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Meet Us

Erica Pitrack, Director
Erica Pitrack, Director

I moved here from Florida in 2005 to attend Lenoir Rhyne University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with a minor in Communications. In 2010, I decided to pursue my career in Early Childhood Education and earned my Admin 1 and 2. I started my teaching career right here at Gateway McKee in 2014 as a Toddler Teacher. That’s when I knew that I wanted to be a Preschool Director!

In 2018, I graduated with my Masters in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood and Curriculum from the University Of Phoenix. I’m looking forward to building relationships with parents and getting to know each and every child. I love that Gateway Academy creates an environment where every child feels welcome and I’m glad that I can play a role in your child’s first learning experiences.

I was on a swimming scholarship at LRU and I still enjoy swimming in my free time. I also love going to the dog park with my fur babies: Sam and Charlie.

Maria Hampton, Admin Assistant
Maria Hampton, Admin Assistant

I have been a member of the Gateway Academy-McKee Family since 2006 and I'm the Toddler 1 Teacher. I have my NC Credentials and have been working in early childhood education since 1999. I am also a mentor to new teachers in our toddler program.

Ms. Margaret, Teacher

I received my Early Childhood Education, Lead Teacher Certificate, and Administration 1 & 2 from Wheelock College and I have worked with children for over 30 years. I believe education is best learned through love and exploration. I teach by structure, responsible child independence, and we are constantly praising one another.

The love I have for children and people makes my heart rejoice. I am a proud wife, mother, and grandmother. I engulf myself with family and enjoy their time everyday.

Mr. James, Chef
Mr. James, Chef

I have been a part of the Gateway family since 2005. I am originally from New York and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

In my free time, I like to go to the gym, spend time with my family, and try new restaurants around the Charlotte area. I have two children: Sam and Katelyn.


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3200 McKee Road
Charlotte, NC 28270



Monday - Friday
6:30am - 6:30pm
Recognized as a Cadence Education 
School of Excellence

Recognized as a Cadence Education School of Excellence

McKee, Charlotte, NC