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Welcome to Wesley V. Jarman Elementary School, home of the Jarman Patriots!

We envision a school community where students feel safe and cared for in order to develop to their fullest potential.  Students are encouraged to believe they can positively impact and contribute to the world around them.  With the support and guidance of family, teachers, staff and community, students are empowered with academic and social skills to become responsible, respectful citizens and life-long learners.

Wesley V. Jarman Elementary School
9015 East 79th Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma  74133

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Hours - Monday-Thursday: 8:25 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. / Friday: 8:50 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Main Phone: 918-357-4335
Fax: 918-357-8999

Principal Shawna Thompson

Administrative Intern Michelle Naylor
Counselor Carrie Combs 918-357-8981
Contact School Nurse

Union Schools
1-855-4ALERT1, ext. 1221



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 North Central Association and the State Department of Education in Oklahoma.

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Our staff is eager to develop young people who have a hunger for learning and healthy living.  Working with and through our school community and our tremendous PTA and community partners, we are proud to offer a well-balanced curriculum and myriad of activities for our students and their families.

Balanced Literacy

Union SchoolsBalanced Literacy includes the Reading, Writing, and Word Study components of instruction. Students are challenged to become strong readers, writers, and thinkers as they encounter a variety of literacy experiences. Teachers model the use of reading and writing strategies using authentic literature during whole group instruction. Students’ reading comprehension and writing proficiency improve as they use these strategies in their independent reading and writing times. As students spend time reading and writing, teachers meet with small groups and individual students to provide support, teach strategies, and assess progress in reading and writing.

In word study, students learn to spell by practicing word patterns, word families, and word meaning on their appropriate spelling level. Spelling levels are determined by individual spelling assessments. 

Everyday Math

The purpose of mathematics instruction at Jarman Elementary is to teach students how to become mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. The Everyday Math program encourages children to understand why math is important and how they reach their answers using a number of different problem solving methods.  Students frequently work together in small groups to engage in problem solving and real-world math application scenarios.

Social Studies

Students are challenged to think about the world around them in ways that make them excited to learn. Students are actively engaged in their Social Studies learning as they participate in hands-on activities, technology infused lessons, and multi-faceted learning experiences that lead to step-by-step discovery. Students don't just learn Social Studies - they experience it.


Students are given opportunities to take an active part in the scientific method through observing, questioning, measuring, discussing, and learning together in the exciting process of science investigations. Students are able to explore the world around them and make conclusions about their observations through hands on, inquiry based science exploration. The students learn in a collaborative environment, where they work together in groups and share their ideas.

Art, Music, & P.E.

Art, music and physical education are valuable aspects of education at Jarman. Students attend these classes on a three day rotation schedule. The music class at Jarman is a part of the Orff instrument program, and our students are given opportunities to try out a variety of instruments in music class.

Media Center & Technology Lab

Union SchoolsA full-time media specialist works hard to ensure that students are able to access grade level books that interest them. Classroom teachers and media specialist collaborate to conduct classroom research projects, host author visits, and teach library and resource skills. Students are able to participate in the Sequoyah book club in which the students read through a book list of Sequoyah award winning books.

Jarman provides a number of different technology resources for students. Students from our pre-kindergarten classes through the fifth grade utilize the 30-station, touch-screen computer lab as well as student computers located in each classroom. Teachers are able to check out a class set of lap tops to provide for students during in-class research projects. SMART boards in each classroom are used to make learning as interactive and hands-on as possible.

Character Counts

Jarman Elementary has incorporated the Character Counts program into its educational curriculum in an effort to encourage the development of moral character in students. The Character Counts program is based on six core character values. A new character trait is introduced each month. The Character Counts traits are Respect, Responsibility, Caring, Trustworthiness, Fairness and Citizenship. Each month, students who consistently demonstrate these core values are acknowledged with a character award in a school-wide Character assembly.


Union SchoolsJarman has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) that works closely with school administration and teachers to promote a positive school experience for all students. Some of the highlights of the school year are the Family Fun Night, Book Fair, Bingo Night, and Jog-A-Thon. Jarman families and staff come together to enjoy fun events while working to raise funds for classroom materials and projects.  

There are many ways that parents and family members can volunteer and support the students at Jarman. Opportunities may include sharing your talents, attending PTA events, assisting with Pizza Days, Reflections, Test Monitoring, Classroom Projects, Book Fair, Jog-a-Thon, Family Fun Night, and more! We love our volunteers!

School Community Events

  • New Student Orientation (“Meet Your Teacher” Event)
  • Curriculum Night
  • Family Fun Nights
  • Literacy Night & Math Night
  • Book Fair
  • Annual School Jog-a-Thon
  • Super Kids Day

Student Activities

  • Patriot Pride Choir
  • 5th Grade Honor Choir
  • Junior Achievement
  • Exchange City
  • YouthArts! – each spring during the month of April
  • PTA Reflections
  • Cheerleading and Spirit Squads – through Union Public Schools
  • All sports sponsored by the Union Public Schools Athletic Department – flag football, basketball, tennis, swimming, golf, etc.
  • Boy Scout/Girl Scout/Camp Fire Groups

 Excellence in Teaching

National Board Certified Teachers

  • Wanda Gatlin
  • Sheri Tallman
  • Sharon Ellis
  • Denise Thomas
  • Dixie Tate
  • Ann Sinning
  • Paige Bergin
  • Michelle Naylor

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

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

Master Teacher Project Honorees

  • Paige Bergin

Principal Biography

Shawna ThompsonShawna Thompson

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.

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

Thompson comes to Union from Jenks Public Schools, where she taught in both the fifth and sixth grades for seven years. During that time, she served on numerous committees, including leadership, curriculum, and research. Thompson also worked with Jenks Community Education as a Quantum Learning parent and child class instructor for two years. In 2008, Thompson traveled to China, where she helped establish a relationship with a sister school in Nanxi. She returned to China in 2010 to teach English for two months. Additionally, in 2010-2011, Thompson was named site Teacher of the Year.

Thompson loves spending time with her friends and family, which includes her husband, Michael, stepson, Kandon, and new baby girl, Tatum. She also enjoys her dog, Gretchen. Thompson loves being a part of the Jarman community and cherishes the relationships she has made with the students, staff, and families this past year as principal.

Michelle Naylor Michelle Naylor was named administrative intern for Jarman Elementary School in the spring of 2013. She previously served as a long-time teacher for Union for grades 4-6, coming to Jarman from Andersen. She has been with Union since 1981. She worked at Coweta Public Schools from 1977 to 1981.

She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and her master’s degree in education from Northeastern State University. She received principal certification from NSU as well. During her tenure at union, she has served in a number of leadership capacities for professional development including a building-level trainer and mentor. She has been twice Nationally Board Certified.