Welcome to TeachKind, the humane-education division of PETA! Our mission is to help schools bring animal rights and compassion into the classroom. We work with hundreds of teachers and school staff across the country to help them incorporate humane education into their lesson plans, start animal-rights clubs, replace animal dissection with humane alternatives, get healthy vegan options in their cafeterias, and more.
We provide schools with free educational materials and even host classroom presentations on many different animal rights issues. Whether you want to get your entire school district to ban field trips to the circus or just want some information on teaching kids about vegan eating, TeachKind is here to answer your questions and provide free resources so that you can make a difference for animals.
We know that educators have the power to plant seeds that can grow into a passion for helping others, so we want to make humane education easy. We hope that with TeachKind, you’ll find what you need to bring animal rights into your school!
Meet Lisbet Chiriboga, M.S. Ed., Our TeachKind Program Manager
Hello! I’m Lisbet Chiriboga, PETA’s TeachKind program manager. I work out of PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the Sam Simon Center. Before joining PETA, I was a teacher in New York City for 12 years. I hold teaching licenses in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) for kindergarten through 12th grade and in elementary education for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, with an additional Bilingual Extension Certificate. I have served on the Executive Board of the United Federation of Teachers’ Humane Education Committee for the past decade. I was also one of the original founders of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART).
Throughout my teaching career, I’ve incorporated animal issues into classroom lessons. I’ve witnessed reluctant readers become motivated after learning about the plight of animals. I’ve also seen apathetic students with difficult behavior issues become the fiercest protectors of animals. Kids love animals, and we can use this inclination to help them not only learn academic content but also develop compassion.
As a former classroom teacher, I’m well aware of the demands placed on educators as well as their daily stresses. I also know that there are many teachers who understand that bringing animal issues into their classroom has great benefits to animals and children alike. Teachers have so little time these days, and in many cases, so little freedom to include “extra” lessons on anything that isn’t in the mandated curriculum. So I’m here to help you! Our lessons and other resources help you teach academic skills and foster empathy for animals simultaneously.
Here at TeachKind, I create lesson plans, visit schools to conduct teacher workshops and classroom presentations, and correspond with educators who want to make a difference for animals. Don’t hesitate to contact me for help with incorporating animal issues into your curriculum, and please share with us the great lessons that you create on your own.
I look forward to working with you.
Meet Megan Snyder, Our TeachKind Assistant Manager
Hello! I’m Megan Snyder, PETA’s TeachKind assistant manager. I work at the Sam Simon Center, PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. Before joining PETA, I taught in various public school systems in Virginia for two years. I’m certified to teach English to middle and high school students—although I’ve worked in some capacity with every age group—as well as to students with special needs. I’m an active member of the National Education Association and Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. I am also Google for Education–certified and love incorporating technology into my lessons.
My time in the classroom taught me that all students carry with them the beliefs and practices of their families and that if those customs are rooted in ignorance, education is the key to changing them. Since going vegetarian in 2008 and then vegan in 2013, animal activism has been a large part of my personal life. Together, these experiences led me to PETA, where I’m thrilled to be able to combine my love of language, rhetoric, and education with my mission to help end animal suffering.
Here at TeachKind, I strive to make the world a kinder place by helping teachers around the world bring humane education into the classroom. Whether it’s by mailing out coloring books, answering e-mails from teachers and replying to comments on TeachKind’s Facebook page, or writing creative and fun features and lesson plans for the TeachKind website, I hope to be of service to educators, learners, and animals everywhere.
Meet Samantha Suiter, M.A., Our Science Education Manager
Hello! I’m Samantha Suiter, PETA’s science education manager. I work remotely from sunny South Carolina, but you may have seen me at a science teacher conference in your town.
As an undergraduate, I deliberated between majors in modern dance and biology but ultimately decided to study plants and animals—and the rest is history! I earned my undergraduate degree in biology from the College of Charleston and my master’s in biology from The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. I began teaching at the college level soon after graduation.
I am a member of the TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers, the Association for Science Teacher Education, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society. Before coming to PETA, I worked in the biotech industry developing hematopoietic stem cell expansion and cryogenic media. Microscopy, particularly fluorescence, is my favorite!
In my position at PETA, I help educators replace animal dissection and experiments with comprehensive and interactive software programs. My team and I have helped implement several statewide and district-level dissection-choice policies with software donations to schools all around the world.
As an educator and a parent, I know that animals are not ours to use for education—or for any reason. My passion for animals and humane science is paramount, so I’m thrilled to effect ethical change in science education.