Know about Dr. Jill Biden: First Lady Education, Events, White House
Jill Biden, Professor, honour teachers in her first official event as first lady Jill Biden's fashion choices were subtle but purposeful on Inauguration Day
"Dr. B," aka first lady Jill Biden, began her life as first lady Thursday evening with a virtual event to honor teachers, among whom she has counted herself for decades.
The 20-minute event was a heartfelt paean to the work of educators, embellished with a promise that she, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are on the side of teachers and their unions, who helped win the election for the new administration.
"The first lady of the United States is one of your own," Biden said. "Thank you for all that you do in the day-to-day. It's not always recognized how much your work matters, but it does... Student by student, you are changing the world. "
One day after Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th POTUS, with his wife holding the Biden family's massive Bible, the first lady convened a meeting with teachers union presidents of the American Federation of Teachers, and Becky Pringle, of the National Education Association, to pay tribute to educators and celebrate the start of what the first lady described as a pro-teachers Biden administration.
Wearing a claret-colored dress with long ropes of pearls around her neck, Biden hailed the actions that "Joe" has taken already (she said she's still getting used to calling him president). These include signing executive orders establishing a national strategy to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, and pledging the resources to help re-open most K-12 schools safely within 100 days.
"He's following the science and best practices, and he will be engaging with educators, all of you and your unions," Biden said. "He has a national strategy for COVID-19 response and safely reopening schools is critical for that plan."
It's also not a coincidence that Biden, a professor of literature, was the one to spot the talent of Amanda Gorman, 22, and recommend her as the inaugural poet – the youngest ever. Her recitation of her poem "The Hill We Climb" left everyone gasping in admiration.
Biden has indicated that she will continue advocating for teachers and students, and especially those at community colleges, placing education at the top of her agenda.
"We knew we had a partner in the White House, and he didn't come by himself: We also have Vice President Harris and Dr. Jill Biden, an educator who is still teaching."
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