Say cheese! Faculty and staff members share their childhood school photos

It’s a memory many of us share: Getting dressed up, having our hair combed just so, standing in line with our classmates, sitting in front of a classic backdrop and smiling on the count of three. School photos captured a moment in time, allowing us to see how much we’d grown from year to year.

In honor of National School Photo Day—recognized each year on the second Thursday of September—we asked Case Western Reserve University staff members to take a trip down memory lane and share some of their old school photos with us.

Take a look below to see their then-and-now photos.

Joy Ward

Interim provost and executive vice president
High school class of 1988

Then-and-now composite image of Joy Ward in high school and now

What was your favorite subject in school growing up?


What did you want to be when you grew up?

Not surprisingly, a scientist.

What’s your best advice for students as they continue their educational journey?

My advice is to pursue what you are passionate about and be open to where that passion may take you.

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