Jill Biden insists she's NOT first lady – but a teacher first – as she heads back to in-person teaching in Virginia
DR Jill Biden has insisted she is an English teacher, not first lady as she prepares to teach students at a college in Virginia.
She will spend every Tuesday and Thursday at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) in Alexandria for the next 13 weeks.
Biden will be the first first lady to have a full-time job while juggling her duties at the White House.
She taught remotely last semester but will be in front of pupils for eight hours until after 4pm, the Washington Post reports.
Flanked by Secret Service agents, she will be traveling to the college by motorcade and will be teaching in a mask.
In an email sent to colleagues, Biden said: “I am an English teacher at NOVA – not First Lady.”
She will teach students how to write an essay in College Composition One and her courses will be combined with English Composition Readiness II.
The programs are designed for students who need more help when it comes to writing.
Her classes have been described as “hybrid” meaning students will split their time between studying remotely and in the classroom.
Dr Biden, who started teaching in 1976, reportedly wanted to return to campus in January but her request was denied as colleges took measures to limit the number of people on campuses.
Students have praised the first lady's teaching ability on the anonymous website Rate My Professors.
One said: “With all on her plate, she still puts in the time, effort, and concern for her students.”
Another posted: “She has a big heart and passion for education.”
Others accused Biden of being a harsh grader as one pupil said: “Not sure how any student can make it out of her class.”
Ahead of schools returning this fall, Dr Biden said: "Parents, I want you to know that your child, your school, and your family are at the heart of all that my husband, Joe, is doing to help our country defeat and ultimately recover from this pandemic.”
She branded vaccines and masks as tools to instill confidence that classes can continue despite the surge in Covid cases.
In a letter, she wrote: "With classes beginning again, the uncertainty of COVID-19 remains.
"Still, we do know that vaccines and wearing masks provide the best protection available against this virus."
Her return to the classroom comes just weeks after she was spotted walking with a crutch following a beach injury in Hawaii.
The first lady underwent a procedure on her left foot last month to remove debris from a puncture she had suffered during a walk.
Dr. Biden wore a supportive boot on her left foot and used a crutch to hoist herself onto a plane.
She was helped onto the aircraft by Joe Biden, who was also wearing a face covering, alongside a pair of jeans, polo shirt, and baseball cap.
The couple was boarding the plane to visit Camp David after a short break in Delaware.
Michael LaRosa, the First Lady’s press secretary, said at the time of her surgery: “FLOTUS underwent a successful procedure on her left foot to flush out debris from a puncture wound.
“After inspection of the wound by medical staff, it is unclear what object caused the puncture.”
He said the wound was free of infection and is “anticipated” to heal.
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