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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PUBLIC VISIT DAY
We anticipate about 3000 visitors from Houston area public schools to attend the Public Day Event on Friday, May 2nd. There will be many different programs and activities for the visitors such as: Visiting Science Fair Projects, Participating STEM Demonstrations, watching Discovery Dome Movies, Watching Robotics Competitions and Chemistry Road Show.
STEM Expo and Harmony VEX IQ Robotics
There will be about 100+ Physics, Chemistry & Math demonstrations, as well as a Robotics demonstration for visitors to during the Public Day Event. Here, middle school students will be able to watch a robotics competition as well as Harmony High School students demonstrating basic Physics & Chemistry principles. Please remember that while we know you are interested in viewing these presentations as well. It is very important that you remain at your booths so that visitors are able to gain the knowledge and excitement you have to share.
Chemistry Road Show
During the Chemistry Road Show, there will be explosions throughout the day. This is normal. There are individuals from the fire department on hand to help if anything unexpected happens! If you are interested in viewing the excitement please feel free to step away from your booth for a few minutes. However, we ask that you not be away from your booth for extended periods of time. This will ensure that you are able to share your experiences with as many visitors as possible! read more . . .
Applications are now available for paid and unpaid summer opportunities that place North Texas high school and college-aged students in internships with local businesses. The Carter Future Leaders Program introduces students to careers in the fields of their interest and provides mandatory enrichment workshops.
Applicants must live or attend school in House District 102, have high academic achievement, and be an incoming High School Senior, College Freshmen or College Sophomore prior to the June 2013 start of the program or by Fall 2013.
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