Staff: Mara Giglio, Director and Trainer

Greetings Everyone!

My name is Mara Giglio (Jee-lee-oh) and I’ve been the Director & Trainer of the Appalachian Peace and Justice Network (APJN) since 1999. At APJN, I specialize in teaching social emotional skills to prevent bullying and violence. I’ve taught 75 23-lesson bullying prevention classes at fourteen Athens County Schools and after-school programs. I’ve been a state-wide Bullying & Violence Prevention Trainer for the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. I am currently a Mediator with the Athens Area Mediation Service and am training to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a trauma healing and prevention practitioner.

In 1998, I received a B.A. from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a focus on Peace Education. During my junior year in college and after I graduated, I traveled extensively in India, Nepal, and Tibet. I received teachings from the Dalai Lama and visited Gandhi’s ashram and Mother Theresa’s orphanages to experience first-hand how nonviolence was taught and lived.

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  1. Hello Mara,

    I am Susan Dietz who you have encountered throughout the years at the Logan Presbyterian Gift Market. I spoke to you briefly this year about speaking to my Early Childhood Education students at Hocking College.

    The second year students take a class that addresses Family, School, and Community. One topic the class addresses is community service and support agencies. I was hoping you could speak to the students regarding the role of Appalachian Peace and Justice has played in local schools as well as the content you share with students. An understanding of the population of this area would also be helpful since the students will be completing Practicums two days a week in local schools. Bullying and diversity are both current issues that new classroom teachers need to address as well.

    The class meets on Mondays from 9-11:50. Would February 26 work for you? If not, we can look at other dates. You are welcome to take all or part of the class session.

    Let me know what questions you have and what clarity I can offer.

    Thanks,
    Susan Dietz
    Early Childhood Education
    Program Manager
    Hocking College

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