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born 1951

Dr. Jill Biden has risen to global prominence as Second Lady of the United States and wife of the 47th US Vice President Joe Biden. Her roles as lifelong teacher and community leader are equally worthy of recognition. 

With more than 30 years of experience in English instruction at public secondary and post-secondary schools, she has continued to teach full-time at a community college throughout her 2 terms at One Observatory Circle. Besides being a top-notch teacher, mother and government figurehead, Jill also somehow manages to do important advocacy work for women's health, military families + education ~ and run 5 miles a day!

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her quotes

all quotes by Jill Biden (23)

"I can honestly say that my students are my heroes."

Opening Session Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden | july 2009

"The responsibility for educating a young person is not the student's responsibility alone, nor is it the job of the teacher alone, nor is it the obligation of the parents alone. It is a responsibility that belongs to all of us. Because we all reap the benefits when our citizens are well educated."

Opening Session Remarks by Dr. Jill Biden | july 2009

"Nice is blah."

Jill Biden on Her Office Cubicle, Joe's Proposal, and Why 'Nice Is Blah' | march 2010

"They're not gaffes. They're militant truths that I think other politicians may not say because it may not be what they think people want to hear."

{speaking about her husband in} Jill Biden's Busy Life as Second Lady | june 2010

"The goal of our aid is simple: to help create the conditions where such aid is no longer needed."

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Inspiration Day | september 2011

"Even the smallest and simplest of investments can save lives."

Women: Inspiration & Enterprise (WIE) Inspiration Day | september 2011

"[Particularly around the holidays,] it’s important we remember and commit to an act of kindness."

united through reading | december 2011

"No matter what teaching methods I have changed, I have found the same premise to be true over time – it’s all about building confidence in your students. The bottom line is that at the end of the day, they need to believe that they have the skills they require to be successful."

Interview with Dr. Jill Biden: 'Community Colleges Connect the Dots' | march 2012

"For me, being a teacher isn't just what I do—it's who I am."

Jill Biden's speech to the 2012 Democratic National Convention | september 2012

"I'm a runner, and I have to run with Secret Service - even though they can run twice as fast."

response to the question: "What's the one thing about being Second Lady that you really dislike?" | april 2014

"I’m just like every other American woman who is working and has to create a balance between her work world and home world."

Capitol File Magazine | april 2014

"Show your heart to the world."

remarks at Villanova University commencement | may 2014

"Growing up takes some stepping up."

remarks at Villanova University commencement | may 2014

"When you have a family member who is in the military, the whole family serves, too."

Kicking off Military Family Month | october 2014

"All Americans deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential."

DREAM 2015 | february 2015

"Community colleges do not pick and choose their students; we work with students to help them become who they aspire to be."

DREAM 2015 | february 2015

"Higher education should be accessible, affordable, and attainable for all American families."

DREAM 2015 | february 2015

"I teach because I believe education is the great equalizer. Every day in my classroom I see the power of education to break down barriers, to open students’ eyes to the possibilities around them, and to provide them with opportunity to grow into the people they aspire to be."

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award Ceremony | march 2015

"Our nation’s prosperity—strengthening the middle class—truly depends on our higher education system delivering more high-quality degrees to an increasingly diverse group of students."

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award Ceremony | march 2015

"I’m a sixties girl from Philly. Before Joe, the men I dated wore jeans and clogs, and my hair was down past my waist, and some of theirs was too."

Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Award Ceremony | march 2015

"Community colleges are America’s best-kept secret, and it is time to let the secret out."

Central Piedmont Community College commencement address | may 2015

"As I work hard every day to inspire my students, it is ultimately they who inspire me."

Central Piedmont Community College commencement address | may 2015

"Work to identify your greatest passions, the things that captivate and animate you, and strive to match them to the needs of the world around you."

Central Piedmont Community College commencement address | may 2015
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