Dr. Jill Biden is forging a new path for herself and future women in power by becoming the first-ever first lady to work a full-time job while living in the White House.
After virtually teaching community college students for over a year due to the pandemic, Jill Biden will begin teaching in-person on Tuesday at a Northern Virginia Community College.
"There are some things you just can't replace, and I can't wait to get back in the classroom," she recently told Good Housekeeping magazine.
Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said of her drive to get back to work: "It shatters the norms of what first ladies do."
The First Lady has been anxious to get back to work and see her students after so long being behind the screen.
This is a big deal as it turns tradition on its head. The nation's previous first ladies were responsible for supporting their husbands, raising the children, and playing hostess whenever there were guests. They were never given duties outside the home, especially going to work.
However, Jill Biden said she has always been a career-driven woman.
She first started teaching at the Virginia community college back in 2009, when President Biden was Vice President, and she has always vowed to never give up on a career she identifies with, even with the added pressure of being first lady.
"Teaching isn't just what I do. It's who I am," she says.
Leaders of different teachers' unions have praised Jill Biden for her decision and are pleased she will be able to help influence educational policies.
"She sees it up close and personally and now, in the position as the 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.
Anne M. Kress, president of Northern Virginia Community College, said she is excited to welcome students and faculty, including Jill Biden, for the fall semester.
She also shared appreciation for their commitment to "excellence in instruction and equity in opportunity."
Kress continued: "Their belief in our students is deep, real, and transformational."
Jill Biden is set to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the college and will travel on days she is not in the classroom.