Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current superintendent of Harmony Public Schools, high performing K-12 public charter schools located in Texas with a strong focus on science, technologies, engineering, and math (STEM) providing opportunities for underserved communities. He is the driving force in creating STEM academies with an emphasis on college-readiness and the tracking of performance metrics of its high caliber students.
A luminary in the Charter School Community, his leadership philosophy recognizes the need to develop meaningful partnerships, maintain open collaborative lines of communication, and leverage relationships with high-level corporate, business, civic, legislative and international leaders to advance the mission of Harmony and opportunities for its beneficiaries.
Over his 24 year professional career, Dr. Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. He is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state charter & STEM conferences and has distinguished himself as a results-oriented educator with unrivaled expertise and knowledge in developing and managing innovative charter schools.
Under Dr. Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 36 schools and 20,000 students from throughout the state of Texas, many of which have been recognized as academically competitive schools in the nation. Harmony has received numerous outstanding awards and recognitions including the National Title I Distinguished School Award for closing the achievement gap and a Broad Prize nomination.
Dr. Tarim holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University and is a trained biologist and ecologist. In addition to his background in biological sciences, he has taught many courses in the field of biology, ecology, general science, and physical education at the high school, college and graduate school levels. Dr. Tarim has spearheaded scientific symposiums and international science Olympiads including I-SWEEEP (the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project), the largest science fair event of its kind comprising over 1,000 top-ranked high school students representing 43 states and over 70 nations world-wide presenting and sharing their ideas, experiences, and knowledge to promote maintaining global sustainability. He has also has developed and directed successful after school programs.
Dr. Tarim has published numerous peer reviewed scientific articles, policies, procedures, and guidelines for charter schools in the areas of Admissions, Governance, and Human Resources. He is a certified school board member and school administrator trainer and sits on the Board of Directors of the Region 4 Education Service Center, which is the largest Texas educational service center providing services to 54 school districts representing over 1,000,000 students and more than 83,000 professional educators.
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The following information was sent out via e-mail from the Harmony Public Schools central office. If you did not receive the e-mail about the parent/family communication survey, please read below.
One of the factors that contributes to the success of Harmony Public Schools is our relationship with our students' parents. While we may instruct your children during the day, their intellectual, social and emotional growth continues under your roof. As such, you play a critical role in their success here at Harmony. In an effort build stronger parent/school partnerships, we encourage you to complete this brief survey to help us gauge the effectiveness of our campus' level of communication with you. We ask that if you have children that attend more than one of our campuses, please complete a survey for each campus they attend. Please complete the survey no later than October 28, 2014.
For the English survey, click below:
• Parent-School communications survey
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Uno de los factores que contribuye al exito de las Escuelas Publicas Harmony es la buena relacion con los padres de nuestros estudiantes. Si bien podemos instruir a sus hijos durante el dia, su crecimiento intelectual, social y emocional continua en el hogar. Como tal, usted juega un papel critico en el exito de su hijo aqui en Harmony. En un esfuerzo por construir una fuerte relacion entre Padres-Escuela, le animamos a completar esta breve encuesta para ayudarnos a medir nuestra efectividad como escuela en cuanto a la comunicacion con ustedes. Le pedimos que si usted tiene ninos que asisten a mas de una de nuestras escuelas, por favor complete con toda honestidad y transparencia una encuesta por cada escuela. Por favor complete la encuesta a mas tardar el 28 de octubre 2014.
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• Encuesta de Comunicacion con los Padres