A look back at Jill Biden’s career in education
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Dr Jill Biden has gone down in history as the first first lady to hold a paid job outside the White House, ABC News reported. She currently teaches writing at Northern Virginia Community College – on Zoom from the White House – continuing in the teaching role she started when she was Second Lady, People reported.
“I taught for eight years that I was the second lady,” Biden – who has a doctorate in educational leadership – told People. “As Joe knows, it’s my passion; It’s my life.”
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Biden has been teaching since 1976, when she got her first job as an English teacher at St. Mark’s High School in Wilmington, Delaware, according to her official White House biography. Then she worked as a reading specialist at Claymont High School. While it’s not known what Biden earned in these positions, the median salary for a high school teacher is now $ 61,660, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
While pursuing his Masters in English at Villanova University, Biden taught English at Rockford Center Psychiatric Hospital. In 1993, she accepted a job at Delaware Technical Community College. When the Bidens moved to Washington, DC, when Joe became vice president, Jill began teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, where she continues to teach to this day. And according to her students, she can be tough.
“I’m not gonna lie, she gives A LOT of homework, gets you working for the right grade, but 101% worth it,” a student wrote on Rate My Professors. “I loved him and would take his lessons over and over again.”
While Jill probably isn’t keeping her job for the money, it’s worth noting that the median salary for post-secondary teachers is $ 79,540 per year, according to the BLS.
With over three decades of teaching behind her, it’s clear that education is a true passion for Jill. For her first official event as First Lady, she hosted a virtual meeting for educators across the United States, Today reported.
“I couldn’t wait another day to have this meeting, to say thank you on behalf of a grateful nation, to educators for their heroic commitment to students during this pandemic,” she tweeted of the meeting. “You have been so strong; and we will be strong in our support for you.
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