April Message from Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux

Dear Parents, Community Members and Colleagues,

In my March letter, I focused on continuous improvement to measure student growth and the statewide AzMerit Tests. I am thrilled to report and praise our schools for their amazing efforts to date in student learning. We have a team of knowledgeable and dedicated school administrators and directors whose primary job responsibilities are to ensure that student learning takes place and is measured through data analysis, planning, and continuous professional development. The Educational Services Department, under the direction of our Chief Academic Officer Dora Barrio, work tirelessly to provide resources, tools and support to every school focused on academic growth for all students.

The District participated in a voluntary curriculum audit and are addressing the recommendations from the audit to ensure every student makes maximum growth in addition to professional development for administrators and teachers to make it happen. Every school participated in a comprehensive needs assessment to create their school integrated action plans that were evidence-based and aligned to student needs. Pendergast has ongoing assessments called Galileo. Galileo is a comprehensive assessment system focused on promoting learning and student success through valid and reliable data that facilitates effective instruction.

All twelve Pendergast Schools are focused on teacher data-driven planning that ask four critical questions. They are:

  • What is it we expect students to learn?
  • How will we know when they have learned it?
  • How will we respond when they don’t learn?
  • How will we respond when they already know it?

We are so proud of our students’ academic progress from their pre-tests to mid-year growth with our Districtwide Galileo Assessment measures and wanted to share the results with you:

  • English Language Arts: 60.1 percent growth
  • Math: 65.4 percent growth
  • Science: 49.4 percent growth

In order to make this possible, school administrators work in collaborative teams, monitor student learning through ongoing assessment process, use results of common formative assessments to improve individual practice, and provide systematic interventions and enrichment as they take collective responsibility for student learning.

Remember, Pendergast is the district that believes in YOU! Join us in wearing Red for Ed #redfored every Wednesday to show your support for education! Please connect with us on Facebook, through Twitter and our PESD website!


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.