Meet Our Coordinator

Richelle FrabottaRichelle Frabotta

Richelle has been a professional Sexuality Educator since 1992; certified as an Educator by the American Association of Sexuality Educator Counselors and Therapists since 1996 and as a Supervisor since 2015.  She teaches a multitude of subjects that are Human Sexuality to 4th – 12th grades in schools, institutions of higher education, public, private and non-profit organizations, faith communities, alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, jails…anywhere she is invited…for a cumulative number of students in the thousands. When training colleagues and those working in human services, she emphasizes that sexuality education should be taught from a medically accurate, compassionate, and person-centered perspective with methods that are developmentally relevant, culturally inclusive, grounded in research and best practices, and informed by a code of ethics.  She never forgets that teaching also means learning from her students.

Currently, Richelle occupies Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where she serves as an Instructor in the Family Science and Social Work Department, is Coordinator of the Dennis L. Carlson Sexuality Education Studies Center, and wrapping up her doctoral program (Leadership, Culture and Curriculum) in the United State’ oldest Educational Leadership department. Her two-plus decade experiences in community-based education informs her research. Richelle’s scholarship challenges contemporary sex ed curriculum standards (centering on the benefits of a personally reflective, comprehensive curriculum) and teaching preparation practices (supporting those who want to be/are credentialed and trained). She is an active volunteer member for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists serving in numerous leadership positions over the years. She also has provided service for Look Both Ways (Colorado), Health Care Education and Training (Indiana), and Parents Families/Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Ohio), state of Ohio maternal and child health committees, teen pregnancy prevention groups. This lead singer in a classic rock band was raised in a traditional Catholic home and strongly influenced by education professionals who value the power of progressive teaching pedagogy. Richelle has a profound respect for diversity of all kinds, believes in prevention education and endeavors to empower people to make healthy choices for sexual pleasure, health and wellness.  Teaching about Human Sexuality is Richelle’s passion…she loves her work and can think of nothing else she’d rather do than talk about sex/ual/ity, ba-beeee!