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The Ultimate Education Game Changer Is...

Huffington Post   First Posted: 09/15/10 12:05 PM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:30 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to look at things and take the risk of saying, "I think I have a better way."

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Jill Biden
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Changed the game by ... making community college students a priority. Biden might be the Second Lady, but she's first in the classroom: a longtime English professor in Delaware, she has spent the semesters since her husband was sworn in as vice president at Northern Virginia Community College, where she teaches English as a second language. President Obama asked her to convene a national summit on community colleges, and she has pushed for more Americans to consider them as a cheaper, but equally solid, education opportunity, while at the same time successfully lobbying the federal government to expand their support. "For an immigrant or first-generation American, community college is often the place to begin a postsecondary education," she wrote.

Fun Fact: Biden didn't always want to be a teacher. She first studied fashion merchandising at junior college, but hated it and transferred to University of Delaware, where she stayed fashionable, but declared an English major.

Must-click link: Jill Biden's op-ed on community colleges
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