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Ron Barker
Principal / Chief Accademic Officer
 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 32 years
Married for 30 years with 5 children, of which, one attends Belmont Academy currently and three are Belmont graduates.

2024-2025 is Mr. Barker's ninth 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.

April VinsonApril Vinson
Assistant Principal of Student Special Services
Academic Credentials:
Master's in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University
Bachelor's in Psychology from Saint Leo University 
Reading and ESOL Endorsement 
Commissioner's Leadership Academy Participant
NEFEC Leadership Academy Particip
Mrs. Vinson has been a resident of Columbia County for nearly 35 years. She has four children, of which, two are school-aged and attend Belmont Academy. Mrs.Vinson enjoys spending time with famliy and friends on the water and spending Saturdays watching the Georgia Buildogs play football.
Mrs. Vinson has served in the education field for 19 years and has various certifications including Educational Leadership, Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, Middle Grades Intergrated Curriculum, Reading and ESOL. She has experience in various levels of school leadership including being a principal, instructional coach, and district ESE staffing specialist. Mrs. Vinson has taugh both general education classes and ESE classes in the elementary and secondary settings. She has a passion for education and is excited to assist all Belmont students reach their full potential. Go Knights! 
Jessica Harris
Jessica Harris
Assistant Principal of
Curriculum and Instruction
 Academic Credentials:        
Masters in Educational Leadership from American College of Education
Bachelors in Elementary Education from Saint Leo University 
Reading and ESOL Endorsement 
University of Florida Lastinger Certified Instructional Coach 
I have lived in Columbia County most of my life.  I have been married for 5 years and we have a beautiful blended family of five children.  Their names are Halleigh-Ray Harris, Camden Harris, Jayse Brinkley, Ruby Harris and Sadie Brinkley.  Halleigh-Ray attends Rollins College playing volleyball and the other four are still in high school.  Two of my children attend Belmont.  Belmont has been a blessing for our family. 
Mrs. Harris has been in education for over 15 years.  Teaching many different grade levels and subjects most of her career. She decided to go back to school to get her degree in Educational Leadership six years ago.  She served as an Instructional Coach for five years at an elementary school and one year in a middle school.  During this time she became a certified Instructional Coach.  She served as the Secondary Instructional Coach at Belmont Academy before becoming an Assistant Principal. She has a love for education and a passion for helping students and teachers succeed.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying some fun in the sun. When she isn't in Lake City you can find her on a boat somewhere.  Mrs. Harris loves Belmont and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the staff, teachers, students, and parents who feel like family. 
Drew Sloan
Assistant Principal Of
Safety & Dicipline


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 2019-2024