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San Antonio Educators Win Nationwide ‘Trainer of the 12 months’ Titles


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Might 2, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

San Antonio – Simply in time for Trainer Appreciation Month (Might), TeachKind—PETA’s humane training division—has topped co-winners in its nationwide 2022 Trainer Appreciation Contest: Anne Frank Encourage Academy (AFIA) educators Zach Sokoloski and Steve Calamars. By means of analysis tasks, subject journeys to fulfill rescued pigs, and far more, Sokoloski and Calamars are serving to their highschool college students discover the animal points they’re captivated with—and, alongside the best way, educating them compassion for all sentient beings.

Each quarter, AFIA college students select a brand new analysis venture, and Sokoloski and Calamars have helped their college students delve into matters such because the cruelty of the fishing trade and the influence of oil spills on animals and the setting. With their steering, college students eagerly talk about how animal rights intersect with different points that younger folks additionally care about—such because the local weather disaster, deforestation, and plastic air pollution—and how one can problem speciesism, the archaic perception that different animals are inferior to people. Sokoloski and Calamars have additionally supported two college students in beginning a e book membership centered on animal rights—and now the members even embrace Sokoloski’s father.

Exterior their classroom, the duo has organized a subject journey to a pig sanctuary in Central Texas, and lots of college students who met the rescued pigs instructed Sokoloski and Calamars that they have been going to cease consuming meat. The 2 compassionate lecturers additionally took college students to see PETA’s touring “With out Consent” exhibit, which reveals the lengthy historical past of struggling inflicted on nonconsenting animals in laboratories.

“Whether or not they’re discussing how going vegan can battle air pollution or chaperoning college students on journeys to eye-opening animal rights shows, these lecturers are serving to their college students suppose critically about how our actions have an effect on others,” says PETA Senior Director of Youth Packages Marta Holmberg. “TeachKind is delighted to honor them for constructing modern curricula that encourage younger folks to champion justice for animals.”

Along with framed “Trainer of the 12 months” certificates, Sokoloski and Calamars will obtain vegan prize packages that embrace a sustainably made Mountain backpack from “PETA-Accredited Vegan” firm Lefrik and a vegan picnic bag full of specialty vegan snacks.

TeachKind—whose motto reads, partly, that “animals aren’t ours to abuse in any method”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. The group affords free sources, displays, classes, and extra to assist lecturers add compassion to their curriculum.

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