Nov 8, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Jill Biden to become only first lady with full-time teaching job

Jill Biden arrives to speak in support of her husband Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden during a drive-in campaign rally at Heinz Field on November 02

Jill Biden at Joe Biden's drive-in campaign rally at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Nov. 2. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Jill Biden plans to continue working full-time as a teacher when she becomes first lady next year.

Why it matters: The college English professor, who holds four degrees including a doctorate, will be the first FLOTUS with a full-time job in 231 years, USA Today notes. She told CBS in August it's "important" to continue teaching. "I want people to value teachers and know their contributions, and lift up the profession," she said.

Of note: Her spokesperson Michael LaRosa said in an emailed statement that Jill Biden's role as first lady will be "focused on building her team and developing her priorities focused on education, military families and veterans, and cancer."

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to include LaRosa's comment.

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