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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On March 28, four HSA-Odessa students traveled to San Antonio to compete in the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair. They were competing against the brightest young scientists in Texas! Taylor Leblanc-Busby, Garrett Peck, Ana Trueba, and Shayna Engdahl worked very hard to make it to this point, and they represented our school well!
Congratulations to Shayna Engdahl for winning the Department of the Army Award! She is the first HSA-Odessa student to win an award at the state level!! Way to go!!
An enormous thank you goes out to every student, parent, and teacher who made this year’s Science Fair activities such a success.
Congratulations to all students who participated in the Panhandle Regional Science Olympiad on March 30th, 2013! Harmony Science Academy participated in the competition with 16 students in two teams. They all worked very hard and represented our school very well.
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We had 16 students who won awards. Please see the award list in the below link. In addition, Harmony Science Academy – Odessa won the 1st Place as a team and advanced to Texas Science Olympiad in College Station.
Our Olympiad Team will all be traveling to College Station on May 2, 2013 to compete against students from around the state at the State Wide Science Olympiad! Congratulations to all of the students on their success!
Special Thanks go to Mr. Han, his team and Students' Parents!!! read more . . .