"What I love is that we are opening a Catholic Education to all students from any background." - MB

Diane Quinn and Mary Bianco are EMBRACE Educators going through the Benedictine College licensure program for Special Education.

Diane Quinn has been teaching math in Catholic Education for 16 years. She took a break in the the middle to take care of her sons and when all were in school she returned to teaching. She is wife to Anthony, mom to four teenage sons, 5th and 6th grade math teacher at Nativity Parish School and 2 year breast cancer survivor.

Mary Bianco has been teaching in Catholic Education for 5 years. She loves being able to teach each student that walks through her door the love of God and neighbor, as you only can in a Catholic School setting. Mary is newly married, and is expecting a little baby boy in early April. She teaches 3rd Grade at Nativity Parish School.

They both express what they love about the program and how it brings inclusive education to all within the Catholic Schools. Keep watching below to hear their joy!


Interested in becoming an EMBRACE Educator?

Benedictine College and EMBRACE are teaming up to offer a licensure program in Special Education for 10 existing teachers employed in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. Grants for tuition and fees are made possible by the generous contributions of donors supporting the mission of EMBRACE.

To apply, complete the application here, and please send a letter of stated interest for how you plan to use your special education licensure upon completion. Your letter of interest can be emailed to info@embraceks.org or mailed to:


Attn. SPED Scholarship Committee

8900 State Line Road Ste. 500

Leawood, KS 66206

*Scholarship recipients will not be required to move into a special education position following program completion.

**Each scholarship recipient will be required to remain an educator in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas at a Catholic school for 4 years following completion of the licensure program or they will be required to reimburse EMBRACE for the full value of their scholarship.


The mission of EMBRACE is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive education by providing the resources to support these children in their home parish schools.