Biography

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Al Vernacchio teaches at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA.  He is the

N-12 Sexuality Education Coordinator and also the chair of the Upper School English department.  In his work as Sexuality Education Coordinator, Al teaches classes, 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 (GSoA).  

A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 25 years, Al has lectured, published articles, and offered workshops throughout the country.  His work has been featured in “Teaching Good Sex”, a November 20, 2011 cover story in The New York Times Magazine.  Al has given four TED Talks, and has appeared on national programs such as NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “1A”.  He is the author of For Goodness Sex: Changing the Way We Talk to Young People About Sexuality, Values, and Health published by Harper Wave, a division of HarperCollins.

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

Porn and the Teenage Brain

On NPR’s “1A”, Joshua Johnson, following up on the New York Times magazine piece by Maggie Jones, speaks about how some teens, use pornography as their guide to sex and relationships, and if porn literacy classes can help.

How Much Do Teenagers Know About Sex And The Law?

On NPR’s “Morning Edition”, 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.