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 trainings on bulling and violence prevention, bystander intervention, compassionate communication, conflict management, consent, gender stereotypes, media literacy and peer mediation.

Ms. Giglio has taught Second Step, a bullying and violence prevention curriculum, since 2007. She has taught over 65 23-week classes at Alexander Elementary, Amesville Elementary, Athens Middle, Chauncey Elementary, East Elementary, Federal Hocking Middle and High, 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 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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