SC Top 20 Under 40
Craig Q. King
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. Mr. King is the CEO and founder of the Craig King Group, LLC. His organization provides leadership development, motivational and inspirational speeches, classroom management professional development, Lego Robotics Camps, and much more. He is a former third grade teacher and taught at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, South Carolina for seven years. He has served as an education consultant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
He is a 2004 and 2007 graduate of South Carolina State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. While attending SCSU, he joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and was a presidential scholar. Mr. King is a National Board Certified Teacher holding his certification as an Early Childhood Generalist. 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. He was a 2015 recipient of The State Newspaper 20 under 40 Award. Mr. King was also selected as Teacher of the Week twice on February 2007 and December 2007 by WLTX News 19. He served as adjunct professor with South Carolina State University’s Honors College teaching Leadership Development for two years.
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 17 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. He has partnered with United Ministries of Manning, SC and Friends of the Homeless of Columbia, SC to collect food, clothes, and raise money for the homeless and needy. He is an Adopt a Highway Program participant to ensure the roads of South Carolina remain litter free.
Mr. King is married to Tasia King and has one daughter, Saniah. He is a proud 17-year cancer survivor and understands his purpose in life is to capture, inspire, teach, and serve the people of the world.