Jill Biden Returns to the Classroom
By Philip Rucker
After being wooed by many Washington area community colleges, Jill Biden began teaching today at Northern Virginia Community College.
Vice President Biden's wife, a 28-year veteran educator, has been hired as an adjunct professor and is teaching two classes this semester at the Alexandria campus: an English as a second language course and a developmental English course. Each class has roughly two dozen students and will meet twice a week, for a total of about 10 teaching hours a week, Biden spokeswoman Courtney O'Donnell said.
"I am thrilled to return to the classroom to continue working with community college students, whom I greatly admire and enjoy teaching," Biden said in a statement. "I have always believed in the power of community colleges to endow students with critical life skills, and I am pleased that I can make a difference by doing what I love to do, teaching people who are excited to learn."
Biden spent the past 15 years teaching English composition courses at Delaware Technical & Community College, and prior to that worked as a reading specialist and English teacher at public schools in Delaware. She has two master's degrees and earned a doctorate in education from the University of Delaware in 2007. Her dissertation focused on retaining students in community colleges.
As second lady, Biden plans to assume a role as a public advocate for community colleges and may advise the Obama administration on related education policies.
"She feels passionately about community colleges," O'Donnell said. "For her, being in the classroom is extremely natural. She is a born teacher."
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