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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We will have our orientation day for all grade level students on Friday, August 7th. Our times for orientation will be for
8:30 am -11:30 pm & 12:30 - 3:30 pm. We will be selling school supplies, agendas, school uniforms, and many more for middle school students. You will be able to pay with check, credit card, or money order. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Last night our NHS held its induction ceremony. We inducted five new members: Aileen Murillo, Leonardo Rodriguez Romero, Jennifer Argueta Blanco, Ana Equihua, & Collins Mokua. We also inducted four new officers: Jesus Velasquez--President, Fariya Fatima--Vice President, Ana Equihua--Secretarian (a combination of Secretary and Historian), & Amani Said--Treasurer.
Please tell them congratulations for this HUGE accomplishment and honor.
"Coby" has died more than 50 times in the past two years. He died one more time for biomedical students from H.S.A. Dallas on May 5th. "Coby" is a human patient simulator at UTSouthwestern Medical Center. He responds to medication, blinks his eyes, raises his chest, and has a pulse. Practicing with "Coby" helped our students not only understand what they learn in BioMedical class, but they also got the opportunity to practice their skills. Our students also visited the Willed Body Lab, and they learned valuable knowledge and techniques by touch and observing real body parts from different donors. This field trip was a great experience!