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A Brief History of Prominent Zonta Member:
Karen Mitchell, Club of Auckland North Shore

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Academic Qualifications: 
MEd Admin – 2006
MSc – 1981
Diploma of Teaching – 1981
International Coaching Accreditation – 2014

Professional Experience:
Associate Principal Carmel College Deputy Principal  2013-present
Assistant Principal and HOD Science  2005-2013
HOD Science   1993-1998
A number of facilitation, reference group and moderation roles with NZQA, MoE and NZTC  1993-present

Governance Experience: 
Executive member of Auckland Deputy and Assistant Principals Association  2004-present
Executive member of National Deputy and Assistant Principals Association  2014-present
Member of the St George’s Church Parish Council  2004-present
Zonta D16 Z Club Chairperson  2014-present
Board member of Zonta North Shore  2007-2014
President of Zonta North Shore  2012-2013
Chairperson of the Forrest Hill School Board of Trustees  1997-1999
Member of the Forrest Hill School Board of Trustees  1994-1999

I am a second generation New Zealander. I was born and educated in Auckland and have lived here all my life. I am married to Des and we have one daughter, Katherine, also a Zontian. I like to spend my time with family and friends, read, work out at the Gym, advocate on social justice issues and explore Auckland and the other places we travel to.

In my professional life I am the Associate Principal at Carmel College, a Catholic Girls School in Auckland. I have been actively engaged in Education for over 30 years and I have a passion for learning and serving others. Most importantly I believe that we should use our talents to “do the right thing” rather than “do things right”.

I am committed to educating girls, particularly in the physical sciences. I was a member of the Feminist Teachers Association, Equals Science and Women in Science and Education. I strongly believe in single sex education, love the challenge of learning and the demand of change, and hope that my enthusiasm for both is communicated to my students and my colleagues.

I enjoy the synergy between my work as an educator and the mission of Zonta International to “Empower women through service and advocacy”. Like Rabbi Soloveitchik I believe that we need to “build a legacy for future generations by committing to something bigger than ourselves, to do small ordinary things extraordinarily well and to reshape the world through working together”.