Dr. Jill Biden on Back-to-School and Being America’s First Teacher

To all the teachers and students returning to school behind a Zoom screen this September, Dr. Jill Biden sees you. While on hiatus from her English professorship at Northern Virginia Community College to campaign with her husband, the former Second Lady recently completed her online-teaching training and certification.

“I have to post by 11:59 every Sunday night. 11:30, every Sunday night, I’m still on the computer. I’m still trying to figure things out,” Dr. Biden told Vogue via Zoom on Tuesday, against the backdrop of her lush garden in Wilmington, Delaware. “I have a lot more sympathy for [my students], when I get back into the classroom, knowing just how tough it is.”

This September would have marked Dr. Biden’s 36th year in the classroom. Instead, she is stepping into the role of America’s Teacher, embarking on a listening tour with parents, teachers, and students across the country about the

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Jill Biden talks education in the age of COVID-19

Coping with and overcoming the stress of the coronavirus pandemic took center stage at the virtual Nevada stop of Jill Biden’s Back to School tour, with six students sharing how they had been affected by COVID-19 and resulting school closures with the former second lady.

Biden, a teacher and community college professor, said her husband, Joe Biden, understood that both students and teachers would need more mental health support upon returning to schools, along with more funding for protective gear and classroom space to allow for social distancing.

“Joe knows the best policies don’t come from politics, but from listening to parents and students and educators,” Biden said.

The virtual campaign event took place by videoconference and was hosted by Columbia University professor Sonya Douglass Horsford, the spouse of Democratic Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford. Other stops tare taking place in battleground states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida and Pennsylvania.

The students

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In virtual stop, Jill Biden talks school reopenings with Duval educators, students

As part of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign for presidency, Jill Biden made a stop in Jacksonville on Tuesday to talk about schools — virtually, that is. 

Jill Biden, Afrika Bambaataa are posing for a picture: Jill Biden's Jacksonville Back-to-School tour stop featured a mix of parents, educators and students.

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Jill Biden’s Jacksonville Back-to-School tour stop featured a mix of parents, educators and students.

“The virtual bus has stopped in Duval County,” School Board member Darryl Willie said as he introduced the former Second Lady on a Zoom panel. “I can’t wait to have a teacher as our First Lady.”


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Biden hosted an online roundtable focused on school reopenings in Jacksonville. The virtual discussion was part of her national Back-to-School Tour, a news release said. Biden has made similar virtual stops in Tampa, Wisconsin and North Carolina.

“Joe knows that the best policies don’t come from politics, they come from educators,” Biden said. “Parents and students like you, and Joe’s going to

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