Same here. No kindergarten, most didn't go then, in our school district. Also had a very nice 2nd grade teacher. I think maybe a first grade teacher has to be a little tough and scary. Imagine dealing with thirty plus 5 and 6 year olds who have never had any experience with this "school thing" before. Some probably never had to sit still that long before. It's hard to reason with little kids. Maybe we were lucky. Maybe the schools knew that and planned it that way on purpose. Ha!