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Tonya Belton is also a native of South Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Howard University.  She received a master’s degree from Winthrop University and doctorate in educational leadership from South Carolina State University.  She is also National Board Certified in Adolescent Young Adulthood in Mathematics. Dr. Belton has led teacher and curricula development in schools and districts across several states.  Her strength is teacher development in upper level mathematics, interpreting mathematics standards, designing classroom investigations and integrating technology into the modern classroom.

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Montrio Belton is a native of South Carolina and its public schools.  His career has included tenures as a teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal and South Carolina’s Director of School Transformation.  Montrio is known for his innovative approach to educating students, especially students of poverty.  His areas of expertise include leadership development and governmental relations.  Montrio received a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Winthrop University and a doctoral degree from UNC-Charlotte. Montrio has a law degree from the University of South Carolina.

Montrio is also the founder and sole owner of the Law Offices of Montrio Belton, LLC and focuses his practice on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury, School Law, and Workers’ Compensation. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, York County Bar (serves as Secretary), South Carolina Association of Justice, and South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense

The UREI’s mission is to provide quality, research-based professional learning opportunities and support to educators, community leaders and advocacy groups interested in providing transformative learning experiences for students.