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Our mission is to deliver the best educational experiences to students worldwide and empower them to succeed in all aspects of life.
Put Students And Families First
Continually Develop Innovative Content
Create Meaningful & Impactful Experiences
Maintain Best Practices
Embrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Be The Best Place To Work
Drive The Education Industry Forward
Change The World
We empower students across the globe by giving them the in-demand skills and confidence to succeed in a rapidly evolving digital world. We do this by leveraging our proprietary knowledge and subject matter expertise, by prioritizing innovation and the hottest topics, by engineering/coding unique educational experiences for students, by offering in-person experiences on prestigious private school/university campuses, by delivering the best live/online camps and courses that scale to reach large audiences, by investing in an incredibly talented and diverse team of instructors and staff, by embracing diversity, equity and inclusion, and by creating a unique pedagogy that focuses on hands-on, experiential learning, serious skill building, and tons of fun.
We’ve served tens of thousands of students across 48 States in the US and 36 Countries…
Lavner Education was created by a leadership team with backgrounds from University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Penn Engineering, Columbia University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, UCLA Graduate School of Educational Leadership, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and more.
Lavner Education powers the Lavner Camps, Tech Revolution, Lavner IQ, and Lavner Fitness brands.
Founder & CEO
Wharton Executive MBA Program – 49th Class
Villanova University School of Law – J.D. ’09
University of Pennsylvania – B.A. ’05
Justin Lavner is an entrepreneur, visionary, and thought leader in the education industry. Justin’s fundamental belief is that every child should have the best opportunities to learn, make friends, and have fun. As a boy, Justin was raised by two working parents who prioritized a high quality education, strong work ethic, and the importance of dreaming big. Justin and Michael’s mother, Arlene Lavner, was an award-winning elementary school teacher who instilled these values in her sons at an early age and continued to reinforce them throughout life. Arlene taught her sons how to learn, how to find a passion, and how to pursue it. As a result, Justin went on to become a student-athlete who excelled in school and tennis. Justin played in national and international junior tennis tournaments as a teenager and was one of the top singles/doubles players at the University of Pennsylvania.
Justin created Lavner Education to challenge the status quo of the education industry and bring the best educational experiences to kids worldwide. Lavner Education is a brand that is built on cutting-edge courses, proprietary curricula, the best instructors, the hottest topics, real-world skill building and having fun. It’s a brand that helps students find the joy in learning, building self-confidence, and achieving their goals. It’s a brand that prioritizes families and gives parents the peace-of-mind that their child is getting the best experience. It’s a brand that inspires everyone to try their best and make a difference in this world.
Now, Justin’s passion is bringing the power of Lavner Education to thousands of students each year, and working with an incredibly talented team that shares this mission. Through education, a strong vision, and lots of hard work, you can change the world.
Just like Mom said, “Find what you love and dedicate your life to it. That’s how you will make a difference.” Thanks, Mom!
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law – J.D. ’13
Brandeis University – B.A. ’08
Michael Lavner graduated from Brandeis University (cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts and earned a J.D. from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. In 2003, Michael was inducted into the Elite Students of America in recognition of his outstanding academic merit. As a member of this prestigious society, Michael was invited to participate in leadership conferences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Michael attended and graduated from Germantown Academy, where he made school athletic history as the only 6th grader to ever play a match for the Boys’ Varsity Tennis Team, which he captained his senior year. Playing for Team USA Basketball, Michael won a gold medal at the Pan-American games held in Santiago, Chile, and competed in many national basketball tournaments throughout his youth. Michael and his brother, Justin, were privileged to serve as co-hosts of “The Justin & Mike Sports Show” on 610AM Philadelphia Sports Radio. This program provided a stimulating opportunity to discuss and explore the power and influence of sports through insightful interviews and memorable accounts with nationally and locally renowned guests. Michael attended summer camps from ages 3 to 14, and believes in the impact of providing educational and enriching programs to kids and teens. During his junior year in college, Michael lived abroad as an exchange student in Rome with an Italian family that allowed him to travel throughout Europe. This experience provided wonderful opportunities to explore different cultures and bring important perspectives back home and to Lavner Education. Michael brings his tremendous energy, vision, and expertise to Lavner Education with the singular focus to enrich the lives of our students, families, and team members.
Team & Network of Educators
Our Year-Round team and network of educators include many high level professionals who bring a variety of talents and expertise to Lavner Education. Our National Office comprises a full-time tech team, creative arts division, and more! Lavner Team Members are visionaries, specialists, and educators who work hard all year – fully committed to offering the best camps and programs for our students. We also feature the best instructional staff in the business. Our incredibly talented network of summer staff include industry professionals, professors, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and more. We hire less than 3% of applicants for summer positions and focus on candidates who share our mission, love working with kids, and are committed to delivering a fantastic experience for our camp families.
Please note, some of our team members and testimonials are from previous summers. Check back for more incredible staff profiles for Summer 2023!
BA from Columbia University
Ezra advises Lavner Education in human capital, tech, and operations. He brings with him years of experience hiring staff and managing summer programs. He most looks forward to “seeing all of our amazing staff and kids!”
Masters in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education
Shira earned her Masters from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. With Founder & CEO Justin Lavner, Shira led the Lavner Camps We Champion Your Champion Initiative, a research-based and proprietary training program developed to train summer staff on building the self-esteem and confidence of its campers. Shira also advised Lavner in other educational endeavors and helped to set students up for success through 1-on-1 consultations in Lavner IQ and the STEAM Mentorship Program.
Onsite Director at UCLA
Doctoral Student at UCLA for Educational Leadership
“I am very excited about this summer’s Camp Tech Revolution! It will offer our campers access to learn next-generation technology from knowledgeable and engaging instructors. Having the camp situated on UCLA’s beautiful campus will provide exposure to a college culture that will inspire our campers toward academic excellence.”
Technology Instructor at UC Berkeley
Engineering Major at MIT
Ryan is both an athlete and engineer! He plays on the varsity Football and Track & Field teams at MIT. He cannot wait to share his passion and drive for all things technology, and is looking forward to being a positive role model for campers!
PhD from Temple University
Briana holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary and Special Education. She is excited to work with Lavner campers this summer to help them build confidence, learn lots of skills, and have fun! Briana loves summer camp, and is passionate about giving Lavner campers access to the best camp experience in the country.
Onsite Director at NYU
Elementary School Teacher, BA from NYU, Masters Program at University of Cambridge
Kayla holds a BA from NYU and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Philosophy at Cambridge. She is looking forward to helping campers learn and grow throughout the summer. She hopes that her passion for education will have a positive impact on the entire camp community!
Onsite Director at SFSU
Special Education/Math/Science Teacher, First Tech Challenge (FTC) and First Robotics Competition (FRC) lead mentor
“I am excited to work at Lavner this summer because I get to work with a great staff to provide a safe and instructional experience for campers. The environment that Lavner Camps provides is incredibly comforting and fun. I can’t wait to implement the new things that Lavner Camps has added to the fantastic summer programs that they offer. But most importantly I am excited to work with the wonderfully creative and inspiring youth that enroll every year.”
PhD Student in Chemistry at University of Chicago
“I love assisting our incredible instructors and hearing from parents about how excited their kids are for camp! I also am passionate about educating young people in the STEM fields and fostering their interest in technology from an early age.”
Fashion Instructor at Stuart Country Day School
BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Oxford University, Current PhD Art and Archaeology at Princeton University
“My name is Laura, and I will be a Sewing and Fashion Design camp instructor for Lavner Camps at Stuart Country Day School this summer. I taught myself to sew at an early age and have always enjoyed making costumes – from Victorian gowns to Disney princesses and Mary Poppins! I have always loved to create and am looking forward to sharing my skills with students this summer.”
Culinary Arts Instructor
Celebrity Chef, Winner of Chopped Jr., Top 3 Finish on The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
“I’m very excited for another fun summer of culinary arts with Lavner Camps! For me, creating memories in the kitchen while strengthening math & science skills is almost as rewarding as the delicious dishes we create each day.”
Onsite Director at Devon Preparatory School
PhD awardee at the Department of Biology Education, Munich, Germany, MS/HS Science Teacher at Devon Preparatory School
“I am excited to work with Lavner Camps at Devon Preparatory School. With my skills in organization and leadership, as well as my open and friendly character, I hope to make the camp a safe and unique experience full of learning opportunities, hands-on activities and fun for all students and staff. I am especially looking forward to experiencing the students’ passions and different personalities and being part of helping them develop their skills in different specialty camps.”
Consumer Science Teacher and Culinary Visionary
“I love Culinary Camp. I have wonderful summers teaching inquisitive campers how to prepare a variety of meals, both cooking and baking. They have tons of fun and learn how to make lots of delicious meals from recipes that are challenging and exciting.”
Filmmaking Camp Instructor at the University of Pennsylvania
“This summer I’m super pumped to see what everyone likes and turn it into some kind of art! I cannot wait to make some great friends, funny videos, and see our campers reach their goals.”
Technology Instructor at Carrollton School
Systems Science & Engineering Major at University of Pennsylvania
Jordan is a student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Engineering School. He has been interested in technology for as long as he can remember, and can’t wait to share this passion with Camp Tech Revolution campers in Miami! He hopes to use his experience to inspire the next generation of leaders in tech.
Fashion Instructor at NYU
Independent Designer – Featured in Women’s Essence Magazine
“Summer time, fun time, also a time to get creative through self expression. My favorite season to teach and immerse myself in all things art. As a Fashion Instructor at Lavner Camps, I get the opportunity to combine both of my passions while nurturing creative growth in my students as well as myself.”
Assistant Onsite Director at NYU
Graduate Student in Game Design at New York University
“I am a graduate student at NYU, studying Game Design. I am excited to share my love and enjoyment of game design with others this summer. It is my pleasure to work at Lavner Camps, and I can’t wait to meet everyone!”
Technology Instructor – Philadelphia Area
Studying at Carnegie Mellon University, former Lavner camper and CIT
Katie is a student at Carnegie Mellon studying Chemistry and Design For Learning. In her free time she enjoys oil painting and yoga. She draws on her years of experience as a Lavner Camps camper, CIT, and instructor! Katie is one of many campers who has benefited from the Lavner Camps experience and has achieved tremendous success in college and beyond!
Technology Instructor at NYIT-Long Island
Engineering Major at Cornell University
Alisha is a student in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her experiences growing up exposed her to the wonders of programs that provide experiential learning for students to discover what they’re passionate about. She is so excited to work at Lavner Camps because of the emphasis on working alongside other students who share the same genuine curiosity and keen willingness to learn to explore the depths of computer science and engineering!
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Check out information about our Main Line Summer Camps, where it all started.
Our Philadelphia Summer Camps consist of locations from Old City to University City.
Lavner Camps expands to the West Coast by adding three California Tech Camps!