Our friend Julie Rowe taught school as usual last Thursday and then, tragically, suffered a devasating stroke after she got home that afternoon. She died Sunday night, December 6, 2020. Julie was 41 years old. My wife Jamie has been close friends with Julie’s husband, Kyle, since high school and close friends with Julie for about the last 20 years. Kyle and Julie have three young children: Brinley, Blake, and Brett.
Julie grew up in Dallas, graduating from Bishop Lynch High School and then the University of Oklahoma in 2002. She was a star teacher here in Fort Worth. A few years ago, when FWISD reconstituted 5 chronically underperforming schools and gave their best teachers incentives to teach in those most challenging circumstances, Julie was one of those who was invited to do it, and she did, teaching at the Leadership Academy at Mitchell Boulevard where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2017-18. This year, she moved over to Westpark Elementary near her home so she could be in the same school as her own children.
Two tangible ways to give help in this terribly difficult situation have been established.
One, a donation fund that goes directly to support the immediate financial needs of Kyle and the kids (via Meal Train) can be accessed here: https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/e8o5n1 (at this time financial donations rather than food/gift card donations are preferred).
Two, the Julie Rowe Education Fund has been established under the umbrella of my organization, the Fort Worth Education Partnership. Julie actually earned “Teacher of the Year” awards twice during her distinguished teaching career and was deeply loved by both students and her colleagues. All proceeds from the Julie Rowe Education Fund will support Teacher of the Year winners in Fort Worth and the special projects they submit to improve the lives of students and educators our community. The Fort Worth Education Partnership will administer the fund with guidance and support from from Julie’s family.
We are launching this fund with a $10,000 match from two generous family members, so any donation in the next 30 days will be matched until the match total is met. You can make a donation to this fund here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/julie-rowe-education-fund?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet.