COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Banning Lewis Ranch Academy community mourns the loss of one of their teachers, Rachel Dewey, who died from a tragic ski accident Sunday afternoon.
Dewey was a beloved teacher, mother, wife, and daughter. Colleagues and friends said she had an incredible passion for teaching.
"We are very heavy hearted, our hearts go out to her family," said Todd Morse, the head of the Academy. "She was a great friend to her colleagues and great mentor to her students."
Teller County authorities got the call of Dewey's accident just before 2 p.m. Sunday.
"The victim was skiing in an area called 'Little Italy,' along with her husband and three teenage boys when she fell approximately 1,000 feet," said Commander Mark Morlock, with the Teller County Sheriff's Office.
In response to Dewey's death, the Academy has closed the school down on Monday and is offering grief counseling for students.
D-49's Crisis Response Team said approaching this sensitive topic with students largely depends on the individual.
"Students and staff as human beings, we approach every situation with a unique set of experiences," said Matt Meister, D-49 Director of Communication. "So for some students it may bring up loss that they've had in the past."
Morse said the school district will provide these services as long as they are needed.
"We are going to miss her tremendously," said Morse.
Dewey was just 48 years old. Final arrangements for her haven't been made public yet.