Staff profiles

McGregor Preschool staff members are dedicated, experienced, and educated professionals, committed to providing the best possible preschool experience for your child.

  • hedda bell

    Hedda Bell is teaches 5-day 3 year olds with Jenny Gantt. She has been teaching at McGregor for 4 years. She was a substitute and completed her field placement at McGregor for the early childhood degree at Midlands Tech. She is married to John-Mark and they have 3 children and are a foster family also. She enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities, the beach and football!

  • BARBARA BURK

    Barbara teaches both the 3-day and the 2-day 1-year-old classes. She has two boys, Ryan and Derek, who attended preschool here. Barbara has worked at LaPetite and Sunshine House and was a nanny when she lived in New Jersey. She has lived in South Carolina for 15 years. She enjoys running, art, and reading.

  • SUSAN DICKERSON

    Susan teaches five-day 2-year-olds with Lynne Medlock and has taught at McGregor since 1988. She and Lynne have been a successful team for 14 years. Susan is from Spartanburg, attended USC-Spartanburg and has two children, Matt and Megan. Susan is also the proud “MiMi” to Elizabeth Scott and Fin.

  • SUZANNE ECKSTROM

    Suzanne teaches three-day 3-year-olds and two-day 2-year-olds with Miriam McKinney. She has worked with preschoolers for over 30 years. She graduated from Irmo High School and has a bachelor of science degree from the University of South Carolina. A lifelong resident of the Irmo area, Suzanne and her husband, Dan, have three children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

  • Amber FOrrest

    Teach bio coming soon!

  • JENNY GANTT

    Jenny is the associate teacher in the 5-year-old kindergarten class, and she has taught at McGregor since 1985. She has a degree from the University of South Carolina, and she worked for the federal government for 10 years before coming to McGregor. Jenny is married and has a son, Justin, who earned his Ph.D. from USC and works as a senior research engineer for Exxon/Mobil in Houston, Texas. She also has a daughter, Amanda, who has a Ph.D. in math education. Amanda is a professor at James Madison University in Virginia and is married to Dan Sawyer. Jenny enjoys visits with her children and evenings eating out with friends.

  • Sherri Lammers

    Teacher bio coming soon!

  • MIRIAM MCKINNEY

    Miriam teaches three-day 3-year-olds and two-day 2-year-olds with Suzanne Eckstrom. She graduated from USC with a B.S degree in business. Originally from the Upstate, she has lived in Irmo for over 35 years. She is married to Stan, and they have two boys, Brock and Austin.

  • LYNNE MEDLOCK

    Lynne teaches five-day 2-year-olds with Susan Dickerson. She started teaching at McGregor in 1995. She has a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University, where she met her husband, Joe. They have three children – Hannah, a chemistry teacher in Knoxville, Tennessee; Hunter, who lives in Columbia; and Erin, a ninth grader. Her family enjoys the beach, playing tennis and snow skiing.


  • LISA RASNICK

    Lisa is our new business manager. She began teaching at McGregor in 2002. She holds a B.S. degree from California State University at Northridge. Lisa has a house divided, with one daughter at Clemson and one at USC. She enjoys scuba diving, cross stitching and reading.

  • MAUREEN TAYLOR

    Maureen is the co-teacher for the five-day 4-year-olds with Lisa Ransack. Maureen has taught at McGregor since 2002. She is married to Mark, and they have three children and one grandson, Will. Maureen moved from Forest Hills, New York, to attend the University of South Carolina. Go Gamecocks! 

  • Neilly weeks

    Teacher bio coming soon!