By West Valley View staff

Pendergast Elementary School District’s Cindy Wiste has been selected as the 2019 Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented administrator of the year.

“It is evident that during your time at Pendergast Elementary School District you have achieved unprecedented outcomes over the last several years,” AAGT officials said in a statement.

“We at AAGT would like to honor you for your time and ability to inspire teachers, to employ exemplary leadership practices, and to participate as an active member of our community.”

Wiste was honored during the 2019 AAGT annual conference on February 7 at the Black Canyon Conference Center.

“This acknowledgement from AAGT is possible because of the exemplary vision of Dr. Lily DeBlieux, superintendent of Pendergast District, and the governing board,” Wiste said. “The district’s remarkable vision for STEAM education helps forever alter the trajectory of the lives of our students, teachers, staff and administrators.”

DeBlieux said she’s proud of Wiste’s achievements and contributions to PESD.

“Cindy has been an amazing force in the district and is highly respected by all,” DeBlieux said.

“She has worked collaboratively to establish a math problem-solving framework, which has resulted in increased student achievement. She mentors instructional coaches in effective coaching practices, which elicit the highest levels of student achievement and teacher growth, and she is committed to supporting the students, staff, families and communities we serve. She is a role model of excellence and is most deserving of this award.”

staff, W. V. V. (2019, February 16). Pendergast’s Wiste honored as administrator of the year. Retrieved from

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