Alumnae: Alumnae Profiles

Alumnae Profiles: Audra Brown Ward, C'91.

“Whatever environment I find myself in, I tend to emerge as a leader, even when I’m not intending to,” says Audra Brown Ward, who is also fulfilling her childhood dream by teaching AP biology, anatomy and physiology at the Marist School, an independent private Roman Catholic college preparatory school in an Atlanta suburb.

She aspires to model the substance and style of Dr. Lisa B. Hibbard, associate chemistry professor at Spelman. “People look at the outside and I look well put together but they don’t always see how fast I’m paddling under the water,” she says. “I do work hard to keep it together.”

With all the challenges in the country and the world, “I think our community needs the kind of leaders who will challenge us, instead of letting us rest on our laurels,” Ms. Ward opines. “I want my legacy to be that I was a woman who was truly passionate about whatever I did. I’m going to give 100 percent, and I want to influence other people to do their best.”

Career Highlights: Nightcrawler instructor, Zoo Atlanta; biology instructor, Yeshiva Atlanta High School.

*This article can be found in the Spring 2014 edition of the Spelman Messenger*