Head of School
Byron Hulsey joined the Randolph community in 2006, serving as the eighth Head of School in the Randolph’s 52-year history.
Since coming to Randolph, Dr. Hulsey has led the carefully planned growth of School as it expanded to two campuses with the opening of a $27 million Upper School facility in 2009 and as it looks to the future to ensure students are provided extraordinary opportunities in academics, arts and athletics. During Dr. Hulsey’s tenure, the student body has grown by 20%, and he has hired 60% of the current faculty and staff, spurred by the significant enrollment growth. Under his leadership, the School has established an Office of Institutional Advancement, reorganized its divisional structure, added academic deans to support students in each division, and completed the first phase of a comprehensive strategic planning process designed to strengthen Randolph’s position as a community of learners. He led the recently completed $10 million capital campaign, the largest in the School’s history.
Dr. Hulsey’s strong commitment to Randolph’s mission resulted in the development of a new mission statement for the School, emphasizing the culture of honor and integrity that is so highly valued by our community. In addition to his administrative leadership, Dr. Hulsey continues to enjoy teaching, offering a history elective to upperclassmen each spring. He is currently involved in the development of a senior capstone project, providing a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the liberal arts.
A graduate of Woodberry Forest School, Dr. Hulsey earned his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia in 1990, where he was named a Jefferson Scholar. He returned to his native Texas for graduate studies, earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Texas in Austin where he was a Patterson-Banister Fellow in American History. An historical scholar, Dr. Hulsey is the author of Everett Dirksen and His Presidents: How a Senate Giant Shaped American Politics, published in 2000 by the University Press of Kansas.
Following his work as a teacher, coach and administrator at schools in England and Virginia, Dr. Hulsey accepted a position in 2000 as Associate Director of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at The University of Virginia. In 2003 he became the Assistant Headmaster at Norfolk Academy, an independent day school established in 1728 and which serves 1,200 students.
Dr. Hulsey moved to Huntsville in 2006 to serve as Randolph’s Head of School. He currently serves as the treasurer of the Alabama Association of Independent Schools and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Dr. Hulsey and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Ben, a Randolph second grader, and Claire, age 3.
Assistant Head of School - Finance & Operations
Bryant is a summa cum laude business administration graduate with a master’s degree in administrative science. She has been a Randolph School staff member since 1991. Prior to that, she was a senior marketing representative and financial analyst. Bryant is a member of the Joint Research Project Organization, Mid-South Independent School Business Officers and the Nashville Association of Independent Business Officers. She and her husband, David Bryant, an insurance/financial consultant, have four children.
Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs
Beckman holds a master’s degree in education and recently completed an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining the Randolph School faculty, he was principal of the St. Edward School in Nashville. He also worked as instrumental music director and fine arts chair at Father Ryan High School in Nashville. A former member of the United States Army Field Band in Washington, D.C., Beckman's honors include a listing on the School Library Journal's “Administrator Honor Roll” and winning its 2004 “Administrator of the Year” award. He is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National, Southern and Alabama Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Gifted Children, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education.
Beckman and his wife, Tsuya, have two children enrolled at Randolph: Andrew and Thomas.
Director of Institutional Advancement
Scott Schamberger joined the School's administrative team as Director of Institutional Advancement on July 1, 2010.
A graduate of Emory University, Schamberger served as that school's Associate Dean of Admission before coming to Randolph. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia, where he was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society in Education. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in educational policy studies and social foundations of education at Georgia State University.
Director of Admissions
Below, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees, joined the Randolph faculty in 1998. Prior to that, she taught French at the high school level in both Louisiana and Alabama and at the University of Alabama. Below is a member of the Pi Delta Phi French honor society and the following professional organizations: Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers, American Association of Teachers of French, American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language, Southern Conference on Language Teaching and National Network for Early Language Learning.
Below has a young daughter, Ally, currently enrolled at Randolph School, who is a member of the Class of 2016.
Director of College Counseling
Allen is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College who also has a master’s degree from Shippensburg University. He came to Randolph in 1997. Prior to that, Allen worked as an administrator, coach and science teacher at the St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., and at Savannah Country Day School in Georgia. Allen is a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National and Southern Associations of College and Admissions Counselors. He and his wife, Betsy, an eighth-grade U.S. history and current events teacher at Randolph, have two grown children.
Head of School
Prior to becoming the head of Randolph’s Upper School division in 2008, Bell served for four years as the Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Academic Affairs at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, after serving as the school’s Assistant Director of Admissions for four years. During his years at Woodberry Forrest, he also served as head coach of the varsity basketball team and the freshman lacrosse team. Earlier in his career, Bell spent five years as a social studies teacher and coach on the high school level in Chesterfield County, Virginia. Bell holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree in education from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Head of Middle School
Robb joined the faculty at Randolph in 1995 with prior work experience developing community education programs for Huntsville Hospital. She is a member of the National Middle School Association. She and her husband, Robert, have three children, two of whom are currently enrolled at Randolph School: Hayley '05, Jenny '07, and Hudson '11.
Head of Lower School
Shaw holds two undergraduate degrees in addition to a master's degree. She joined the Randolph faculty in 1985. Prior to that, she gained experience teaching at the elementary school level in Utah, where she received the “Outstanding Teacher Award” from Southern Utah University in 1981.
Shaw is a member of Kappa Delti Pi, an international education honor society; the Principals Board of the Early Works Museum in Huntsville; and the National Association of Independent Schools.
She and her husband, Steve Shaw, an attorney, have four children.
Athletic Director & Head Varsity Football Coach
Director of Visual and Performing Arts/ Band Director
Bernick holds a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in education from Vanderbilt University, where he was the assistant director of bands for four years. His teaching experience, private instruction and in academic settings, extends back to 1998. He is a proficient percussionist, guitarist, saxophonist, singer, composer, and conductor, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), the National Association for Music Educators (MENC), the National Band Directors Association (NBA), and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA).
His wife, Laura, is a kindergarten teacher at Randolph.
Director of Community Learning
Director of Communications
Moore joined Randolph in 2009 after spending 14 years at the American School in London. The positions she held there included Communications Director and Academic Assistant to the Head of School. Prior to that, she held alumni affairs, development, teaching and coaching positions at Friends Seminary and taught at Packer Collegiate Institute in New York City. She and husband James Saft have two daughters.
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