students and staff. * Designates promotions and # indicates new hires to PESD.

  • Art Aragon, Desert Horizon Assistant Principal
  • Marisa Barrio, Westwind Assistant Principal
  • Alicia Craven, Assistant Director of Early Childhood & Exceptional Student Services
  • Abraham Gonzalez, Villa De Paz Assistant Principal
  • Denise McGloughlin, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning
  • Belinda Quezada, Villa De Paz Principal
  • Dezzy Ruiz, Desert Mirage Assistant Principal
  • Marisol Silva, Amberlea Principal
  • Mary Tierney, Coordinator of Cultural Exchange & Beginning Teachers
  • Cindy Wiste, Assistant Director of Math, Science and STEAM

We hope you will become involved in Pendergast and attend our free monthly Community Breakfasts, Parent lunches, and events at our twelve schools. Please connect with us through our Website, Facebook or Twitter.

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.