SMITH ISLAND, Md. (AP) — Janet Evans could become a legend.
Not because she’s known to steer a skiff across the channel to work at Ewell School, where she is a teaching principal. Navigating a work or pleasure boat around Tangier Sound is a way of life on Smith Island.
It is not unique, either, that Evans knows the name, age and grade of the children at Ewell School.
All 11 of them.
Ewell School is among the smallest public elementary schools in the state and the nation by enrollment. So small that in 2013, the schoolhouse in the village of Ewell on the offshore Smith Island ranked 919th out of 920 public elementary schools in Maryland — and that was two years ago, when there were 13 students.