Soana Pamaka is is an Advisor to the Board of Teach First NZ. Soana is Principal of Tamaki College, a decile one school located in Glen Innes, Auckland. Soana was educated at Tonga High School and Kaipara College before completing a Bachelor of Arts at The University of Auckland and her teacher education at the then Auckland College of Education. Soana took up an appointment teaching English at Tamaki College in 1991, going on to serve as a Whānau Leader, Head of Department History, and Acting Assistant Principal. In 1998 she was appointed Deputy Principal, a role she undertook until her appointment as Principal in 2006. Soana was the first Tongan principal of a secondary school in New Zealand. Under her tenure as Principal both roll numbers and the academic success of students has steadily increased. As a learning leader Soana readily embraces educational initiatives that will provide opportunities for students to experience further success. Excited by the possibilities that Teach First NZ brings to education in both the short- and long-term, Soana looks forward to being a part of its development. Beyond the college gates Soana has served as a Trustee of the ASB Community Trust, and is a highly respected leader within her local community.