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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 30 years
Married for 28 years with 5 children, of which, 2 attend Belmont Academy currently and two children are Belmont graduates attending UCF and UF.

2021-2022 is Mr. Barker's sixth 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.
Stephanie Pierce
Assistant Principal
Academic Credentials:
Educational Leadership (All levels)
Elementary Education K-6
Exceptional Student Education K-12
Endorsements: K-12 in English Speakers of Other Languages and Reading
AA in Music, Santa Fe College
Bachelors in Elementary Education, K-6, Saint Leo University
Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration, American College of Education
Career Highlights:
Mrs. Pierce has previously taught in an E.S.E classroom with kids of varying exceptionalities, VPK (including various daycare classrooms), 2nd grade for 1 year, 5th grade for 4 years, 1st grade for Belmont Academy’s first year, and 2 years in 3rd grade. She has been recognized as a Best and Brightest Teacher for 3 years and a High Impact Teacher for 2 years.
Mrs. Pierce loves teaching and kids of all ages.  She is passionate about helping struggling students succeed. As a school leader, she knows that caring for her teachers results in teachers that are able to care for their students. Her goal is to create a fun environment that is not only a happy place, but a rigorous place to learn. At home, she enjoys traveling with her family that includes a 9 year old son, 4 year old son, and husband. Her hobbies include singing in a rock band and playing the flute.
Drew Sloan
Assistant Principal


Academic Credentials:

Master of Education in Educational Leadership, American College of Education

Bachelors in Elementary Education, K-6, Saint Leo University



Resident of Columbia County 41 years

Graduated from Columbia High School in 1998

Married with 4 children

Enjoys spending time with family and friends, fishing, swimming and watching Florida Gator football.



Aquatic Director at Columbia Aquatic Complex 2003-2011

Recreation Supervisor at Corrections Corporation of America 2011-2014

Teacher at Summers Elementary 2014-2017

Teacher at Belmont Academy 2017-2018

Director of Discipline at Belmont Academy 2018-2019

Assistant Principal at Belmont Academy 2019-2021

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.