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ckmeriaolcom | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2008 at 10:24 AM via web

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Who is Scout's first grade teacher? Describe the appearance and behavior of Scout's first grade teacher in "To Kill a Mockingbird".

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM (Answer #1)

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"Miss Caroline Fisher," Scout's first-grade teacher who is a newcomer to Maycomb. She misunderstands the social order of Maycomb and punishes Scout for trying to explain it. She also comes into conflict with Scout because of the girl's reading ability.  Basically she is a new, naive, insensitive, simple minded teacher who thinks she knows it all. On page 22 Scout says, " Miss Caroline was no more than twenty-one. She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish. She also wore high-heeled pumps and a red-and-white-striped dress.  She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop." She was from "North Alabama, from Winston County."

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted December 31, 2014 at 6:04 AM (Answer #2)

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She is not more than 21 and has auburn hair. She had pink cheeks and crimson red nail polish and she wore high heels pumps and a red white striped dress. She also looked and smelled like a peppermint drop. She has an issue with Scout because Scout knows how to read and she believes that Scout should not know this already. 

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted February 22, 2015 at 7:05 PM (Answer #3)

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Scout has a hard time on her first day of school. She was so excited about starting school, but when she has her first day, she decides that she doesn't want to go back. Scout and her teacher clash right away. Miss. Caroline Fisher was the new first grade teacher. She had her own ideas on how to teach. She tells Scout that Atticus can't teach her anymore and that it is her job to teach her. Scout describes her in the following way:

"Miss. Caroline was no more than twenty-one. She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks, and wore crimson fingernail polish. She also wore high-heeled pumps and a red-and-white striped dress. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop."

Miss. Caroline was from North Alabama in Winston County. She was new to Maybomb and didn't realize the way thins worked in a small town like this one. Scout tries to help her out by telling her the way things were in town, but Scout gets in trouble for doing so. The fact of the matter is that Miss. Caroline was really naive about things in Maycomb. She was a very young teacher and this was probably her first year teaching. She is thrown into a classroom full of rambunctious first graders. Scout was really trying to help Miss. Caroline out, but Miss. Caroline Fisher was going to have to learn some things on her own.

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