Jill Biden has left the White House to work full-time as a teacher, making her the first lady of the United States to do so.
Jill Biden, the first lady of the United States, has returned to Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009, marking the first time a sitting US first lady has left the White House for a full-time employment.
She formally resumed on Tuesday, September 7, according to the White House.
In a recent interview with Good Housekeeping magazine, Biden, 70, said, ‘There are certain things you simply can’t replace, and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom.’
Teaching, according to the first lady, “isn’t simply what I do; it’s who I am.”
Before returning to the classroom, Biden taught English and writing remotely for many months.
During her husband Joe Biden’s eight years as Vice President of the United States, she taught at a community college.
In response to Biden’s decision, leaders of the National Education Association, the country’s largest teachers’ union, stated.
‘She sees it up close and personal, and now, as first lady, she not only has the chance to give voice to it from a place of knowledge, but she also has the potential to build a platform and have impact,’ said Becky Pringle, president of the union.
Despite being the first wife of a president to leave the White House for a full-time career, Biden is not the first president’s wife to have a teaching background.
Laura Bush, the wife of former President George W Bush, worked as an elementary school teacher and a librarian before leaving the profession to raise her children. She was not working when her husband was elected to the White House.
Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, both former first ladies, were working moms who left their careers while in the White House.