Joseph Defino- Grant D Morse Elementary in SaugertiesMr Defino has always been 150% supportive, caring mentor, teacher for all his students and his neighborhood and family. He's an amazing human being and has done so much for everyone. There really needs to be "Best Teacher Ever Award!!" Not just Monthly or yearly!! ♥️♥️ ////// Mr. Defino is a pinnacle in Saugerties teaching, and the community. He recently has been admitted to Albany med for a brain bleed, caused by treatments for brain cancer. He wears many hats, and is always a friendly face. ////// He has always been the most dedicated teacher to the kids that I've ever known. Spends a lot of his free time helping them. Started Morse Rocks for the kids. Started the Mustang Bowl for 5th and 6th graders. The nicest person you'll ever meet ////// He is the most amazing teacher. He is dedicated to every child in the school. He has a long career as being the light in these children's lives. ////// Me Defino has devoted his life and career to his school and comminity. He is loved by students in their 30s now, and each have a story about he changed their life. 10 days ago he was hospitalized with a brain bleed, caused by brain cancer. A battle he fought in private until now. Our local community has received so much for this man, we want to give him every bit of love and recognition he deserves in this time, for him and his wife and 5 children. He also created the Hope Rocks festival several years ago, an annual festival to bring awareness to addiction and mental health. The giving of this man is unending, and this is our time to show our love and appreciation. Thank you. ///// Yesterday I found out that one of my favorite teacher's is in the hospital... I don't even know where to begin. I feel so bad.. Mr. Defino has touched so many lives and is such a selfless person... He has been a pillar in our community for years, and he is truly someone I admire a great deal! If you know him, then you know the kind of person he is, and he would go above and beyond the call of duty. I am 39 years old and I still remember Mr. Defino being one of the best teachers I’ve ever had! He deserves to receive his flowers while he’s still here to enjoy them! ///// Joe Defino is an amazing teacher but he also is great contributor to our community in Saugerties . He is active in St. John's church but even more he organizes the Hope Rocks event. He started the Hope Rock event after realizing how many of his former students are addicted to drugs or died from that addiction Joe is now battling brain cancer. We all wish him well. ///// Mr.Defino is one of the most respected teachers in our community. He goes well above and beyond the expectations of a teacher. He is encouraging, understanding, patient and sincere. Not only does he teach the students in the community, he holds numerous events to help bring awareness of mental health and addiction to people. "Hope Rocks" is his slogan for these events. He truly is a "Hope Dealer". He is very well know and LOVED by so many within the community. Mr.Defino is currently going through some very difficult times right now. He recently had a brain bleed due to treatments for brain cancer. I feel like if he were to receive this it may help to lift his spirits as he done for so many others in his life. It’s our turn to give Mr.Defino all the hope and love he deserves at this time.