Winthrop University: Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School
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Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School
41 Withers/WTS Building
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
803/323-4820 (fax)

Our Staff

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                                                                                 Ms.Williams, Ms. Agosto, Ms. Miller-Burton, Ms. Porter, Dr. Hamel

    Liz Porter Liz Porter

    Ms. Liz Porter has taught preschool and kindergarten for the past 15 years, eight of which have been at Macfeat. She has a Master’s degree in Child and Family Development from UNC Charlotte and a South Carolina K-6 teaching license. In Ms. Porter’s multi-age kindergarten classroom, children learn South Carolina State Standards through integrated units of study projects. These projects are driven by the children’s interests and offer them diverse opportunities to create, explore, inquire, and problem-solve. According to Ms. Porter, “I enjoy working at Macfeat because I am able to provide children with meaningful, hands-on learning experiences. My goal is to provide the children a classroom environment that is reflective of their individual identities. I am passionate about building classroom community, focusing on the whole child, and providing a culturally-responsive environment, curriculum, and materials.” 

    Rosemarie Agosto Rosemarie Agosto

    Ms. Rosemarie Agosto has been teaching preschool for over 23 years. Her passion for teaching stems from her background in Reggio Emelia training which she received in New York. She is a firm believer that play is the work of children. The curriculum in her classroom is based on the interests of the children and incorporates all subject areas, including math, science, literacy, art, music, and movement. A wide variety of materials is used to provoke students’ curiosities and support their learning in an engaging environment. Ms. Agosto states, “I love that Macfeat gives me the opportunity and freedom to teach in a way that makes learning for young children interesting and fun. They have the opportunity to collaborate and interact with their peers and teachers as they develop their knowledge and experiences.”

    Gwendolyn Miller-Burton Gwendolyn Miller-Burton

    Ms. Gwendolyn Miller-Burton has worked with children and their families in private, educational, and social service settings for 30 years. She believes that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their learning. For young children, this learning is acquired through play and creative activities. Her classroom is a busy, joyfully noisy space! According to Ms. Miller-Burton, “I strive to provide children with an interactive classroom environment which is varied, interesting, and supports problem-solving. Coupled with a warm and responsive classroom environment, it is my belief that children will feel confident in learning about themselves, others, and the world around them.”


    Dr. Erin Hamel, the school's director, recevied her B.S. in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. in Reading from Winthrop University. She has a Ph.D in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. She taught kindergarten and first grade in a local elementary school and is currently an Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Winthrop University.  As a former undergraduate student worker at Macfeat and a Macfeat parent, serving as the school's director is one of her most rewarding professional experiences. 




Last Updated: 3/15/22