Judy Lavi grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in international relations. While in college, she spent time working in the elementary and middle schools surrounding the college campus. She ran after-school and summer programs, ran homework support clubs, and tutored in classes during the school day. She developed a love for working in schools and helping students reach their fullest potential.
After college, Judy joined Teach for America and began teaching 2nd grade in an Oakland public school. She taught there for four years before deciding to join Rocketship. Judy was a founding teacher at Rocketship Mosaic, where she taught 2nd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade and served as an assistant principal. She has been the principal of Rocketship Los Sueños Academy since 2015 and feels honored to be a member of the Los Sueños community.