Mr. Craig Q. King is a native of Manning, South Carolina and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. He serves as Director of Governmental Affairs for the Palmetto State Teachers Association. In this position, he advocates for public education in South Carolina. He is a former third grade teacher and taught at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, South Carolina for seven years. Mr. King is a National Board Certified Teacher holding his certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. He is a 2004 and 2007 graduate of South Carolina State University where he received his B.S. in Elementary Education and his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. He is the 2007-2008 District Teacher of the Year for Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five and the recipient of the 2008 Charles Dickerson Community Service Award given to one South Carolina teacher for service to the community. Mr. King was also selected as Teacher of the Week twice on February 2007 and December 2007 by WLTX News 19.
Mr. King served as adjunct professor with South Carolina State University’s Honors College teaching Leadership Development for two years. He also serves as an education consultant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Mr. King is passionate about service and uplifting his community. He is a mentor and counselor for children with cancer and volunteers with the Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital and Camp Kemo Programs. He has been an annual contributor to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Camp Kemo Programs for over 14 years and is the founder of Craig Q. King’s Celebration of Life Gala which raises funds for Camp Kemo and the Relay for Life. Along with his family and support from the community, over $100,000 has been raised for cancer research and programs that support individuals affected by cancer. Mr. King is an avid supporter of the Adopt a Highway program and has developed a Lego Robotics Camp for local churches and youth groups. He has partnered with United Ministries of Manning, SC and Friends of the Homeless of Columbia to collect food, clothes, and raise money for the homeless and needy. Craig also dedicates his birthday every year paying it forward. He started the Craig Q. King’s Pay it Forward Birthday in 2010 and has paid it forward every year since.
Mr. King is the author of the book, The Path to Exceptional Living: 15 Lessons to Living an Extraordinary Life. Mr. Craig Q. King is a proud 18-year cancer survivor and understands his purpose in life is to capture, inspire, teach, and serve the people of the world!