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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As one of the representing teams from the US, Harmony School of Advancement Robotics Team "Mohawk Warriors" participated in INFOMATRIX International Project Competition, in Hardware Control Category. The Competition was held in Bucharest, Romania. There were total of 45 countries present, 254 different projects were displayed and presented to the jury.
MoHawk Warriors participated with their "UNDERWATER RESEARCH and PIPELINE INSPECTION ROV" project.
Our students were awarded with gold medal as the winners of the competition in Hardware Control Category over 40 projects.
HOUSTON, TX – The world’s largest science fair is going on downtown this weekend. More than 600 high school students from around the world have converged on the George R. Brown to show the world their greatest creations and wouldn’t you know it, a school from right here in Houston is leading the charge.
“This is my fourth year in it and we’ve been pretty successful,” says Ali Batayneh of Harmony School of Advancement in Houston.
The team from Harmony isn’t messing around at this year’s show, taking no prisoners at the robotics competition.
“They give us a list of materials and they say you can use this, this and this and the rest is up to us,” Ali explains.
The team designed remote-controlled robots able to pick up objects and manipulate them almost as keenly as the mars rover. But they didn’t stop there, the team also designed a fully functional submersible to their arsenal of gadgets at this year’s show.
“There’s so many times when you put it in the water and it doesn’t work so when you’re finally able to get it functioning, it is very fulfilling,” says Jhaelon Edwards.
Fulfilling also is the experience for these kids to meet science head-on. read more . . .