#CathEdSocial, Here I Come


Exciting news to share with everyone on the Catholic Education front this week, as the National Catholic Education Association just announced their full slate of 2019 Social Media Influencers. And to cut right to the chase: I’m honored to have been selected as one of eight finalists from schools, parishes, and dioceses across the United States to help join in this interactive approach to friendly gauntlet of pre-conference competition.

The goal: use social media (primarily Twitter) to help get teachers talking about Catholic education, and spread the word about all the amazing things that are happening in Catholic schools across the country.

The prize: one all-expense paid trip to Chicago for the 2019 NCEA Annual Conference.

Want to play along? Verbatim, from the NCEA website…

“As always, NCEA encourages everyone to follow, retweet and interact with our contestants using #CathEdSocial – to spread their messages and spur their engagement via cross promotion of their social strategies!”

  • Week 1 (September 24): Why Choose Catholic Education?
  • Week 2: (October 1): Professional Development for Catholic Educators
  • Week 3: (October 8): Early Childhood Education
  • Week 4: (October 15): Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed
  • Week 5: (October 22): STREAM
  • Week 6: (October 29): Exceptional Learning in Catholic Schools
  • Week 7: (November 5): Digital Discipleship
  • Week 8: (November 12): NCEA 2019: Convention and Expo – Prelim. Sessions of Interest
  • Thanksgiving Break: November 19 – 23: No Posts
  • Week 9: (November 26): Leadership in Catholic Schools
  • Week 10: (December 3): Catholic Identity

Best of luck to fellow finalists

Megan Sprenger
Teacher at St. Francis Xavier School
Diocese of Jefferson City

Bobbie French
Principal at Saint Anna Catholic School
Diocese of Worcester

Emily Thompson
5th grade teacher at St. Pius V School
Diocese of Providence

Doreen Engel
Adjunct Faculty Member and Professional Development Consultant at the The Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education
Diocese of Providence

Amy Pietrowski
Language Arts teacher at the School of the Incarnation
Archdiocese of Baltimore

Keven Rinaman
Director of Technology at Calvert Catholic Schools
Diocese of Toldedo

Denise Brickler
Middle school Math and Science teacher at Christ the King Catholic School
Archdiocese of St. Louis

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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