Biography   large_photo342613_46007591Al Vernacchio teaches at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA.  He is the Upper School Sexuality Educator and also teaches in the English department. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, Al organizes sexuality-themed programs and assemblies, provides parent education on human sexuality topics, and is one of the faculty advisors for the Gender and Sexual Orientation Alliance.   A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country.  His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex”, a November, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine.  In addition Al has given four TED Talks, and appeared on national platforms such as NPR’s “Morning Edition”.  He is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Teens About Sexuality, Values, and Health published by Harper-Collins.   Al earned his BA in Theology from St. Joseph’s University and his MSEd in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is a member of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) and Advanced Sexuality Educators and Trainers (ASET).  A native Philadelphian, Al and his husband, Michael, live in the Germantown section of the city.

Al in the News


How Much Do Teenagers Know About Sex And The Law?

Steve Inskeep talks to Al Vernacchio, a sexuality educator, about the challenges he faces teaching kids about what’s legal and what’s not when it comes to sex.
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Behind Closed Doors: The Underwear Test

Dad and son talking

Popular sex-ed instructor Al Vernacchio schools parents on talking to their kids

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The 10 Best TED Talks About Love That Are Perfect for Valentine’s Day

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High-school sexuality educator from Germantown to receive AIDS Fund Founder’s Award


GSE Grad asks, ”What’s Your Sexual Footprint?” (February 21, 2013)

What we talk

“What We Talk About When We Talk About Pizza”

A Spoonful of sugar

A spoonful of sugar: Reflections on being a wedding officiant and a sexuality educator

Learn more about Al’s work as a wedding officiant here.