Jill Biden is clearly a cut above the rest. In a refreshing detour from the customary tradition that barely saw US first ladies work outside of the White House, Jill is making her voice known in a role she best identifies with—a teacher.

It is confirmed that President Joe Biden’s wife has resumed in-person teaching at Northern Virginia Community College Tuesday. Sources close to the First Lady believe Jill is stoked to be going back to her whiteboard, Associated Press reported.

Jill, who’s been teaching remotely since the past year due to the pandemic, has been looking forward to meeting her students in person. The 70-year-old is setting the bar high for her successors, as a “working” first lady, the New York Times noted. History is laden with examples of wives of presidents who were largely confined to the roles of supporting their husbands, raising children, and playing hostess and/or global ambassadors.

Jill’s tryst with teaching dates back to almost a decade ago. She taught at the Virginia community college during the eight-year period when Joe was vice president. The academician has always been vocal about her intent to remain a career woman, and cited how she did not wish to give up on a career she ‘so closely identifies with’. Jill is armed with two master’s degrees and a doctorate in educational leadership.

The first lady’s move to get back to full-time teaching has been lauded by leaders of the nation’s largest teachers’ unions. “She sees it up close and personally and now, in the position as the first lady, not only does she give voice to that from a place of understanding, she has an opportunity to create a platform and to have influence,” said Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association.

Joe, who’s clearly in awe of his wife’s dedication towards her career, spoke about how the whole transition to teaching online was a learning experience in itself. In one of his July meetings, the President averred how it was inspiring to watch Jill go out and teach while putting in four or five hours a day, and planning her day differently. 

It is believed that Jill makes continual efforts to blend within the campus she teaches at, trying her best to keep her political identity out of the classrooms she enters. Many of her former students admitted that their high-profile teacher did a prolific job at keeping her political identity under wraps for the longest she could. So much so, her security personnel was ordered to turn up in casuals with tote backpacks in order to fit in.

First Lady of the United States Jill Biden First Lady of the United States Jill Biden in attendance on day one of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 24, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images