Ellen Sanchez

For over 25 years, I have worked with — and learned from — children and young people, in public schools and private schools, and in health and wellness organizations, focusing on filling the gap in education about sexuality and gender. I develop curricula and innovative programs for schools, communities, and families to address the social and emotional learning of students in this often-neglected area.

I design and deliver services to parents, teachers, school district officials, and social services professionals to prepare them as partners in the comprehensive education of young people.

My mission is to ensure that our children have well-informed and supportive adults in their lives who can guide them with compassion and understanding as they develop throughout their childhood and adolescence.


  • Train early childhood educators so they are prepared to answer the questions that arise naturally from preschoolers as they wonder about how their world works, where babies come from, what it means to be comfortable in their gender
  • Develop and deliver classroom programs for K–12 students as they move into and through puberty and adolescence
  • Develop and implement healthy relationships education and support groups in middle and high schools
  • Develop and deliver teacher training in individual schools and entire school districts to implement sexuality education and safe school climate strategies, K-12
  • Develop district policies for school boards and administrators
  • Train social workers to address sexuality and gender with children and adult clients
  • Train school personnel, parents and youth in bullying prevention and intervention strategies


  • Certification, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • California teaching credential, University of California, Irvine, CA
  • M.Ed, Lesley College, Cambridge, MA
  • BA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Professional Experience

  • Human Development Consultant in Los Angeles area schools, including Westland School, Children’s Community School, and Wesley School
  • Director of Education and Training, Planned Parenthood of Austin, Texas
  • Founder, Aubrey Center for Sexuality Education, Austin, Texas
  • Adjunct Instructor, University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work
  • National Trainer, Head Start, Bowman Associates Consulting, Austin, TX
  • Community Collaboration Director, Avanza Healthcare Strategies, Los Angeles
  • Grant Reviewer and Trainer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD
  • Senior Director of Community Services, SafePlace Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center, Austin, Texas
  • Project Director, Los Angeles Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program, Ramona Gardens-Hollenbeck Zone
  • Founder, Santana House Youth Action Center, Los Angeles
  • Founder, Gulf Coast Coalition for Public Health, Brownsville, Texas