March Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

When I moved to Arizona from California and began as superintendent of the Pendergast District in May 2014, one of the first things I did was to become involved in the community. It has always been a cornerstone of my belief system and Marion Wright Edelman, advocate, activist and champion for children says, “Service is what life is all about.” I was raised to give back and it is a core value I hold today.

I have met my some of my dearest friends and people who have helped me grow both personally and professionally through my community service. Being selected for Leadership West Class XXII lead me to meet and co-found, along with Gina Godbehere, Attorney and Bureau Chief of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, the Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference that has impacted over 180,000 students in Arizona. My fellow board members in Leadership West have become friends and partners in Pendergast District, ready, willing and able to step up and help with whatever is needed. Being a board member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce has led me to not only see how vital is the connection between business and education, I have learned how businesses want to be involved and help districts such as ours, achieve our goals because we are creating the workforce of the future.

I first started the Superintendent’s Eighth Grade Council five years ago. Since our student leaders need people to model what community service looks and feels like, my ideal of modeling, mentoring and mindfulness, became the mantra for the Council. The selected students represent each of the twelve schools in the Pendergast District and are trained as leaders. Council members take an active role in fundraising, community service, presentation skills, decision-making and building goals for post-high school experiences. They recently presented in Washington DC at the national student LEAD conference and visited George Washington University to learn how college is accessible, and will be in their future.

We could not do all that we do in Pendergast District without our partners. They have sponsored our Academies, awards, Community Breakfasts, Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference and much more. They do not simply give money to support us, they are engaged with our students, staff, families and the communities we serve. They are true partners and we are forever grateful to them for all they contribute. Once again, Marion Wright Edelman inspires us with her words, “Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life and not something we do in our spare time.”

Please stay informed by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook and on our website, and please remember, 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.