VIDEO & PICS: First lady Jill Biden visits Bronx school, thanks educators

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- First lady Dr. Jill Biden visited the Bronx Wednesday to pay a visit and thank educators for their hard work amid the pandemic.

Biden visited P.S. 83 on Rhinelander Avenue, alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Department of Education Deputy Sec. Cindy Marten and Schools Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter.

Biden not only thanked the educators, but also drew from her own experience returning to in-person instruction and the anxiety that created for students and staff.

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Photo credit Meisha Ross Porter/Twitter

She also continued to speak about the need to pay teachers more, saying that the pandemic showed many parents how tough the job can be.

The first lady also brought cookies for the teachers.

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Photo credit Meisha Ross Porter/Twitter

“The amazing restorative practices that educators are doing.. and sharing with @flotus …. The educators expressing how tough things and the trust they are creating. Resilience and relationships…are key #back2school,” American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten tweeted.

Porter also thanked Biden for visiting, adding, “@NYCschools
 have been able to reopen stronger than ever thanks to the heroic work of our educators. We are deeply thankful for their dedication to our school communities!”