Mara Giglio (Jee-lee-oh) has worked for the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN) and as a state-wide trainer for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (OCDRCM) since 1999. At APJN she provides training on bully and violence prevention, conflict management and peer mediation. Mara has been teaching Second Step bully and violence prevention classes since 2007. She has taught 51 Second Step classes (twenty two lessons each) at Amesville Elementary, Chauncey Elementary, Federal Hocking Middle School, the Plains Elementary, Trimble Elementary and West Elementary schools. Ms. Giglio was trained by Second Step’s founders in Seattle, WA. to teach the curriculum as well as to train others to teach it.
Ms. Giglio is a volunteer mediator for the Athens Area Mediation Service.
Ms. Giglio has taught six classes through Ohio University on School Conflict Management. In 2005, she traveled to Indonesia to train educators and activists in peer mediation.
In 1998, Mara received her B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a focus on Peace Education. During her junior year in college and after she graduated, she traveled extensively in India, Nepal and Tibet receiving teachings from the Dalai Lama and visiting Gandhi’s ashram and Mother Theresa’s orphanages to experience first hand how nonviolence was taught and lived.