Those who know Ms. Robin Sheperd would tell you that her work is never done.
Ms. Sheperd is always willing and excited to go the extra mile for her students. That’s why she was nominated by her entire AP U.S. History class for the 2020 Glenbrook North Parents’ Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award.
Each year, the Parents’ Association recognizes an exceptional teacher who has been especially helpful, supportive and motivating in the classroom, while also being creative in their lesson planning. Sheperd represents all of that and so much more. She was surprised with the award May 29 outside her home during the school’s virtual Honors and Awards Ceremony.
“Ms. Sheperd is an amazing teacher and person,” wrote her nominating class. “She is so genuine and cares about her students both in and outside of the classroom. She inspires us everyday to be the best versions of ourselves and always facilitates a positive learning environment, even when the course is challenging.”
The students went on to state how “upbeat, genuine and caring” Ms. Sheperd is.
“Oftentimes, it’s hard to imagine your teachers as being ‘real people,’ but Ms. Sheperd always finds a way to relate to her students and shares stories about her life,” they wrote.
“One class period, a student posed a question to which Ms. Sheperd did not know the answer, but instead of brushing the question off, she spent the following night researching in order to find an answer to the question. This is just one example of how Ms. Sheperd not only makes her students feel important as people, but also as learners.”
Ms. Sheperd has taught in District 225 for 23 years. She is a proud Spartan alumna herself, graduating from the high school in 1992. During her time at GBN, Ms. Sheperd has served as an instructional supervisor, taught Social Studies, and also started as a Glenbrook Academy instructor this past school year.
“Ms. Sheperd talks to her students as though she can learn just as much from us as we do from her,” the students wrote.