School mourns loss of teacher in skiing accident

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A middle school social studies teacher was killed over the weekend in a skiing accident off the Pikes Peak Highway.

Authorities say Rachel Dewey was with her husband and three sons in an area known as Little Italy when she lost control and fell 1,000 feet.

Her family stayed by her side until emergency crews responded. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Dewey's body was brought down by personnel from El Paso and Teller counties' search and rescue teams.

Little Italy, which can be accessed from Glen Cove (mile 13 on the highway), is one of several couloirs used for skiing on Pikes Peak. It's listed as "expert," which her husband told authorities Dewey was.

Dewey taught at Banning Lewis Ranch Academy, which canceled classes Monday in response to her death.

In a letter to families, school head Todd Morse said the news was "sudden and difficult." Resources would be in place starting Tuesday to help students cope, he wrote.

Dewey was also an adjunct professor at Pikes Peak Community College. Grief counselors were on hand Monday for students and faculty.

Those who would like to pay their respects to Rachel are encouraged to attend her memorial service. The service is scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2845 Parliament Drive. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, mourners may provide prepared meals for the family.

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