The Ben Franklin Academy

Business Manager & Registrar

College Counselors

Dean of Students

Director of Media Services

Director of Student Records

Head of School

School Counselors


Jan Bedol, Ben Franklin Academy

Jan Bedol

B.A., M.A.T.

Department / Position

U.S. History
Georgia History
Arts and Crafts Club


Phone Number

Business Phone: 404-633-7404



Jan is a native Atlantan. As a student, she attended Decatur High School, Agnes Scott College and Emory University.  She studied political science and history as an undergraduate, then pursued her interests by working in the Georgia legislature and later, the governor’s office.  Jan received her Masters in the Art of Teaching from Emory with a concentration in curriculum design, continuing work in special education at Georgia State University.  Jan has taught history, English and the gifted program at Renfroe Middle School, corporate training at Crawford & Company in Atlanta and, most recently, Critical Thinking and tutored at Pace Academy.  She adores teaching and especially loves working with a diverse group of learners, using a variety of learning techniques.  

In her time away from BFA, Jan is active in the community.  She is on the Board of Directors of DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, an elder at Decatur Presbyterian Church and involved in working with the homeless in the Decatur area.  She loves creating art, paper craft, arranging flowers, reading and fly-fishing.

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Horace Mann

Athletic Director

Director of Accounting

Director of Marketing and Community Outreach