Scout's first grade teacher is named Miss Caroline Fisher. Scout has a conflict with her on the first day of school. Miss Fisher is upset that Scout already knows how to read. She also thinks Scout is a smart aleck. Scout tries to explain to her the values of Maycomb, particularly that people may be poor, but they are proud, and would rather be hungry than accept a handout. For all of her pains, Scout endures Miss Fisher hitting her hand with a ruler for being uppity.
Not only does Miss Fisher's status as an outsider reveal how easily Maycomb can be misunderstood, she acts a foil to the wiser Atticus. As Scout tells Atticus about what happened in the classroom, she learns a life lesson from him: it is important to get along with people. You don't always have to say everything you think. You can conform and yet go about your business, such as reading at home, without having to talk about it or upset other people with it.