Photo Scrapbook — The Teacher in the White House: From Zoom Class Cameos to Campus Visits, Memorable Education Photos from Dr. Biden’s First 100 Days as First Lady

By Meghan Gallagher | April 25, 2021

By Meghan GallagherApril 25, 2021

The nation has had a teacher in the White House for 100 days — and in that time Dr. Jill Biden has visited classrooms across the country, chatted with teachers and students, and touted the President’s American Rescue Plan.

She even kept her job teaching at Northern Virginia Community College, giving a lecture via Zoom her second day in office as the pandemic persisted.

Many of her school tours highlighted the president’s goal to reopen most K-8 schools in the first 100 days of his administration.

“Teachers want to be back. We want to be back. Last week I said to my students, ‘Hey guys, how you doing?’ And they said, ‘Dr. B, we’re doing okay, but we can’t wait to be back to the classroom​.’ ​And I think that’s how we all feel. But we just know that we have to get back safely,” the first lady told students during a visit at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, in March.

In the past three months, Dr. Biden, a military mother, met with students at a child development center on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, toured a community college in Iowa, and continued visiting institutions of every level from one coast to the other.

Here are some memorable moments from an educator’s first months in the White House:

Biden sits with a student as she tours Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, on March 3.

Biden talks to students during a visit to the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 17.

The first lady, also a military mother, chats with children at a child development center at a Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, on March 10.

The first lady, also a military mother, chats with children at a child development center at a Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, California, on March 10.

Biden tours a robotics lab at Fort LeBoeuf Middle School Waterford, Pennsylvania, on March 3.

Biden jumps on Zoom to say hello to remote learners as she visits with their teacher at Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey on March 15.

Biden leaves a message for the students of Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, on March 3. (@FLOTUS / Twitter)

Biden watches a student work at Samuel Smith Elementary School in Burlington, New Jersey, on March 15.

Biden on a tour of Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois, where she highlighted the importance of affordable higher education on April 19.

Biden speaks as she tours Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, on March 3.

Biden speaks with a student as she visits the Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, New Hampshire, on March 17.

Biden peeks into a classroom and waves to students as she tours Benjamin Franklin Elementary School with Miguel Cardona in Meriden, Connecticut, on March 3.

Biden joins craftime at the James Rushton Early Learning Center in Birmingham, Alabama, April 9.

A student at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Connecticut, shows Dr. Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona her work on March 3.

Biden on a tour of Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Illinois, where she highlighted the importance of affordable higher education on April 19.