US White House, Jill Biden, returns to classroom to teach

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Jill Biden (left) with a Head Start teacher and children in Alabama in 2021. Photo: Cameron Smith/The White House

Jill Biden is going back to her whiteboard to now become a school teacher and won’t be staying in the White House all through the day as a full-time First Lady.

After months of teaching writing and English to community college students in boxes on a computer screen, the first lady resumes teaching in person Tuesday from a classroom at Northern Virginia Community College, where she has worked since 2009.

She is the first first lady to leave the White House and log hours at a full-time job.

“There are some things you just can’t replace, and I can’t wait to get back in the classroom,” she recently told Good Housekeeping magazine.

The first lady has been anxious to see her students in person after more than a year of virtual teaching brought on by a pandemic that continues to challenge the Biden administration.

A working first lady is a “big deal,” said Tammy Vigil, a Boston University communications professor who wrote a book about first ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump.