Among these, New England “schoolmarms” and schoolmasters have played an active part, and several were from time to time arrested.
Still, if I were recruiting for schoolmarms, I should come here.
schoolmarms and masters did not always teach for sweet charitys sake.
The family are all coming home, and the two Folger girls—the schoolmarms—will be here from Nantucket.
also school-marm, "female school teacher," 1834, American English colloquial, in countrified humor writing of "Major Jack Downing" of Maine (Seba Smith); variant of school-ma'am (1828), American English, from school (n.1) + ma'am. See R. Used figuratively from 1887 in reference to patronizing and priggish instruction.