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-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.
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.