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By Paul Bradley  /  
2009 January 27 - 12:00 am

"Once a Teacher — Always a Teacher "

Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., began teaching English Tuesday as an adjunct professor at the Alexandria, Va., campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She’ll teach two classes this semester. Biden has been a teacher for nearly 30 years. She wrapped up a 15-year career as an English professor at Delaware Technical Community College before moving to Washington. Biden, 57, holds four college degrees, including a doctorate.

In a statement released by the White House, Biden said, “I am thrilled to return to the classroom to continue working with community college students, whom I greatly admire."

“I have always believed in the power of community colleges to endow students with critical life skills, and I am pleased that I can make a difference by doing what I love to do, teaching people who are excited to learn,” she said. The White House said Biden will continue promoting the importance of “quality education” to the nation's economic well-being.

George Boggs, president of American Association of Community Colleges, welcomes the news of Biden’s return to the classroom. She had been wooed by several colleges in the Washington area.

“We appreciate Dr. Biden's commitment to community colleges and our students,” he said. “She is representative of the passion, dedication and caring that are displayed by community college educators across the nation. Her long experience will clearly benefit the students at Northern Virginia Community College, but it will also re-inspire faculty and staff at other community colleges who face significant challenges every day in serving almost half of all U.S. undergraduates.”

Northern Virginia Community College operates six campuses and enrolls about 65,000 students.

-- Paul Bradley

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