First Lady Dr Jill Biden Will Continue With Her Full-Time Teaching Job
First Lady Dr Jill Biden will continue to work full time as an educator despite her husband becoming US President.
Dr Biden, 69, said her role was 'important' so even becoming First Lady wasn't going to stop her from working.
Her choice to continue working will make her the first First Lady to ever have a full time job outside of the White House.
Speaking prior to his win, Dr Biden told CBS Sunday Morning: "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."
Dr Biden is a college English professor with a whopping four degrees - including her doctorate - and works at Northern Virginia Community College.
Dr Biden's spokesperson Michael LaRosa also confirmed she'd be keeping her job at the college, telling Harper's Bazaar: "Dr Biden will keep her teaching at Northern Virginia Community College separate from her public role."
Dr Biden continued to work at the college during her eight years at Second Lady - when Barack Obama was President and Biden was Vice President.
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Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last month, she said: "I'm really looking forward to being first lady and doing the things that [I did] as second lady, carrying on with military families and education and free community college, cancer [the Biden Cancer Initiative], that Joe and I have both worked on.
"And I'm going to teach as well."
And just one day after her husband Joe was sworn in, the First Lady hosted her first virtual event to celebrate teaching.
The event included a touching message from Dr Biden in which she thanked teachers and educators for their 'heroic commitment' throughout the coronavirus pandemic, saying she was 'proud' of the profession.
She said: "I have never felt prouder of our profession. In this pandemic, educators have shown a heroic commitment to their students.
"So, on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you.
"You have been so strong. And now it's time for us to be strong for you."
She went on to talk about President Biden's plans to safely reopen schools, reassuring those at the event that he is 'following the science and best practices, and he will be engaging with educators, all of you and your unions'.
She added: "He has a national strategy for Covid-19 response and safely reopening schools is critical for that plan."
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