Anne was the original schoolmarm of Fenelon Falls. Her early teaching took place in her home — often with only 2-3 students in attendance. They were the settlers’ children. Anne was as generous as she was humble and, on occasion, a little critical also.
I go on in the humdrum old-fashioned way, teaching just reading and writing…. I am quite sensible that the instruction I give goes a very small way indeed towards complete education… I by no means charge myself with the whole education but am willing to give a little assistance such as may be in my power. I have been again trying to drive a little intelligence into the untutored children of the forest.