Robyn Greenstone lives in Danville. She teaches at St. Johnsbury Academy and writes a regular column on herbal lore for The North Star Monthly.For more information on St. J. ALFA, or to participate in its online market, go to www.stj-alfa.org.
Robyn Greenstone graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a BA in Medieval/Renaissance Studies. She received her MST from Pace University and brought her love of culture to two educational realms: classroom and museum.
For more than a decade, she served as a gallery and garden lecturer at The Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Concurrently, she taught humanities in Westchester’s Katonah-Lewisboro School District, launching creative interdisciplinary and literary initiatives which earned her a reputation as an engaging teacher dedicated to project-based learning and authentic assessment.
In 2002, she was awarded a Luce Scholarship and embarked on a year-long sabbatical in order to study the traditional performing arts of Japan in Osaka. She apprenticed with Otome-bunraku artist Masaya Kiritake and, upon returning to the States, organized Otome-bunraku puppetry performances in regional theatres and public schools. Her commitment to personal growth prompted her to undertake in 2007 a second hiatus from teaching in order to immerse herself in writing about her experiences in Japan.
She has now returned to the classroom at St. Johnsbury Academy where she teaches English and US and World History to the academy’s diverse international student population. She remains committed to cross-cultural conversations and looks forward to furthering international awareness within the St. Johnsbury community.
Written by Robyn Greenstone | October 25, 2012
Standing in a local supermarket last August, scanning the shelves for a lemon to complete the ingredient list for my mother’s celebrated cucumber salad, I felt like a complete foreigner. I realized, as I surveyed the rows of coolly aligned produce, that it had been a full five months since I stepped foot inside a grocery store.
This is because in the warmer months, the fruits of my own garden are frequently supplemented with produce and condiments from a variety of farm stands in the St. Johnsbury area and three local farmers’ markets.