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Al Vernacchio, MSEd
Al Vernacchio, M.S. Ed. teaches at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, PA. He is the Upper School Sexuality Educator and chair of the English department.
Al teaches Sexuality and Society, a 12th grade year-long human sexuality class, as well as variety of English classes, including Literature and Composition I, American Literature, and Literature of the Western World. In addition, Al has created and taught seminar courses, including Literature of the Holocaust, The Graphic Novel, and Speaking Out: Queer Voices in Literature. In addition to his 12th grade course, as the Upper School's sexuality educator Al conducts a short course in human sexuality for all 9th graders, organizes special programs and assemblies (such as the annual observance of World AIDS Day), and provides parent education regarding human sexuality. Al is also one of the faculty advisors for the school's Gay-Straight Alliance.
Prior to coming to Friends' Central, Al worked as the Volunteer Coordinator and Trainer at ActionAIDS, Philadelphia's largest AIDS-service organization (1994-1998). There he was responsible for curriculum design, training and educating both in-house staff and the larger community, and managing a volunteer force of over 300 dedicated men and women.
Al began his teaching career at St. Joseph's Preparatory School, his alma mater, teaching Religious Studies, English, and Human Sexuality (1987-1993).
A Human Sexuality educator and consultant for over 20 years, Al has taught graduate-level courses in Human Sexuality and HIV/AIDS, designed and facilitated sexuality-themed workshops, and offered lectures at local colleges, universities, civic, and professional organizations. He has published book chapters and lesson plans on sexuality-related issues. Al's work was featured in the New York Times Magazine cover story "Teaching Good Sex," published in November 2011.
Al earned his Bachelor's Degree in Theology from St. Joseph's University (1986) and his Master's Degree in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania (1993). Al is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), 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 partner, Michael, live in the Germantown section of the city.