December Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

Happy New Year! We are very excited for all of the opportunities for the second semester of school and especially our free Kindergarten Readiness Event coming up. This is the fourth year of the event and one of the highlights for all incoming Pendergast students and their families. It will be held on February 28, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Pendergast Community Center located at 10550 W Mariposa Street, Phoenix, AZ 85037. We will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday in style, with activities, free immunizations, community resources, information on before and after school programs (PRIDE Club), pictures with Clifford the Big Red Dog, Bruce the Bee and refreshments.

You will have the opportunity to register your child and secure their spot in Pendergast District for the 2019-20 school year.


It is quick and easy and we will have registration people at the event to assist you.

The event is free to all families both in Pendergast District and for others who would like to see our fantastic kindergarten programs. At the event you will have the opportunity to meet the principals and kindergarten teachers from our twelve schools and each child will receive a free kindergarten readiness kit complete with readiness activities, books, pencils, crayons, scissors and more to help prepare children for their kindergarten experience.

Pendergast District offers free full day kindergarten in each school and choices for parents including Dual Language programs at three of our sites, Desert Horizon, Sonoran Sky and Sunset Ridge, a Computer Academy at Villa de Paz School and an outstanding program for each child to prepare for success. Children in kindergarten are taught the Arizona Department of Education Academic Standards and a rigorous and engaging curriculum that includes math, reading, language arts, science, social studies, art, music, physical education and technology. Students also receive breakfast in the classroom and lunch. Free and reduced lunch applications are available for families and all information is kept confidential.

According to the United Way, “The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The first few years of education and preparedness are the most crucial to establishing a solid foundation from which children can adapt to school systems and learn successfully. During this period, children develop primary skills that form the foundations of reading, counting, and social interaction.”

We hope you will join us at the event! 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.