Robin Shreeves, NJ

Senior Writer

Robin’s fifteen-plus years of writing experience have often found her telling stories, such as those of hundreds of women of faith in the book, The One Year Women in Christian History, which she co-wrote. In her award-winning “On the Wine Trail” column for Courier Post, she tells the stories of the wines, wineries, and winemakers in New Jersey. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications including Mother Nature Network, Wine Enthusiast, VinePair, Food Network, Apartment Therapy, Woman’s Day, Realtor.com, Edible Jersey, Edible Philly, Spirited magazine, Drink Philly, and the American Bible Society’s Engager’s Blog. Robin holds a B.S. in Bible from Cairn University and a post-baccalaureate K-12 English teaching certification from Rowan University.

As a Story Terrace writer, Robin interviews customers and turns their life stories into books. Get to know her better by reading her autobiographical anecdote below.

Inspiration

Sometimes, inspiration strikes slowly.

I can now pinpoint the moment that inspired me to teach high school English, although it took several years for me to recognize it for what it was.

I’m still able to picture that inspiration in my mind. It’s the grade written in the upper right hand corner of my Macbeth final test from Ms. Westermeier’s senior English, plus her comment: “98! Good job!” That was all she wrote. At the time, I was pleased, but inspired? Not that I knew of.

Fast forward two years when a group of friends and I went to the park on an early spring day. Krista and Susan, who were still seniors in high school, brought their English books to study for their Macbeth final test during our breaks from throwing balls around. I was surprised by all that I remembered about the play and at how much I was able to join in the discussion.

Fast forward another two years again; I had just graduated from college with a Bible degree yet no clear career path. During those years in college, I learned to love learning, and I learned to love literature. Suddenly, that top right corner of my Macbeth test started to pop up in my mind, along with that day in the park and how much I enjoyed discussing Shakespeare.

“Maybe,” came a persistent thought, “I should teach high school English.” It would require me to go back to school. Would it be worth it?

It was worth it. I spent another two years in school getting my teaching certification, and I taught high school English for six years before having my kids. I still miss it at times. I’m really glad my mind didn’t miss registering that inspiration, even if it took four years to truly be understood.

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