It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our dear colleague, Dr. Joan Rowe. Dr. Rowe taught English at Midwood High School for over 20 years. She created the True Crimes curriculum; the most popular English course selected each semester by seniors. She ensured that her students were immersed in the world of the criminal justice system, taking students on trips to the courts and bringing in guest speakers to share their knowledge and expertise with her students. She worked in tandem with her colleagues, led the 12th grade teacher team, scheduled tutoring sessions each year and ensured that all students at Midwood had access to AP courses in the ELA department. She was a devoted teacher, a gentle soul, and a wonderful human being. She will be deeply missed by her colleagues and former students.