March Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux
Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,
I was recently given the amazing opportunity to be a Featured Speaker at the National Association for Bi-lingual Education (NABE) Education Conference in Dallas, Texas. As an educator, I went to the conference to learn, grow, and represent the students, staff, families and communities that comprise our district. My job as superintendent is to be the voice on a national level to ensure our students and staff are heard and that we as a nation are making decisions in their best interest.
In addition to speaking about Equity and Empowerment, I shared stories and information on a national stage about all we are doing in Pendergast District to provide an outstanding education for our students as we live our mission to Empower Excellence and Success. I spoke about how vital now only our student achievement is, but also the factors that contribute to student success...our recent conference, held in January 2017 entitled – Stand Up, Speak Up, and Save a Life. It is incumbent upon us to educate our students for life and that includes creating a movement to instill in them the power and courage to do the right thing. It is a deep caring of each other as human beings to see when we need to show how much we can do to help.
Attending national conferences gives our staff an opportunity to learn from the best and to recruit teachers and staff members to join our team. As you may know, there is a severe teacher shortage in Arizona and even with the university teacher education programs, there are not enough graduates being produced to meet this shortage. Thanks to Patti Tussey and her team from Pendergast District, we were able to meet with some very skilled candidates and share all the great opportunities in Pendergast District in so many different areas. As we expand our offerings for our students, we will be looking for talent to teach them and we welcome applicants to join our family.
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.