Dr. Jill Biden returned to the classroom on Tuesday, making history as the first U.S. first lady to maintain a full-time job on top of her White House duties, reports People.com.
A longtime educator and community college advocate, Biden is an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), where she has been a member of the faculty since 2009. After a year of virtual courses, NOVA is returning to in-person instruction, though an indoor mask requirement remains in place, regardless of vaccination status.
Biden, 70, made clear last year that she intended to keep her job throughout her tenure as first lady.
According to CBS News, the week after her husband's inauguration as president, she wrote to her colleagues: "I am an English teacher at NOVA — not first lady. I am trying to keep my roles separate as I did as Second Lady. I appreciate your enthusiasm, but I want students to see me as their English teacher. I am not mentioning it in my classes AT ALL. Thanks for honoring my teacher identity. Jill."