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Ron Barker
Public Records Custodian

Academic Credentials:
Master of Education in Educational Leadership, American College of Education, Indianapolis, IN
Bachelor of Music Education, Cum Laude, Bethel University, Arden Hills, MN;
Holds Florida Department of Education Certificates in Educational Leadership (All levels) and Music Education (K-12)

Resident of Columbia County 29 years
Married for 27 years with 5 children, of which, 2 attend Belmont Academy and are Belmont graduates attending the University of Central Florida and University of Florida.

2020-2021 is Mr. Barker's fifth year as principal of Belmont Academy.  Being part of the administrative team since Belmont's inception, he was Assistant Principal for its first three years.  Continuing as principal, he is committed to upholding the mission of Belmont Academy: "Excellence for all students", accomplished by leading everyone at Belmont to their greatest potential and success. He has over 20 years of experience as a music instructor. In addition, he has worked 23 years in positions encompassing sales, management, personnel training, and business finance. He enjoys performing on his trumpet on a regular basis with the Gateway City Big Band.
Mandi Jackson
Assistant Principal
Academic Credentials:
BA.Ed Exceptional Student Education
M.Ed Elementary Education

Primary Education Age 3-Grade 3
Exceptional Student Education K-12
  • Ten years as classroom teacher with Columbia County School District teaching grades Pre-K through 5th Grade, both general and special education
  • Five years as a staffing specialist with Columbia County School District's Exceptional Student Education and Student Support Services Office
  • Instruction Coach at Belmont Academy 2017-2019
  • Assistant Principal at Belmont 2019-2020
Drew Sloan
Assistant Principal
Mr. Sloan was born and raised in lake City, FL, graduating from Columbia High School in 1998.  He is a 2004 graduate from Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's or Arts in Elementary Education.  Mr. Sloan has been working with the Columbia County School District for 13 years and has held numerous positions.  He has been the Aquatic Supervisor, Student -care attendant, remedial paraprofessional and teacher.  When he is not working at Belmont, Mr. Sloan coaches football at Columbia High School.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friend, fishing, swimming and watching Florida Gator Football.
Lawton Unrau
Academic Credentials:
BS Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, University of South Dakota
Minor in Business Administration

Resident of Columbia County for nearly 30 years
Happily Married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren

Mr. Unrau is in his sixth year as CEO of Belmont Academy.  During Belmont's opening school year 2013-2014, he served as Mathematics Teacher and Department Chair. Mr. Unrau has been a business owner, problem solver and business strategist for over 30 years. His ability to digest and organize large amounts of information into an effective logistical solution has proven an asset time and time again. Lawton enjoys music, photography and volunteering his time with students.