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Alternative education projects
Tracy Watson

Tracy Watson

Prior to Engaging Potential (EP) Tracy worked in the charity sector specialising in education, employment and training. Co-founding EP in 2008 she oversees all aspects of the organisation and is responsible for its continuing development and ensuring it supports young people to meet their potential. When not at work Tracy enjoys spending time with family and friends, getting outdoors, cooking and feeding her travel bug.

Paul Blount

Paul Blount

After working to become an area manager after 25 years in the Youth Service, Paul joined Engaging Potential in January 2014 as Centre Manager. His role involves the day to day running of the school and ensuring that any issues that students face are addressed effectively and efficiently. As well as this, Paul formulates the timetable for students and liaises with a range of activity and service providers to deliver an engaging, challenging and evolving programme of learning for each young person. When not at work, Paul enjoys family time, trips to London, the theatre, cinema, swimming, cycling and holidays in Devon, France and the USA. He is also a keen film maker and enjoys cooking too.

Jenna Macklin

Jenna joined EP in November 2017 as Lead Teacher and has over 10 years experience in mainstream schools and FE colleges across Berkshire and Essex. Jenna particularly enjoys teaching Geography, Literacy, Citizenship and PSHE and working with young people who have special educational needs. She gained her Masters degree in Geography Education from UCL in 2011 with a special focus on improving geographical learning experiences for students with Dyslexia. In her spare time Jenna enjoys spending time with family and friends and has particular interests in films, photography, cooking and travel.

Chris Smith

Prior to joining Engaging Potential Chris has a background of working in social inclusion projects using predominantly sport and leisure based activities to engage with young people, ultimately with the aim to distract participants from partaking in risky behaviour. These activities were used to find out the young people’s interests and help them pursue their future aspirations in terms of gaining formal qualifications, volunteering opportunities or work experience. In his spare time Chris enjoys playing and watching sports in particular football, reading and socialising with friends.

Lyn Cook

Lyn joined EP in February 2016 as a learning support mentor and has been promoted to an unqualified teacher. She has worked in Education in a variety of roles, including Teaching Assistant, Exams Officer and Assistant SENco. Being ELSA qualified Lyn is experienced with working with young people with individual needs. Lyn spends her spare time doing family orientated activities.

Laura Mills

During the past 13 years Laura has worked in a variety of educational settings including both Multi-National and British Forces Schools throughout Europe. Prior to joining Engaging Potential, Laura spent 5 years working as a 1:1 Educational Support Worker within a residential school for young adults on the Autistic Spectrum. In her spare time Laura enjoys up-cycling furniture, sewing and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Lisa Greenaway

Lisa joined EP in 2015 as a Learning Support Mentor - supporting both the educational and mentoring teams. Lisa has been working with young people whom have special educational needs for the past nine years, within mainstream schools. She has just completed an Advanced Creative Writing with the Open University, and completed a BA (Hons) Open degree. In her spare time Lisa keeps lots of reptiles and enjoys spending time with her family, socialising with friends and reading.

Elaine Robbins

Elaine joined EP in Feb 2017 and has 18 years’ experience working with children of all ages, in various childcare settings. In the evenings and at the weekend Elaine spends time with her husband and 3 children, Elaine also enjoys socialising with friends and horse riding.

Nin Dulai

Nin Dulai

Nin has had a 15 year career in Retail banking, working in various branches across Berkshire and Hampshire. Over the last few years she has set up a Consultancy business with her husband as well her cooking business, Nin’s Kitchen. Nin has joined EP as an Administrator and Exams officer. She has a passion for food and travel and enjoys Tae Kwon Do with her family.