‘Truly committed’ special-education teacher worked to assess the needs of young children throughout Baltimore
Rebecca Ann Kelly Bausman, a specialeducation teacher who worked with infants and toddlers throughout Baltimore City, died of hypertensive heart disease Aug. 24 while vacationing with her children in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The Lutherville resident was 41. Family members said she was snorkeling when she suffered a coronary incident.
The daughter of James Patrick Kelly, an Anderson Honda salesman, and Mary Marlene “Doody” Buchanan, a Loyola University Maryland development worker, Rebecca Ann Kelly was born in Baltimore. She was raised first in Charles Village, and later in Gardenville and Jacksonville in Baltimore County.
She attended St. Dominic School, then Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, where she graduated in 1992.
She earned a degree in special education at Loyola University Maryland, and later received her master’s degree there.
“She was an outgoing and bubbly person,” said her uncle and godfather, Charles B. Kelly of Baltimore. “As a teacher, she saw so many children, and she brought out the positive aspects of special education.”
Ms. Bausman served as a student teacher at Carroll Manor Elementary School in Baltimore County, then started teaching in Harford County.
She became the head of the specialeducation department at Youth Benefit Elementary School in Fallston.
While teaching, she also took courses at the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Ms. Bausman left the classroom and began working for Epic Developmental Services, formerly Care Resources, on Cromwell Bridge Road.
She held a certification in early intervention, and worked under a contract with the Baltimore Health Department to help special-needs children and their families determine their eligibility for specialized intervention.
She worked with children before they began the first grade.
“She was truly committed to providing quality care for children and families,” said Suzanne Wayson, executive director for Epic Developmental. “Rebecca would go all over the city. She was an integral part of our services.
“She could tell a good story, too. She could make us all laugh,” Ms. Wayson said.
Family members said she hired, trained and placed special-education teachers and aides.
More recently, she tested and assessed children to determine their need for early intervention. She then created a specialized learning program for young children.
“I recall her enthusiasm. She radiated excitement. She made me and her friends feel good to be in her company,” said her aunt and godmother, Ginger Patinella, a resident of Fort Myers, Fla.
“Her face would light up when she began anything she put her mind to,” she said.
Mrs. Patinella, who is a reading specialist and teacher, said she would discuss lesson plans with her niece.
“We would discuss how to get children involved. Rebecca always wanted to make a lesson so that her children could understand the concept and succeed at school.”
Ms. Bausman enjoyed family trips to Ocean City. She also followed her son’s and daughter’s sports activities.
As a young woman she was a dancer, doing jazz, tap and ballet, and she enjoyed all types of music.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Sunday at Maryvale Preparatory School, 11300 Falls Road, Brooklandville.
In addition to her parents, survivors include her son, Connor Patrick Bausman of Lutherville; her daughter, Hadley Catherine Bausman of Lutherville; a brother, J. Patrick Kelly of Glen Allen, Va.; and a grandmother, Mary Buchanan of Parkville. Her marriage ended in divorce. Rebecca Bausman’s storytelling “could make us all laugh,” said a colleague.