Jill Biden

Jill Biden

Former Second Lady of the United States of America


It takes a while to figure out what your strengths are, but it will happen. Don’t worry about it—you will find your path.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I attended community college in Pennsylvania with the goal of studying fashion merchandising, but I discovered that I didn’t really like it, so I dropped out.
Got married to my first husband and we both attended the University of Delaware together—by our junior year, we decided to divorce, and I took a break from school.
Started doing some modeling work to make some money and returned to school a year later to earn my bachelor’s degree in English.
Met and married Senator Joe Biden—I also began teaching high school English and even spent five years working in a psychiatric hospital teaching adolescents with emotional disabilities.
During this time, I earned a master’s degree in education from West Chester University and a master’s degree in English from Villanova University.
Began teaching at Delaware Technical and Community College and later received my doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware.
Served as the Second Lady of the United States of America from 2008-2017 and launched initiatives supporting education, military families, and women’s rights alongside First Lady Michelle Obama.
I’m also the founder/co-founder of several nonprofit initiatives including the Biden Breast Health Initiative, the Book Buddies program, the Biden Foundation, and Joining Forces with Michelle Obama.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
English Language and Literature, General
University of Delaware
Graduate
Education, General
West Chester University
Graduate
English Language and Literature, General
Villanova University
Doctorate
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
University of Delaware

Career

Former Second Lady of the United States of America

I am an educator and the former Second Lady of the United States of America.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Politics
Helping People

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to have a passion for teaching be able to instill confidence in students. Love learning, reading, and writing. Advocate for others and for causes that you care about.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Don't underestimate a community college. Community colleges are one of our best kept secrets and could play a vital role in your life not only as a student, but as a future professional.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You shouldn't keep teaching if your husband becomes Vice President."

Challenges I Overcame

Working Parent
Death and Loss