History – Jarman celebrates 25 years!
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.
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. Three of those teachers – Denise Thomas, Sheri Tallman and Michelle Adams - have continued to teach at Jarman since it opened in 1992, and were honored on May 15, 2017.
Excellence in Teaching
National Board Certified Teachers
National Winner of Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Master Teacher Project Honorees
Shawna 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 being a part of the Jarman community and cherishes the relationships she has made with the students, staff, and families as principal.
Alli Blankenship was named assistant principal intern for Jarman Elementary in 2021.
Blankenship previously served as a teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary since 2018, and was a teacher at Broken Arrow Public School from 2013 until 2018. While at Union, Blankenship 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 2015 and her master’s degree in educational administration, curriculum and supervision from OU in 2015.