Mr. DePiro hopes to return to TAMS next semester

DePiro Rules!

Mr. DePiro 8th grade history teacher

Middle school social studies teacher and assistant football coach Adam DePiro recently took a medical leave of absence to continue his battle with a cancerous brain tumor that was discovered last spring.

While he began the school year in his classroom, DePiro knew he would have to leave for surgery and chemotherapy early in the fall.

“I started the year knowing that I wouldn’t be here for the start, but I would be here at the end,” said DePiro, “I wanted to set the tone in my classroom before I left so that everyone could see that I was still myself.”

Because he’s DePiro, we know he’s kicking cancer’s butt! ”

— MS Principal Kristen Pinter

Currently, DePiro is undergoing radiation and chemo-therapy.

“This would be my 7th day of radiation and chemo, I have something like 35 more left,” said DePiro.

So far DePiro reports that he is doing well.

“I have not lost any hair yet!” said DePiro.

Senior Ashley Miller said that she wasn’t aware of DePiro’s health situation, but “he has everyone at Tyrone supporting him, and we’ll always be there for him.”

“Honestly, it saddens me a lot. I hope he beats cancer permanently,” added Miller.

“I hope [he gets] well. Kick cancer’s [butt] for me!” said junior Damon Morgan.

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My doctors tell me I’ll be back bigger, badder, and better than ever”

— Mr. Adam DePiro

DePiro expects to make a full recovery.  “My doctors tell me I’ll be back bigger, badder, and better than ever,” said DePiro.

“I plan to push that boundary because I don’t accept anything less of myself,” said DePiro.

“We miss him and can’t wait for him to be back,” said middle school Principal Kristen Pinter.

“Because he’s DePiro, we know he’s kicking cancer’s butt!” added Pinter.

Mr. DePiro said he is especially looking forward to seeing the current class of seniors, which was his first 8th grade class, graduate this year.

When asked what he would like to say to the students DePiro said “I would like to give a special thanks to all the fall sports teams and clubs and a special shout-out to my junior high, junior varsity, and varsity football squads. Another year passes, but tradition never graduates. And a special welcome to all the winter sports and clubs. Thanks for your support!”

DePiro isn’t sure exactly when he will be return to teaching, but hopes to be back sometime between mid-January and mid-March.

Remember, “DePiro is watching you,” and he’ll see you soon!