Meet our Trainers

 Christina Barruel -  (Auckland, Waikato and Hawkes Bay regions)

Christina has trained thousands of student peer mediators and teachers during her 24 year association with Cool Schools both as a School Programme Coordinator and in her present position as School Programmes Manager and Trainer for The Peace Foundation. In this role she leads a team of trainers who work in schools throughout New Zealand empowering students and staff with life-long conflict management skills for both personal and professional use. Christina has also introduced the programme to schools in Fiji, Hong Kong, Iceland and, more recently, Los Angeles, USA. Christina comes from a primary teaching background. She has had over 25 years teaching experience in both primary and secondary schools. Her contribution to The Peace Foundation has been invaluable. She has worked at developing world-class peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation programmes for schools. During 2011, Christina was recognized for her contribution to peace education in New Zealand and was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship. This enabled her to spend time with an organization in Seattle, Washington State, USA, who also provide successful peer mediation programmes for schools. “This amazing experience equipped me with lots of ideas and strategies. These have really helped to enhance our own school programmes.” Christina continues to remain passionate about her work. She considers it a privilege to work in schools teaching peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation skills … what she loves most. Furthermore, she says, “I have the opportunity every day to remind myself… I must practice what I preach!”  

Phone: 027 272 9331         
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Tracy Scott - (South Island regions)


Tracy Scott started her mediator/trainer journey 14 years ago at the only not-for-profit community mediation centre in South Eastern Virginia while working on her Masters in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University. She spent 6 years as a Virginia Supreme Court Certified Genera/Family/Circuit Court Family Mediator, mentor and trainer and the Centre's Training coordinator.While there she presented at the Virginia Mediation Network and North Carolina Mediation Network Conferences and at the National Conference for Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution. She returned to New Zealand 9 years ago and completed her Masters including Community Change and Civic Leadership.She worked for 6 years as a DBH Tenancy Mediator and currently works as a private practice mediator/trainer and coordinator of the Christchurch Community Mediation Service as well as the Peace Foundation’s South Island Cool Schools and LtPM (Leadership through Peer Mediation) Programmes Trainer. She also presented last year at the Virginia Mediation Network Fall Conference on the topic of Community Mediation in New Zealand, and again this year at the LEADR Kon Gres Conference.  She is a LEADR Accredited Panel Member and AMINZ Affiliate.

Phone: 021 055 9575   or (03) 980 3512