Stan J. Beiner
Stan J. Beiner has years of experience in diverse educational settings including private schools, camps, and community agencies. He has also taught university summer seminars on teen community building and served as an educational consultant. He holds a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida and an M.A. in Teaching and an M.A. in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism.
Stan has served as the leader of four private schools with twenty years of experience. He has achieved recognition with such accomplishments as Blue Ribbon School and US Department of Education School of Innovation. As a result, he was asked to contribute material to Best Practices of Award Winning Elementary School Principals. In addition, he has received the Mickey Weiss Award for Outstanding Alumni from the University of Judaism and the Creativity in Management Award from Independent School Management. He has also had articles published in local and national publications. One of his notable entries was an article on high school pressure and college realities that appeared in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Having served as an administrator for many years, Stan decided to return to the classroom and became a third grade teacher and team leader at Fulton Academy of Science and Technology. He continued as an eighth grade history and science teacher and helped direct the first Capstone presentations for the graduating class.
Stan’s passion and commitment to the FAST mission has led him to become the principal of the school.
His hobbies include science fiction/fantasy, road trips, and writing. He is married to Judith Beiner and has three daughters.
Mr. Peter Epstein
FAST Assistant Principal (5 – 8)
Mr. Peter Epstein has been working in the field of education for over 12 years. He holds a Bachelors in Russian Studies and a Masters Degree in the Art of Teaching from Emory University in Atlanta. He has also completed an Educational Leadership Program at Kennesaw State University focused on building learning communities and leading schools to higher levels of achievement.
Throughout his career, Peter has held teaching and leadership positions in private, public, and charter schools. After completing his Educational Leadership Program, he took a position as Education Manager at New American Pathways, one of the largest refugee resettlement agencies in Georgia. In this capacity, Peter worked with students who recently arrived in the U.S. from all over the world. A highlight of this period was becoming the recipient of a competitive Dollar General Literacy Award in Washington D.C in March of 2015. Mr. Epstein’s program was chosen from over 300 Youth Literacy programs nationally for its focus and impact on students’ literacy skills.
Most recently, Mr. Epstein served as the Principal of a K-8 Private School in Atlanta. During his time there, he set the school’s vision, increased enrollment, implemented a project-based curriculum model, brought in new instructional technology, raised funds for a state of the art Science Lab (completed in April of 2018), and successfully completed the school’s accreditation process with the highest quality rating.
Peter has traveled extensively around the world and has visited many countries. His hobbies include hiking, swimming, traveling, and outdoor activities. When Peter is not working, he relishes spending time with his wife and daughter. He is excited to be a part of the leadership team at FAST and helping the school’s continued growth and development.
Ms. Mary Miller
FAST Assistant Principal (K – 4)
Ms. Mary Miller is originally from Maryland and has eighteen years of classroom, coaching, and mentoring experience as well as certification in Educational Leadership, Early Childhood, and Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Education from the University of Maryland, as well as three additional post-graduate certificates from other universities around the country in Educational Leadership, Literacy, Data-driven Decision Making and Technology.
During her career in education she has had the opportunity to live and work in Egypt, Latvia, and Colombia, as well as the United States. During these experiences Ms. Miller worked in a variety of different instructional frameworks and methodologies including Project Based Learning, STEAM, IB Primary Years Program, Inquiry, and Personalized learning.
Ms. Miller believes that as educators we should embrace and model lifelong learning and she is very excited about her acceptance into the Gilder Lehrman Summer Teacher Institute in San Diego, CA this year. This experience will allow her to expand her knowledge and instructional practices around teaching American History. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge and experiences to the FAST community in order to help improve the academic, social, and emotion development of our students.
She is dedicated to creating and maintaining a culturally proficient school community through professional development, discussion, and relationships. She is looking forward to working with all of the stakeholders of FAST to create a school culture where the uniqueness of each family is honored and celebrated.
The 2019-2020 school year will be an exciting experience for the whole FAST family. Ms. Miller is looking forward to meeting each one of you and having fun learning and growing together.
Mr. Mark Gerl
FAST Innovation Director
Mark Gerl is a fourth generation teacher, following his mother, grandmother and great grandmother in school work. For eight years, he was a Systems Administrator, earning a commendation as one of the International Top 20 “SysAdmin of the Year” for 2009 from BigFix.com and the Large Installation System Administrators Association. Mr. Gerl then followed his passion for education and moved into a classroom setting at the Galloway School as a K-4 Technology Coordinator. During this time his project-based, hands-on learning environment was featured in the book “Loving Learning” by Tom Little and Katherine Ellison.
In his spare time Mr. Gerl enjoys flying paper airplanes, kites and model rockets. He lives in Woodstock with his wife and 2 sons and is on a never- ending quest to brew the perfect cup of coffee. His favorite book is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster.
Mr. James Jackson
Dean of Students
James Jackson earned his Masters of Educational Leadership from Clark Atlanta University, his Bachelors in both Psychology and Sociology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and his Associates in Liberal Arts with a focus of Child Psychology from Kemper Military Junior College. James has taught Math and Science, however, he found his passion in the subject area of Social Studies where he obtained his Certification in the state of Ohio in Integrated Social Studies. James has experience teaching in both public and charter school settings and has 7 years of administrative experience as a Dean of Students and Interim Principal (TechCon Institute). During the 2018-2019 school year, James was a teacher in the FAST Special Education Department.
Mr. Jackson has 19 years of experience in education and has been recognized for implementing programs, workshops and professional developments such as A.L.I.C.E, Character Education, Peer Mediation, PBIS, and Restorative Justice. He is well known for his extensive Safety and Security focus, Community Connections, Data Driven Implementation, Safety Policy, and Procedures. James has coached educators and led professional development throughout the Midwest region and has contributed efforts with the results of two Blue Ribbon Schools of Academic Excellence. Jackson is beyond excited to share his passion with FAST families and the belief in Project Based Learning (PBL).
Ms. Courtnie James
Mr. Ron Rhodes
Chief Business Officer
Ron Rhodes is an experienced accountant with over 25 years of experience outside of education and 7 years of experience in the Atlanta area charter school system. A native of South Carolina, Ron is a graduate of South Carolina State University. Ron has been with FAST since we opened our doors to students in 2016.
Ron is an avid sports fan and loves all sports. In his free time Ron loves to play tennis, travel in groups, and is a member of his church’s men’s choir, Brotherhood of Praise. Ron is married with two children and lives in Marietta.