Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jana Thomas and Mr. Aaron Vandewarker

Dear Turman Families,
I am looking forward to returning for the 2021-2022 school year as the principal at Turman Elementary School. My name is Jana Thomas, and this will be my 18th year working for Harrison School District #2. I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and my master’s degree from Argosy University out of Denver. I spent twelve years as a classroom teacher, teaching all grades K-5. I was also a literacy coach for two years before moving into administration.

I am originally from western Nebraska but have lived in Colorado for over twenty years with my husband. We have two daughters and one granddaughter. As a family, we enjoy camping, hiking, and playing board games. I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and gardening when time allows.

I have loved being at Turman for the past four years working with the amazing staff and getting to know all the wonderful students and families. I am excited for the opportunity to meet the needs of our students and families as we continue to build meaningful relationships and give students the strong start they need to be successful with wherever life may take them.

Jana Thomas, Principal


Hello Turman Families,
The 2021-2022 school year will be my 17th year in education. I have held positions as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, general education classroom teacher, and administrator. This is my fourth year as Assistant Principal at Turman Elementary school and I am fortunate to serve with such a dedicated and talented staff. 

I graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biblical Studies. My licensure for teaching was completed through UCCS and I completed my MA degree through the University of Kansas, Lawrence. I was born and raised in southern California but have lived in Colorado Springs since 2002. My wife of 10 years is a Colorado native, former 4th-grade teacher, and currently substitute teaches. Our daughter will be going into 6th grade this coming year.

We enjoy bike rides, hikes, reading, playing at the park, and family road trips. I am thankful for the Harrison community and the compassion and dedication to serving our kiddos!!

Aaron Vandewarker, Assistant Principal