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November 2014 Member Spotlight - Dr. Lily Matos Deblieux

Dr. Lily Matos Deblieux,
Pendergast Elementary School District #92 Superintendent
Phoenix, AZ
ALAS Superintendents Leadership Academy (SLA) Alumnni

Career Highlights & Education:  Working with diverse student populations throughout the United States and England; BA - Business Administration, University of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; BA - Elementary Education, MA - Educational Supervision, PHD - Educational Leadership; University of Southern Mississippi.

What I like best about my job isHelping students and parents reach their potential via educational excellence and mentoring aspiring administrators.

The best advice I’ve ever received is:  Always make decisions in the best interest of students.

Advice you would give a new superintendent or school system leader:  Listen to all stakeholders, be visible in the schools and the community and maintain your integrity in all you do.

If I ever snuck out of work early, I could probably be found: Buying new shoes in my favorite store.

People would be surprised to know that:  I interrupted my career in education and owned a Xerox Agency - Widespread Technology, Your One Source for Xerox Equipment and More, for six years prior to returning to education.

One thing I wish more people knew about ALAS is:  ALAS is an awesome organization providing excellent professional development and networking opportunities that will help you advance in your career as a professional educator.