Meet The Team
Our team is handpicked, for not only their extensive qualifications, but also for their personal qualities and belief in our ethos and teaching methods. We interview many people, but, will only appoint staff who have an absolute passion to work with children, those who will go ‘above and beyond’ in pursuit of excellence in any sphere.
Mr Mark Whelan (or Mr Mark as everyone calls him) is one of the Directors and the Bursar at St George's. Please see him if you have an invoice / financial question. Mr Mark also drives the minibus, collecting children in the morning, taking them home after school and taking classes out on visits.
Mr Mark has a Forest School Practitioner Level 3 qualification and an EFAW Paediatric First Aid Certificate
"I come from a military background, having spent the majority of my childhood growing up in Cyprus and enjoying a very 'outdoors' lifestyle. The opportunities I had in my formative years had a significant influence on my life. As such, I want to afford as many children in our care the same experiences I was fortunate enough to participate in whilst growing up."
My main passion is Forest School and ensuring it remains true to its roots. Children need the freedom to be able to engage with the natural world in whatever way they feel comfortable. Whether it be lighting a fire, whittling a stick or quietly reflecting under the shade of a tree. We need to ensure that children have the opportunity to take risks, get dirty and explore their own limits in a safe, supportive environment.
I am incredibly proud of our little school and everything our team has achieved and would be delighted to welcome you to experience everything our pupils enjoy on a daily basis."
Mrs Sarah Whelan is the second director and also the Head Teacher at St George’s. She oversees the teaching, learning and assessment in school. In addition, she is the school SENDCO Behaviour Management, MFL and Art Co-ordinator.
Mrs Whelan has a B.Ed(Hons)degree in Education and French, as well as EYPS(Early Years Professional Status). She also holds an EFAW Paediatric First Aid certificate.
"Since qualifying as a teacher in 1988, I have taught the whole primary age range, both here and abroad, in State and Independent schools. Mark and I have also owned and managed a 99 place day nursery; I have also worked as an Early Years Advisor for the county- this gave me a thorough understanding of children's learning and development as well as a wide variety of pedagogical approaches from around the world.
I am passionate about children learning through real-life, hands-on experiences, using the great outdoors as a natural classroom. As a family-friendly school, my door is always open. No problem is too big or too small - I'm always happy to chat to parents. I hope to meet you soon and welcome you to our very special school.
Mark and I have three children - 2 daughters (aged 22 and 19) at University and a son aged 15. In my spare time, I love photography, particularly of equestrian sports. I enjoy watching Alex play rugby each Sunday and there's nothing better than a trip to my local coffee shop!"
Foundation Stage and Lower School
Miss Katie Dunham is our Pre-School Room Manager. She oversees the planning, activities and everything else which happens in Pre-School. Miss Dunham holds an NVQ Level 3 Certificate and Paediatric First Aid. She is also the key person for some children within Little Dragons.
"You will find me playing in FS1. I hold a level 3 diploma in Childcare and have been working here in Little Dragons since 2011.
I adore working with children and love nothing more than supporting them to explore and develop their inquisitive minds. I believe it’s important to understand that every child develops in different ways and I love adapting, planning and providing so many exciting new opportunities for the children to experience.
I have two very cheeky little nephews who I enjoy spending quality time with. I also like to travel to new places and socialise with friends."
Miss Zoe Cook is our FS2 teacher. She teaches children in their first year of school. Miss Cook is Head of Lower School and our Early Years Co-ordinator. She oversees all of the planning, development and learning of our children in FS1, FS2, year 1 and year 2. Miss Cook is also a qualified Forest School practitioner.
"In today’s society everyone’s lives are busy, so firstly, thank you for taking time to read this! I have worked with children full time since 2001, working initially as an NNEB qualified Teaching Assistant. Over the years I have gained many qualifications and attended a variety of courses all related to children’s learning and development, because I love to understand the children I work with! During this time I have also worked in a variety of settings, from a large state primary school near Lincoln to a private Early Years Centre based on a working farm. After joining St. George’s Preparatory School in 2015 I have felt lucky to be part of the school, because our school really does have a family feel.
I am passionate about providing children in Early Years with the start they deserve and are entitled to, which based on all my learning, is through play! Another area I am passionate about is Forest School. As a qualified Forest School Leader I understand and believe in the Forest School ethos, particularly as a motivator for Personal, Social and Emotional development.
On a more personal note, I enjoy a variety of interests; reading, gardening, archery, swimming and cycling. I am eager to draw upon these interests with the children if or when they arise during our ‘planning in the moment’ approach.
Miss Kara Cartwright is our fabulous trainee teaching assistant. She also has a secret superpower!
"Hello everyone! My name is Miss Cartwright and I work in Little Dragons St George’s Prep.
Last year I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a Sport Coaching degree. You might already know my sport as I coach some of the children outside of school. It’s Gymnastics! So far I have gained 3 qualifications and achieved the role as Head of Recreational classes at TJ Gymnastics Academy. My qualifications include Women’s Artistic, General and Tumbling. I am passionate about helping children grow, learn and positively achieve their goals while having fun! In both Boston and Sheffield I have completed work experience, placements and assisted sporting activities in different schools. This has therefore inspired me to progress in a school environment and I am grateful to be part of the team at St George’s Prep."
Miss Emily Dodds has just returned from from Maternity Leave (November 2021). She is an experienced HLTA, working in our year 1 class on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She holds a (BA Hons). Miss Dodds is a trained dance teacher and holds a Paediatric First Aid certificate.
"Hello, my name is Miss Dodds andI have been an Early Years Teaching Assistant at St. George’s Preparatory since 2016. I am also a qualified Dance Teacher with the International Dance Teachers Association and taught Dance for six years before starting my journey in a school environment. I recently gained my BA Hons in Early Childcare Studies and one day in the near future, I wish to do my Teacher Training and become a teacher specialising in the Early Years. In my spare time I like to socialise with friends and family and enjoy life to the full."
Miss Laura Austin is our Year 1 teacher and Safeguarding Lead. She also co-ordinates RE and RSE. Miss Austin started at St George's Prep in September 2020 and has a wealth of experience in both the State and Independent sectors, having helped to set up a school from scratch.
"I’m Miss Austin, the Year 1 teacher at St George’s Prep School. I have been teaching since 2010 and have worked in a variety of settings, from large state schools in cities to smaller independent schools. I love being a teacher - I aim to provide children with an exciting and engaging education, based on their individual needs and interests. It is such a privilege to guide and support children through their learning journeys and there is nothing quite as special as seeing a child master a new skill for the first time! Outside of school I enjoy exploring - I am quite new to Lincolnshire so I am relishing the opportunity to discover lots of new and wonderful places. I grew up in North Wales so when I can I visit my family - my favourite place to be is the beaches of Anglesey! I live with my partner (who is also a teacher) and our cat - one day I hope to have a dog too! I look forward to meeting you all and being a part of the St George’s team."
Miss Kayleigh Kenworthy works alongside Miss Cook in FS2 (reception class). She holds a Level 3 qualification as well as Paediatric First Aid. Miss Kenworthy also supports children who require speech and language interventions.
"My name is Miss Kenworthy and I am based in Willow Class. I have always wanted to work with children and I find it a very rewarding job as I am able to nurture each child as they continuously grow and develop in many different ways throughout their early years.
In my spare time I like to spend quality time with family and friends. I also enjoy getting out and about for long walks as there is nothing like having fresh air in your lungs. "
Mr Michael Elliott COMING SOON!
Mr John Love is our Year 3 class teacher. He is responsible for co-ordinating the teaching and assessment of Maths across the school. This term, Mr Love is running our very popular after school chess club.
"I am currently in my fourth year of teaching at Saint Georges where I have had the pleasure of teaching years five, six and two. What I most enjoy about St. George's is the ability to follow the interests of the children and the emphasis on the children engaging with the issues of the day, through PHSE and philosophy and the chance to discuss current affairs.
Outside school, I like to travel and keep chickens and bees in a wildlife friendly back garden as well as spending time with my wife and three children. I also volunteer as a Watch leader with the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust."
Mrs Gemma Hodgson is the Year 4 class teacher. She is an experienced teacher and is responsible for the teaching and assessment of Science across the school.
“At the age of five, I declared to the world that I wanted to be a teacher and I’m so lucky to be living my dream! I’m very passionate about education and believe, that even for adults, every day is a school day. I am very excited to be joining the St. George’s family and within my lessons, aim to create a learning environment in which children are happy, have high aspirations and can make positive progress in a style that complements their individual needs and interests. I pride myself on being creative, so don’t be surprised to see paints being used in an English lesson, hearing my class burst into song in a Maths lesson or designing and sculpting in a Geography lesson! In addition to this, I’m really eager to use the wonderful school grounds and Farm School across the curriculum!
Outside of school, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, visiting new places and have a strong interest in beekeeping. One of my favourite places to visit is the children’s section of a book shop as I enjoy the stories, the illustrations and making links to how I can use these valuable resources in the classroom.”
Dr Leon Hockham is the class teacher of Year 5. He is responsible for co-ordinating the teaching of Geography, History and PE across the school. He helps to pick and coach our sports teams and also runs the after school cross-country club.
"I have a wealth of teaching experience from KS1, through to postgraduate level. I settled on teaching primary aged children, because ‘they make me forget myself’. I have always been enthusiastic about learning and education, in general. I believe that it is a basic human right to have a high-quality education. This is why I work hard to make sure that I instil a lifelong love of learning into the children that I come into contact with. I endeavour to make learning both active and fun."
Ms Claire Jackson is our Year 6 class teacher. She also co-ordinates the teaching of English, operates a paired reading scheme across the school and leads special days such as World Book Day or Roald Dahl Day.
Ms Jackson has a BA(Hons) degree with QTS. She also holds an EFAW Paediatric First Aid certificate.
"I’m Ms Jackson, Year 6 teacher and English Subject Lead. I’ve been a teacher for 10 glorious years and pride myself on being enthusiastic and attentive to children's ideas and interests. Before turning to teaching, I worked for Random House, the publishing company. It was a glamorous life, doing PR for high profile authors so yes I have met lots of famous celebs. My passion for books is still with me and I pride myself on being able to enthuse and inspire little people. A day in my classroom can be noisy, messy and unpredictable but it’s never dull!"
Miss Natasha Berg is an Apprentice Teaching Assistant who works with Upper Key Stage 2.
"Hello, my name is Miss Berg. I am a new member of staff at St George’s and I am so excited about getting involved in school life, especially Forest School and PE lessons. I will be studying at Boston College (Level 3 Teaching Assistant), alongside working at St George’s.
I am a very active person who enjoys all sports and being in the outdoors. My best friend is my big German Shepherd, Zeus, and we enjoy wonderful walks together. "
Miss Rebecca Doggett works in the Upper School. Sometimes she supports on a one to one basis and at other times she takes small groups. She been been busy completing online training and was recently awarded the Early Years SENCO qualification.
Mrs Katy Coupland is an HLTA (Higher Level Teaching Assistant) and works with children and groups from Year 2-Year 6. She supports some individual children and works with small groups, as well as the whole class on occasions.
"My name is Katy Jeffery and I joined the St. George's team in January 2019. My biggest accomplishment so far was moving to America to be an Au Pair when I was 18, before becoming a nanny until I started my Teaching Assistant journey. When I'm not at work you can find me making memories with my family, getting creative, travelling (celebrity spotting comes into that) and I love a spot of afternoon tea!"
Mrs Leanne Jackson is our Operations Manager. This website isn't big enough to list all of her roles, but if you visit school she is usually the first person you will meet!
"I'm married to Ben and have two sons, one who still attends St. George's Prep. Most of my spare time is spent standing on the side of a football pitch, cheering on my boys! Other than that, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, shopping, eating out and going on family holidays."
Mr Craig Dempster
Mr Dempster is one of the children's favourite people in school. He is our wonderful chef who provides children with enough 'fuel' to power through each exciting day at school. Mr Dempster sources the best products, using local farmers and butchers and serves children with a variety of dishes, using a four week rolling menu. Meals and fruit snacks are beautifully presented and encourage most children to eat well.
We currently cater for children with dietary requirements - both cultural and medical. We also provide meals for vegetarians and pescatarians. Parents are able to provide a packed lunch for their child should they prefer to do so.
"After studying Business Studies and Accounts in Lincoln, I went to Keswick to work for an outdoor adventure company. An entire summer was spent cooking in a tent for over 200 guests and staff - it has left a mark on myself, so much that I have never stepped foot inside another tent since 2002! I have managed a few award winning kitchens across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Stamford areas, my highlight being winning the multi regional best pub and being shortlisted for a national award.
Nearly 20 years later, it seems that my catering career has gone full circle. Now I am cooking for the pupils of St George's, providing balanced meals and nutrients for them to learn, play and grow. Thankfully there's no tent in sight!"
Mr Paul Dunmore is our Groundsman. He works early in the morning to make sure that the school environment is clean and tidy. He loves to say hello, so do stop and compliment him on his work!
Mrs Lisa Coe visits school on Tuesdays. She is our piano teacher. Some of our children take the ABRSM exams and have been very successful. Mrs Coe also holds a Tuesday morning singing practice with the whole school. Please ask at the office if you would like to add your child to the waiting list.