The members of our Board of Trustees are charged with advising and supervising the administrative committee, teachers and staff. They are a valuable resource, providing insight and advice for maintaining and strengthening Randolph School. Their skills and experiences assist and guide the teachers and the administrators as they work together to build a better school for the future.
Sonja de Groot Kim
Sonja de Groot Kim was a Randolph School parent for 15 years, from 1976-1991. Her three children, Saskia, Roeland and Sander all graduated from Randolph School. She has spent her career as an early childhood educator, specializing in children from birth –grade 2. She received her Ph.D. from New York University and is currently a tenured professor at Kean University in Union, NJ. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in early childhood education and early childhood administration, as well as supervises student teachers. Her interests focus on the Reggio Emilia approach to education, the development of communication in young children, and the development of long-term projects with children.
She was one of the first students at the Randolph Avenue School location in Poughkeepsie and moved with the school to Wappingers Falls, leaving at the end of 6th grade when the school didn't go any higher. Her family has been connected to the school since the beginning. Her mother worked to set up the school and create the library. Kate's brothers attended the school; one brother, Lanse, is a current board member.
Today she lives in Philadelphia and her children attend a large urban Quaker school where she is currently on the school board. Her goal for her time on the board is to raise money for Randolph School scholarships and increase teacher salaries.
He attended the Randolph School from its first year in 1963 until 1966. After graduating from the Putney School in Putney, VT in 1971, he attended Goddard College in Vermont and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1976. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1982, and then worked in construction until setting up his ceramics studio in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1985, where he resides. He has been active as a studio artist since then, with some teaching stints at art centers and colleges. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows around the United States. He is married with two daughters, 17 and 20 years old.
Lanse's father, Robert Stover, was a trustee of the Randolph School for many years until his death in 1984, and Lanse joined the board shortly thereafter. He has always believed that the Randolph School is a unique and precious educational institution, practicing a truly child-centered approach to learning long before it became popular to pay lip service to that ideal. He has watched the growth and maturity of the school with pleasure and looks forward to celebrating many more anniversaries with Randolph.
Dan Fisherman has been a parent at Randolph School for the past ten years, and has run the Philosophy for Children program at the school for the past eight. He has taught middle school math and various other courses at the school as well. He has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently working on his doctorate in Philosophy and Pedagogy at Montclair State University. A programmer by day, he is on the faculty at NYU, where he teaches computer programming. He is also an active musician, having played drums and percussion on over two dozen albums. His primary musical project, the Mommyheads, has been recording and touring for the past 20 years.
Elizabeth Rowland Tyler
Elizabeth Rowland Tyler was an art teacher and parent of two children at Randolph School from 1988 to 1995. While at Randolph she developed the Museum Project that using Randolph’s hands-on philosophy in a school-wide curriculum, which also involved the local community.
As an artist, Beth creates pottery and sculpture and has exhibited her work in New York and Connecticut. She was the owner of Cedar Hill Pottery Studios and an active member of Summergroup Artists Cooperative. She has served on the funding committee of the Dutchess County Arts Council and the Board of Directors of the Barrett Art Center.
Beth believes passionately in each individual's creative power and curiosity for authentic understanding, and feels her students’ capacity to learn and change will leave them confident and ready for the world.
Beth currently lives in Connecticut and works as an art teacher.
Craig Kunaschk is a parent of two children who attended the Randolph School from 2001 to 2008. He has a BBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin. He worked in sales for two different comic book publishers and subsequently spent over a decade in direct marketing where he had marketing and P&L responsibilities for one of the best selling books in the United States. As a recent graduate of the Coney Island Sideshow School, he can do a lot of things that he recommends you not try at home.
He currently lives in Wappinger Falls with his wife, Bobbie Chase (who taught a graphic novel course at the Randolph School several years ago), and their two children.