CRMS rallies around teacher in cancer fight with campus buzz cut event

Beth Krasemann, middle, and Wyatt Smith, second from right, pose with other CRMS students Wednesday after students shaved their heads in support of Krasemann's recent cancer diagnosis.
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The Colorado Rocky Mountain School community came together in a heartfelt show of support for CRMS 12th grade teacher Beth Krasemann on Wednesday, who was diagnosed with breast cancer on Sept. 5. 

Three months following her diagnosis, the solidarity within the school was palpable as students lined up for buzz cuts in honor of their beloved teacher.

The initiative began with CRMS senior Wyatt Smith. While getting a haircut at the Aspen Barbershop, he shared with owner, Eric Montemayor Sr., his plan to cut his hair in support of Krasemann. Montemayor Sr., whose sister is battling cancer, immediately recognized the significance of the gesture.

“She is such a great person and has done so much for this school and these students in the short time that she has been here,” Smith said.

The conversation sparked an idea that quickly turned into action. 

“I remembered when my sister had asked me to cut her hair,” Montemayor Sr. said. “For me, it’s really just important to be able to support anyone going through cancer during such a hard time.”

On Wednesday, the barbershop owner brought his tools to CRMS and set up an impromptu barber station. One by one, students sat down to have their heads shaved, each buzz of the clippers echoing their respect and support for Krasemann.

Krasemann, who has been teaching at CRMS since August 2022, has seen the true colors of her school community through this event.

“It’s just amazing,” Krasemann said. “From the day I told my students, they were asking ‘what can we do to help?'”

The event was not just about haircuts; it was a symbol of the collective strength and empathy of the CRMS family. The community has continued to rally around Krasemann, with students showing their support in various ways since her diagnosis.

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