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Q & A: Get to know Lily DeBlieux

ADELANTO • Exciting. Compassionate. Structured. Those are just a few words that Adelanto School Board President Christine Turner used to describe the newly selected superintendent, Lily Matos DeBlieux.

Turner said out of 12 viable applicants, three were granted interviews and, after meeting DeBlieux in person, the board knew immediately that she was different.

“When she walked in the room you could feel this electricity about her, her excitement,” said Turner, as she recalled the interview. “All of us (board members) just looked at each other and we just knew.”

The board made sure that what they felt was real and authentic, Turner said, and as they interviewed her, it was clear who their next superintendent would be. Learn more about DeBlieux:

Q: Tell us a bit about your family and early life.

A: My parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico. I was born in New York and lived there until the age of 15. At 15 my family moved to Puerto Rico, where I finished high school and college. I had a wonderful childhood growing up. I have a wonderful husband and two fabulous adult children.

Q: What do you like to do in your free time?

A: I love to spend time with my family, read and travel.

Q: When did you decide you wanted to get involved in education?

A: As a young girl I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

Q: Have you heard about the Parent Trigger issues? What are your thoughts on the new charter school?

A: I have heard about he Parent Trigger issues. I am happy about the new charter school and look forward to working with all involved parties and working closely with the administration for the benefit of all of our students.

Q: What do you feel are the top three issues facing the district and how do you plan to address them?

A: Some of the issues we will work on are budget, student achievement and parental involvement. I will involve all stakeholders to address these issues.

Turner and DeBlieux both say they are excited to begin working together to better the district and to bring the community together as a whole.

“It’s a fresh new start for us,” Turner said. “I can’t wait.”

Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.

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