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Leadership

 
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Ron Barker
Principal
 
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)

Personal:
Resident of Columbia County 27 years
Married for 26 years with 5 children, of which, 3 attend Belmont Academy and one is a Belmont graduate currently attending the University of Central Florida.

Profile:
2019-2020 is Mr. Barker's fourth 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 private 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.
 
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Mandi Jackson
Assistant Principal
 
 
Academic Credentials:
BA.Ed Exceptional Student Education
M.Ed Elementary Education

Certifications:
Primary Education Age 3-Grade 3
Exceptional Student Education K-12
 
Experience:
  • 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
 
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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.
 
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Lawton Unrau
CEO
 
Academic Credentials:
BS Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude, University of South Dakota
Minor in Business Administration. Undergraduate Mathematics instructor.
Additional studies in Logic, Computer Science and Biological Sciences.

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

Profile:
Lawton has been a 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 school age children.