Staff: Mara Giglio, Director and Trainer

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.

Ms. Giglio has taught Second Step, a bully and violence prevention curriculum, since 2007. She has taught over 60 Second Step classes (23 lessons each) at Alexander Elementary, Amesville Elementary, the Athens Middle School, Chauncey Elementary, the 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 teachers, guidance counselors and school social workers how to run the curriculum.

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, Ms. Giglio 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. She received teachings from the Dalai Lama and visited Gandhi’s ashram and Mother Theresa’s orphanages to experience first-hand how nonviolence is taught and lived.

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