NCEA Social Media Influencer? Game On.

Stumbled across this little gem on my travels across the almighty interwebs this week. Using social media to pump up excitement for a game-changing approach to Catholic education? Sounds right up my alley. And a free trip to Chicago for the winner? I’m your huckleberry.

Details below!


Are you a teacher who is committed to Catholic school education and eager to grow your social media network?  Are you already or have the desire to become an established social media influencer? If you answered yes to either of those questions, make sure to fill out the application form today!

NCEA is pleased to continue the Social Media Influencer Contest for its third year to help one social savvy Catholic school teacher travel and attend the NCEA 2019 Convention & Expo. The nomination period will be open from July 27 – September 7, 2018.

Teachers from any NCEA member school are invited to apply. Individuals must submit an entry form for themselves to be eligible for the competition. All participants must have an active Twitter account to cross-promote their social media posts. Themes will be shared with participants prior to the contest start. Entrants must send a list of all social media platforms they intend to use, including usernames and links of the accounts and sites they wish to utilize. NCEA will highlight all selected individuals and their bios on NCEA Talk the Blog the week prior to the contest start date. Applications must be received by 11:59 PM EDT September 7, 2018.

Click here to nominate yourself today!

Please compile submission materials before beginning the application*

  • Name of Applicant
  • Title/Position of Applicant
  • School Name the Applicant works at
  • Name of Arch/Diocese the Applicant’s school resides
  • Email of the Applicant
  • Intended social media handles of the Applicant
  • School’s NCEA Membership Number (if known)
  • Applicant’s photo
  • Essay – In 500 words or less, please include why you would like to participate in the Social Media Influencer Contest. Be creative!

How it works:

For ten weeks, NCEA will follow the progress of up to 10 Catholic school teachers who are making their own mark in the social realm of Catholic education. NCEA will provide a topic for each week and each participant will use social media to share, engage and inspire the online community.

The contest is open to those who are seasoned in social networking as well as those who are newcomers – no prior experience necessary – just the drive to be creative in the social media world! Entrants MUST participate using Twitter with the use of additional platforms optional, but preferred. Additional platforms include but are not limited to; Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Blogs, Periscope, Vine, Instagram, Snapchat and/or other.*

The selected Catholic school social media influencers will begin their online networking on September 24, 2018 and continue for ten weeks. NCEA will be active in their efforts to increase their following, spread their messages and spur their engagement via cross promotion of their social strategies.  All entrants must follow @NCEATalk on Twitter and cross promote their social media presence using hashtag: #CathEdSocial

Judging Criteria:

A judging team made up of NCEA staff and Catholic school education professionals will be evaluating all the participants in the following areas: relevance to weekly theme, engagement with audience, presentation, use of images and video, and overall excellence. Halfway through the contest, all participants will be updated on the current rankings. A winner will be selected on or around December 19, 2018.


  • 1st Place: Registration for NCEA 2019 paid for by NCEA, 2 nights stay at a nearby hotel and $500 Gift Card* towards travel and other NCEA 2019 expenses.
  • Runner-Up: Registration for NCEA 2019 paid for by NCEA.
  • Third place participant receives a $100 NCEA gift certificate to be used at the NCEA Store.

For questions and additional information, please contact Ryan Lombardozzi, NCEA Social Media Coordinator at

After the competition, NCEA reserves the right to share any and all social media postings the competitors publish in the NCEA Learning Resource Library. Full credit will be given to the social media influencer.

*This contest is no way affiliated with any of the aforementioned social media networks. Only Catholic school teachers from NCEA member schools are eligible to apply.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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