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Judy received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. Judy Lavi began teaching through Teach For America. She has taught second grade at East Oakland Pride Elementary in Oakland, CA for three years. In that time, she has chaired the Faculty Council, served as the vice chair of the School Site Council, and helped found the "Sunshine Committee", a social committee that aims to build a positive school culture. She believes in the necessity for inspired and strong leadership in failing urban schools in order to provide underserved racial and ethnic minorities the rigorous education and long-term opportunities they deserve. Her goal is to research effective models for creating high performing schools and use that knowledge to run her own school in which students are held to high expectations for achievement regardless of their background.