Robin York

High School Creative Writing Teacher

Credentials:

B.A. English, American and German Literature, University of Kent at Canterbury
M.Phil. European Literature, University of Cambridge
M.A. German Language and Literature, University of California, Santa Barbara
Teacher Since 2001

How many years have you worked at Oak Grove?

Since 2021.

Why do you work at Oak Grove?

At Oak Grove students are taught to think independently, but they’re also encouraged to express their most authentic selves. It takes courage to strip away the masks and feel comfortable enough to live the truth of who we truly are.

The open-hearted congeniality and warm, supportive environment that exists among faculty and staff extends to the students and their families: everyone feels they have a voice.

It’s an honor to work at a school that goes beyond teaching to the “whole” student: it’s a place that recognizes “wholeness” not only as a pre-existing condition, but as our birthright.

A quote that inspires your approach to your job.

“To make something well is to give yourself to it, to seek wholeness, to follow spirit. To learn to make something well can take your whole life. It’s worth it.” Ursula K. Le Guin

Where is your special spot on campus?

In the Oak Grove, facing the mountains.

Coffee or Tea?

Tea.

What outdoor experience has been most impactful for you?

Surfing.

The best live music performance/concert you ever attended is…

I saw the Rolling Stones in Zagreb, Croatia in 1994 on a windswept, thunderous night. When they opened up, lightning streaked across the sky, followed by torrential rain, but the band played on and the crowd held out. It was mesmerizing!

Which teacher in your life affected you greatly? How?

Mr. Madden, my English teacher throughout my high school career. He taught me how to write!

Person (dead or alive, famous or not) that you’d most like to share a meal with.

Prem Baba (spiritual teacher).

Name a place you’ve always wanted to visit, but haven’t yet.

Cloudbreak, Fiji.