HUMANE Education

The East Bay SPCA promotes compassion for all living things through our Education Programs.

Our programs explore how we might live with compassion and respect for everyone: not just our friends and neighbors, but all people; not just our own dogs and cats, but all animals and living beings; and not just our own homes, but also the Earth itself.

Below are some of the programs the East Bay SPCA offers for students of all ages. For more information on or questions about any of our programs, please send us an email.


Justin Kurup - Humane Education Supervisor
As the Humane Education Supervisor, Justin plans to use his years of informal education programming experience to the organization's benefit. Justin graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors in Animal Science with an emphasis in companion & captive animals. Currently Justin is pursuing his Masters in Urban Education and Social Justice. Previously, Justin has taught life skills & competitive speech at the high school level. Though his true passion is education, Justin has enjoyed working at several large animal agricultural facilities as well. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area, Justin has been able to form many relationships & connections with the communities, rescue groups, & veterinary clinics he has served over the past decade. He has been devoted to a humane lifestyle and gets to bring the kids' favorite playful pit mix, Meeko to work every day. Justin believes that working with diverse populations is the best part of his job!

Courtney Campbell – Humane Education Coordinator 
Courtney graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Integrative Biology hoping to follow in the footsteps of her idols Steve Irwin and David Attenborough. Her career post-graduation has taken her to several animal organizations including the Aquarium of the Bay, the East Bay Vivarium, the San Francisco Zoo, the Oakland Zoo, and now here at the East Bay SPCA! Courtney has a balance of experience in animal care and education and always has a fun animal fact ready for any situation. At home, Courtney enjoys downtime with her pet Uromastyx lizard Drogie, and her Dalmatian mix Pongo, who she adopted recently from East Bay SPCA. She enjoys hiking while looking for birds and reptiles to photograph and loves a good adventure.  Courtney hopes to inspire at any age an interest in studying animals and the desire to help animals in need.

Susan Cordero - Humane Education Coordinator 
Susan has always been an avid animal lover and greatly enjoys sharing her animal knowledge whenever she gets a chance. As a graduate from Sonoma State University (SSU) with a bachelor’s in communications and a theatre minor, Susan has worked with youth of all ages in interactive and immersive learning environments. She has had experience teaching children’s theater and film techniques at SSU, Petaluma Community Access TV, Industrial Strength Productions, and various local theater companies in the North Bay. Additionally, she has worked as an educator at Kidango preschools and various camps including Exploring New Horizons and the East Bay SPCA’s Animal Camp. Susan is ecstatic to cultivate youth’s interest in the importance of animal welfare in a field that combines both her love of animals and the joy of enlightening young minds.