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Jarman Profile

Wesley V. Jarman Elementary opened its doors on August 21, 1991 to approximately 650 students in grades kindergarten-sixth.  The school was built to relieve crowding at both Darnaby and Andersen Elementary. 

Jarman Elementary is named after former superintendent, Dr. Wesley Jarman, who served Union Public Schools from 1975 until his retirement in 1990. 

Jarman Elementary holds full accreditation status from the State Department of Education in Oklahoma.

25th Anniversary

On May 15, 2017, Jarman celebrated its 25th anniversary. 

“Live up to your potential and seek out your dreams, and always remember that you came from Jarman Elementary School,” retired Jarman Principal, Patti Pitcock, advised students during the anniversary celebration. 

Dr. Wesley Jarman, for whom the school is named, said he continues to admire the school and continues to follow the school's accomplishments.

The special ceremony also paid tribute to the all the teachers who have worked at Jarman over the years.

4 Jarman students are sitting and using pencils to complete assignment

Jarman students are all smiles in the classroom.

Excellence in Teaching

National Board Certified Teachers

  • Jessica Ridge
  • Denise Thomas
  • Paige Bergin
  • Tina Vollmer

National Winner of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching 

  • Paige Bergin - Fifth Grade Math
  • Denise Thomas - Fifth Grade Science

Master Teacher Project Honorees

Paige Bergin

3 boys wearing hats look into the camera

Jarman celebrates students!

Principals

Principal

Shawna Thompson-Graham

Shawna-Thompson

Shawna Thompson-Graham was named principal of Jarman Elementary School in May 2012. She joined Union Public Schools in 2011, first serving as an administrative intern for Roy Clark Elementary School.

In 2003, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Oklahoma. She returned to the University of Oklahoma in Tulsa where she earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2007.

Before coming to Union, she taught 5th and 6th grades for seven years at Jenks Public Schools. During that time, she served on numerous committees, including leadership, curriculum, and research. In 2008 and 2010, she traveled to China, helping to establish a relationship with a sister school in Nanxi and serving as one of the first teachers in an exchange program. Additionally, in 2010-2011, Thompson was named site Teacher of the Year.

In the spring of 2015, she was honored with the University of Oklahoma’s Young Educator Award. She loves being a part of the Jarman community and Union School District and looks forward to serving her school community for many years to come. She and her husband, Antonio, are the proud parents of Tatum, also a Jarman Patriot, and Zachary.   

Assistant Principal

Alli Blankenship

Alli-Blankenship

Alli Blankenship was named assistant principal intern for Jarman Elementary in 2021. She was named assistant principal in 2022.

Blankenship joined Union Public Schools in 2018, serving as a teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary. Prior to joining Union, she was a teacher for Broken Arrow Public Schools, serving from 2013 until 2018. While at Union, Blankenship has worked on social committees, United Way, Leader in Me and Leadership Cadres initiatives, as well as Tulsa Changemakers.

Blankenship earned her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in early childhood education from the University of Oklahoma in 2012, and returned to earn her master’s degree in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from OU in 2015.

Jarman In Photos

Scott McCrary with Jarman students in the front office
Jarman students walking
Jarman kids gather for group photo, flex their arms
Jarman P.E. teacher ties boy's shoe
Jarman girls work on assignment, look at camera
outside entrance to Jarman Elementary
2 boys and girl sit on bench in front of Jarman. Sign says You just can't hide that patriot pride
2 Jarman girls by words: Today a Reader; Tomorrow a Reader
exterior view of Jarman Elementary's front entrance
Jarman Community Schools Coordinator hugs student in front of school.
Jarman students walk across parking lot in front of school.
Jarman Principal Shawna Thompson throws a U in the dunk tank with her head under the water.
Jarman Elementary School sign
Jarman girl and mom wait outside for school to start
Man plays holds rope against a bunch of students in tug-of-war game