Miss Othmar is an unseen character (like all adults) in Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. She is Linus van Pelt's schoolteacher. She was first mentioned in 1959, shortly after Linus was shown to be in school. Almost immediately, Linus developed a crush on her, which lasted for many years.
Miss Othmar was first mentioned on October 5, 1959 and, from the start, Linus had a big crush on her.
After an extended sequence where Linus repeatedly forgets to bring in egg shells for a class project, Miss Othmar quits her job to get married in the strip from February 5, 1960 (Linus announces that he is going to give her the egg shells as a wedding present in the following day's strip). Now named "Mrs. Hagemeyer", she writes to Linus telling him that she misses all her students, but misses him most of all. Linus floats on air upon reading this.
Miss Othmar returns to teaching a little over a year later. Although she is presumably still married, she uses her maiden name professionally. As Linus puts it, in the strip from September 2, 1961, "In real life, she's Miss Othmar!"
In a series of strips starting on February 24, 1969, Miss Othmar goes on a teacher's strike. Exhausted from several days' picketing, she falls to her knees. Linus rushes to her side and picks up her sign. The next day, she is fired. Her replacement, Miss Halverson, meets with some resistance from Linus, who remains very loyal to Miss Othmar.
Oddly, despite having been fired in 1969, Miss Othmar answers a question from Linus, in class, in the strip from September 11, 1973.
In the Peanuts television cartoons, Miss Othmar is voiced by a trombone, as are many of the adults. In an episode of The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show, her red-sleeved arm can be seen while handing a paper to Sally Brown. Other than that, the closest the audience has ever come to seeing her is a shot of her from behind in the animated version of Snoopy!!! The Musical.
Miss Othmar is often assumed to be Charlie Brown's teacher. In a strip from the mid-1960s, it is revealed that Charlie Brown's teacher's name is "Mrs. Donovan". However, Charlie Brown sometimes shows up in Miss Othmar's classroom (usually sitting behind Linus) in strips from the late 1960s onwards. In one series of strips, Miss Othmar continually selects Charlie Brown to pound the chalkboard erasers, filling his lungs with so much chalk dust that he exhales it for days afterward.
Relationship with Linus
Linus has a big crush on Miss Othmar. In the strip from October 8, 1959, he says he does not worship her, but is fond of the ground she walks on.
Linus loves pretty much everything Miss Othmar does. One exception to this is, he does not like her opinion of his security blanet. When he finds out that she does not like his blanket, Charlie Brown says to Lucy, "This means Linus is going to have to choose between his blanket and Miss Othmar, doesn't it?" Just then Linus walks by holding his blanket and says, "Who's Miss Othmar?" so it is clear which one he chose. However, when Miss Othmar is not talking about his blanket, Linus really likes her.