"I'll try not to puncture it with my pointy bosoms."
Francine Briggs is an American teacher at Ridgeway High School of Scottish ancestry. She is Carly, Freddie, Sam, and Gibby's mean English teacher, plays the bagpipes and loves Scottish music and dancing. She is portrayed by Mindy Sterling.
She is also a sportswoman, seen in the episode iSpy a Mean Teacher when she does various gymnastic exercises. Ms. Briggs is a secondary character, but is very important to the entire series because if not for her, then Carly would never have been inspired to make iCarly in the first place. According to Sam, she is dating Mr. Howard despite him being married.
- Ms. Briggs harbors an intense dislike for Spencer Shay and was glad to have gotten rid of him. She despised him so much, when he came back to the school in iWant More Viewers, she gave Freddie detention because Spencer wouldn't leave, and threatened to expel Freddie. Ms. Briggs hated Spencer ever since he was at Ridgeway Middle School, and when Carly first mentioned him in iPilot, she has an irritated expression on her face, and says disdainfully, "Ah, the artist."
- Carly and Sam make fun of Ms. Briggs' "crazy, pointy boobs" in the episode iPilot and again in iGoodbye. Ironically, Mindy Sterling has been a breast cancer survivor since 1998, having undergone a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, and tamoxifen.
- According to iPilot, Ms. Briggs used to have a brown lump on her nose, but she had it surgically removed.
- In iSpy a Mean Teacher, Ms. Briggs states she hates citrus fruits.
- Also, in iSpy a Mean Teacher, it is revealed that Ms. Briggs has an obsession with Randy Jackson, as she has a shrine of him in a room. One of Freddie's blogs on the iCarly website claims that she got engaged to a Randy Jackson impersonator, and that they would be getting married at Ryan Seacrest's house.
- In iTwins, it is stated that Mr. Howard makes out with Ms. Briggs in the teacher's lounge, despite other mentions of Mr. Howard's wife.
- Her home address is 321 East Argyle. This was revealed in iDate a Bad Boy, when Freddie tried to woo Carly by sending Ms. Briggs a fishy pizza.
- She had the first line in the entire series, although she was the second character to be seen, the first being Principal Franklin.
- She dislikes Sam Puckett the most out of all her students.
- Mindy Sterling has also starred in the Austin Powers series, debuting in the first film.
- During the filming of iPilot, Mindy Sterling was the only actress who experimented with different deliveries of her lines in every take.
- Mindy Sterling also played Principal Skidmore, a similar character in attitude in A.N.T. Farm.