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Karen Pence returns to the classroom: ‘I have missed teaching art’

Karen Pence is picking up a paintbrush again, heading back to the classroom to teach art at a Northern Virginia elementary school.

The second lady and wife of Vice President Pence will serve as an art instructor twice a week at the Immanuel Christian School in Springfield through May, the White House announced Tuesday, which it said was her first day in the role.

{mosads}Pence, 62, accepted the job in December. But she likely already knew the lay of the land — she had previously taught at the Washington-area elementary in 2000 when her husband was a member of Congress.

“I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students,” Pence said in a statement.

“I have missed teaching art, and it’s great to return to the school where I taught art for twelve years,” Pence said.

Pence — who has a Master’s degree in art education — has said raising awareness about art therapy would be one of her key initiatives while in the vice president’s residence, telling the Associated Press in 2017, “I don’t really see my role as policy maker or policy changer.” 

“I just want to make people aware of what art therapy is,” she added at the time.

Last year, Pence put her artistic skills to use outside of the classroom, illustrating a children’s book written by daughter Charlotte Pence, “Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President,” about the family’s pet bunny. Last month, Regnery Publishing announced a deal for two more books about the adventures of Marlon Bundo.

Pence isn’t the only second lady to lead a classroom. Jill Biden worked as an English professor at Northern Virginia Community College while her husband, former Vice President Biden, was in office.

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