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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Dear Families and Students for Academic Year 2015-2016: The form below will be our Pathways/LOTE Selection form for next academic year. Each of our 5 electives Pathways corresponds to an Endorsement which students may choose (per the law, Texas House Bill 5). All questions should be addressed to any of our Guidance Counselors.
Pathways-and-LOTE Selection form 2015-2016
As a reminder, our 8th Graders' Pathways Fair (so they can choose their Electives and LOTE classes for their 9th grade year in 2015-2016) will be Friday, April 03, 2015. All 8th graders will visit the High School; their families are welcome!
CHARTER REVOLUTION RALLY at the CAPITOL
Parents, teachers, school leaders, alumni, community advocates & business leaders:
11 a.m. 2 p.m. Wednesday, APRIL 29, 2015
on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol
~Public Charter School students deserve equal funding and wait-list students shouldnt miss out on a great education.~
Speak to your school about your desire to get involved and sign up to learn more here.
SPEAK OUT-RAISE YOUR VOICE-TELL YOUR STORY
202,972 Public school students depend on charter schools
105,000 Texas students on wait lists to attend public charter schools
Public charter school students thrive academically
$1,000 less per student in Texas public charter schools
No funding for public charter school facilities
No access to unused public school buildings
Leased school buildings not tax-exempt