Charlotte earned a BA and an MA in High School Education, concentrating on Social Studies. With these degrees, she taught for one year, during which she taught 10th grade history and 9th grade remedial writing. She quit teaching when she became pregnant with her first child.
After her kids went off to elementary school, Charlotte became more involved at her church. This led her to attend seminary. It took her four years as a commuter student to complete her degree.
Rev. Charlotte Robinson's first call was a position in a church in suburban San Jose, which could only afford to hire her part-time. She spent two years there, commuting 20 miles each way. It was a lonely experience for her, since her family hadn't moved to the parish. In fact, the position was viewed by everyone (including Charlotte, her family, and the church) as a short-term situation which had lasted longer than anyone expected.
Members of the First Church of Almond Springs interviewed Charlotte in May, and hired her a short time later. Charlotte was struck during the interview by two things: the interviewers' feeling of enthusiastic relief and their honesty. They told her they did not expect to hire a woman, but had surprised themselves by their excitement for her as a candidate. They had interviewed two men in addition to Charlotte and had unanimously chosen her.
Charlotte moved to Almond Springs a few months later, in July. Her family planned to move at the end of the summer, so she arrived alone.