Marada Adams and the Shailer School

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Marada Adams and the Shailer School

(former, Munjoy Commons)

56-58 North Street

Marada Adams (1845-1938) taught on Munjoy Hill for 50 of her 72 years as a teacher. She was the principal of the Shailer School (built in 1880-81 and now cooperative housing) until she became the first principal of the new Emerson Grammar School at 13 Emerson Street in 1898 (part of Munjoy Commons), where she taught until she retired in 1935. Born in a log cabin in Aroostook County, she began teaching when she was 16 in the front room of the frame house that replaced the cabin. She introduced art to several students who later became professional artists. During her travels in Europe, she brought back statuary and paintings to decorate the school. The former Marada Adams School on Moody Street, now Adams Condominium, was named for her.