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The Bear School Partnership Board's website

The William S. Baer School Partnership Board


The William S. Baer School Partnership Board was established in 1994, acting as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization that assists the school in serving its students and community. The Board's membership consists of leaders in Baltimore businesses, community initiatives, and education. The mission of the Board is to raise additional funds to support the special needs of our students and to organize volunteer initiatives for the school.


All money raised by the Partnership Board goes directly to meeting the therapeutic needs of the children. Since inception, the board has raised millions in private funding for The Baer School.

Partnership Initiatives

Past Board-sponsored projects have included:

  • Specialized therapeutic and mobility equipment for students of all ages

  • Playground and outdoor renovations

  • Baer School Music Garden

  • On-site therapeutic swimming pool

  • Assistive technology for classrooms

  • State-of-the-art kitchen named "Dot’s Cucina"

  • Upgraded HVAC and temperature control for every classroom and school office

  • Accessible restroom upgrades and renovations

  • Class trips where children can practice life skills firsthand in real-life settings such as: shopping centers, stores, and rides on public transportation. These trips supplement the skills and concepts of Baer’s Life Skills-based curriculum.


Working collaboratively, the Baer School’s public and private partnerships succeed because our focus remains on enriching the lives of Baer's students, our families, and the greater Baltimore community.


Please consider making a donation to help keep our programming and improvement initiatives going strong. Every cent donated is directly invested in our efforts to provide the most accessible, inclusive, and therapeutic educational opportunities for the Baer School's students.


Baer Partnership Board

T. Graham Kastendike


Kastendike Insurance Group LLC

Maury Donnelly and Parr Inc.

Mary McWilliams


Warner Graham Corp, Retired

Charles Roebuck III

Vice President

H.G. Roebuck, Inc.

Zulema Sockwell Moore

Baer School Principal

Board Members

Ed Audy

Waverly Construction

Carmela Bell


Matthew Bolyard

Southway Builders

Jacqueline Caldwell

Greater Mondawmin Committee

Joshua A. Deckerbaum

General Growth Properties

Robert Ellrich

Lincoln Financial 

Matt Flora

Ankura Cybersecurity

Sonia Gann

Baltimore City Schools, Retired

Clay Goodier

Goodier & Baker, LLC

Joe Hart


Donna Shapiro

Pam Hundley

Waverly Construction

Sanjeev Joshi

Brown Advisory

Chris Kastendike

Kastendike Insurance Group LLC

Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc.

Debbie Kastendike

Civic Volunteer

Eric Kastendike

Kastendike Insurance Group LLC

Maury Donnelly and Parr, Inc.

Erin Langston 


Katherine Lutts

T. Rowe Price

Jack McWilliams

Founder, Maxalea Nurseries, retired

Michael Shore

Brown Advisory

Shounok Sinha

Constellation Energy

Board Members
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