Dr. Jill Biden, President-Elect Joe Biden’s wife, could soon become the only first lady in the 231-year history to hold a paid job outside the White House.
As reported, the 69-year-old intends to continue working as an educator. Dr. Biden taught at Northern Virginia Community College during the eight years she served as the second lady under the Obama administration, and she plans to do the same now, even with her new role as the first lady.
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Dr. Jill Biden holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a doctorate of education. During an interview with CBS Sunday Morning a couple of months ago, she said that she would love to continue teaching as the first lady.
“If we get to the White House, I’m going to continue to teach. It’s important, and I want people to value teachers and know their contributions and lift up their profession.” – she said back then.
Education will be at the top of her agenda as the first lady, along with advocating for cancer awareness and military families.
Teaching is not what I do. It’s who I am.
I’ll be giving my convention speech tonight from my former classroom.
Brandywine High School. Room 232. pic.twitter.com/NXx1EkqVGq
— Dr. Jill Biden (@DrBiden) August 18, 2020
Dr. Biden has been a teacher for 36 years, and she told Vogue that the beauty of being FLOTUS is that you can define it however you want – and that’s what she did as the second lady.
She noted that she will be working on the same issues, and she would travel all over the country trying to get free community college.
This is what she told PEOPLE back 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. I can have my own job, my own life, but also work on issues. I can have it all, really.”
Although Dr. Biden took a leave of absence this past semester to campaign alongside her husband, she says that she wants to get back to teaching as soon as possible.
“Joe and I’ve been married for 42 years. This is how we’ve always done things. I’ve campaigned in every election,” she told CNN in January. “I go one way, he goes the other way, and so we can cover more ground and talk to more people. He’s always supported my career. And this is a critical time for me to support him because, you know, I want change. I want a new president.” – she concluded.