70-year-old Dr. Biden, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, teaches writing at Northern Virginia Community College
It's back to the classroom for Dr. Jill Biden. The FLOTUS has returned to campus at Northern Virginia Community College to teach classes in-person this fall. The 70-year-old has been working at the college since 2009. Dr. Biden has a doctorate in educational leadership and teaches writing at the college. NPR reports that she is the first FLOTUS to log hours at a full-time job outside the White House. Traditionally, first ladies supported their husbands, raised children, performed the role of hostess, and did not work outside the White House. "There are some things you just can't replace, and I can't wait to get back in the classroom," Dr. Biden recently told Good Housekeeping magazine.
Biden has always been passionate about her teaching career, telling PEOPLE in 2009, "I want to do what I love. I knew if I let any time lapse, I would be sucked into Joe's life." In the Bidens' first interview after entering the White House, she told the outlet "I teach writing and I taught all eight years that I was the second lady. As Joe knows that's my passion, that's my life." Even before her husband's presidential victory last year, Dr. Biden confirmed that she would continue teaching if she became the first lady. "If we get to the White House, I'm going to continue to teach," she told CBS Sunday Morning in November. "It's important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions and lift up their profession."
Jill Biden returns to the classroom as a working First Lady, becoming the first First Lady to leave the White House and log hours at a full-time job. https://t.co/kCxhCQgzt3— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 7, 2021
Leaders of the country's largest teachers' unions are proud to have Dr. Biden raise the profile of their professions that has long been underappreciated. "She sees it up close and personally and now, in the position as first lady, not only does she give voice to that from a place of understanding, she has an opportunity to create a platform and to have influence," said Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association. President Joe Biden admitted that he learned a lot from his wife as she learned how to teach online. "It gave me an appreciation firsthand that I thought I had, but I wouldn't have had had I not seen it," he said at a meeting with NEA in July. "And then going out and teaching — she was working four or five hours a day, getting ready to teach, putting her lesson plans together ... a different way."
On this Labor Day, my thoughts are with our country’s hardworking classroom heroes. https://t.co/ufLgpYFASg— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) September 6, 2021
Dr. Biden keeps politics out of the classroom and has been strongly protective of her life as a teacher. The East Wing is yet to comment on her first day back on Tuesday, reports the New York Times. “I can confirm that Jill is teaching and I think her doing so should be an inspiration to women everywhere and a message that no matter what your spouse may be doing, you can have your own career,” Jimmie McClellan, the dean of liberal arts at Northern Virginia Community College and Dr. Biden’s supervisor said in an email. “Any spotlight should shine on what she does away from campus,” he wrote. “Here, she should have her peace.”
Jill Biden returned to the physical classroom on Tuesday after a year of teaching remotely. The first lady's move puts weight behind President Biden’s promise that his administration can get students safely back into in-person learning this fall. https://t.co/nca2BuS8eW— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 7, 2021