About Emma-Kate Schaake

Emma-Kate Schaake is in her fifth year of teaching high school English in Washington. She is passionate about educational equity in curriculum design, classroom practices, teacher leadership, professional development, and student voice. She writes about her ongoing journey to unlearn myopic history, self reflect, and think critically about her role as an educator. She can be found on Instagram @mschaake

Dr. Jill Biden: Championing Community College for All 

“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 opportunities to grow into the people they aspire to be.”

While she will probably have her hands full as the very first FLOTUS, we’d be remiss if we overlooked Dr. Jill Biden, one of our own in the white house. Biden is a long time educator who chose to keep her job at Northern Virginia Community College, even as the second lady under the Obama administration. She gave her DNC convention speech from her former classroom, and she claims “Teaching is not what I do, it’s who I am.”

She calls community colleges “one of America’s best-kept secrets,” so we’d expect free community college if she were in office. This is in line with President-Elect Joe Biden’s plan to invest in community college and support the middle class. We’d also expect similar investments in teacher pay and school resources. 

Click here for more of our picks. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email