Dr. Soner Tarim is a founding member and current CEO 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. Soner Tarim 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, Soner Tarim’s 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 27 year professional career, Dr. Soner Tarim has developed innovative educational programs geared to K-12 schools. Soner Tarim is highly sought after as a consultant and as a speaker in state & 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. Soner Tarim's leadership, Harmony has grown to 46 schools and 30,500 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. Soner 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. Soner 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. Soner Tarim 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 serves on several boards including the Texas Charter School Association, Texans for Quality Public Charter Schools, and Family Services of Greater Houston.