Recognizing Outstanding Catholic School Educators

NCEA has a longstanding tradition of honoring and recognizing excellence and distinguished service in Catholic school education. We are happy to announce the seventh annual Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards that recognize outstanding efforts, contributions, and achievements on behalf of Catholic school education.

Nominations for the NCEA 2022 Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards are now open!

In order to nominate someone, please submit a 90-second video answering the question: "How is this Catholic educator a hero in your community?" All videos become property of NCEA and both awardees and nominees may be asked to contribute to NCEA's work to promote Catholic education in the future. Nominations are due by February 5, 2022.

Nominate an Individual


School administrators (principals, presidents, and heads of school), pastors, teachers and diocesan leaders who are currently employed and have served in Catholic education for at least five years may be nominated for this award. Additionally, nominees must be a member of NCEA. (If you are unsure, please visit to look up their school). Self-nomination is not permitted and nominators can only nominate one person. Students and parents may nominate an individual. Nominator may not be related or in a relationship with the nominee.



If you have questions regarding the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards program, please contact Annie Smith, Vice President of Research and Data.







  • Exercises responsible decision-making
  • Realizes and implements the school’s mission and vision
  • Works collaboratively toward continuous school improvement
  • Actively models service to others within the community
  • Demonstrates faithful stewardship of resources
  • Engages in responsible financial planning in collaboration with others
  • Utilizes outside resources as appropriate to their position to promote operational vitality
  • Contributes to long-term planning for continuous improvement to realize the mission of Catholic education
  • Supports rigorous academic program that integrates the faith across subject areas
  • Collaborates to achieve continuous improvement of instructional practice
  • Creatively engages and motivates others to meet the needs of all students
  • Demonstrates commitment to personal improvement through professional development and ongoing faith formation
  • Guides students in 21st-century skills, including technology integration
  • Supports the development of student and family life
  • Embraces Catholic Identity
  • Demonstrates Gospel values
  • Adheres to school mission
  • Contributes to student and/or adult faith formation
  • Participates in liturgical and communal prayer and service
  • Promotes the school mission and vision thorough meaningful communication, marketing and development

Winners of the Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Awards 2021

LLP Award Winners 2021