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 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.

  • Leslie Cervantes

  • Zan Eckstrom


    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.

  • Alison Humphreys

  • Chanchal Jayaraj

  • Raeven Kelly

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  • Alex Manley

  • Christine Manley

    Christine is the current Director of McGregor Preschool.

  • Casey Obringer


    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.

  • Beth Shah

  • Sally Stuart

  • Ashley Traynham