Dr. Samuel T. King, a native of Smithville, Georgia, has over twenty-seven years of public education experience and is in the midst of his seventh year as Superintendent of the Rockdale County Public Schools. He began his career as a classroom teacher of mathematics and science at the high school, middle and elementary levels. Dr. King attended Mercer University earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle Grades Education and then earned a Masters Degree and Specialist Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from University of West Georgia. He received his Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota (Argosy).
As a proven leader and renowned public education advocate, Dr. King was named Georgia's 2011 Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) after being a finalist for the past three consecutive years. This year, Dr. King was awarded the first Sybil Yastrow Leading for Learning Superintendent's Grant. He was also appointed to the Advisory Committee for the Vision Project for Public Education in Georgia, a joint venture of the GSBA and the GSSA. This project will focus on the intellectual development of all students: that will prepare them to be contributing members of a democratic society; that will embrace world-class standards; that will promote 21st Century skills; that will gain the support of state and local policy makers; and that will be enthusiastically supported by the citizens of our State.
In 2008, Dr. King was named Outstanding Educator by the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL). He is a graduate of the Governor's School Leadership Institute and the Superintendent Professional Development Program (SPDP) of the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA). In addition, he has completed America's Choice Leadership Institute training, is a member of the national Horace Mann League and the Century Club 100. Century Club 100 is committed to fostering educational leadership through a nationwide idea exchange in coordination with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and is made up of two active superintendents from each state. He serves as President of the Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) and is a past president of the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Service Agency (MRESA) Governing Board.
Dr. King was honored with an invitation to participate in the National Center for Education Research and Technology (NCERT) where top-performing superintendents from across the country are brought together with successful business leaders to provide advice and support for improving education. Prior to his tenure as Superintendent, Dr. King was also selected to join the Broad Foundation's National Urban Superintendent's Academy, an organization where proven leaders participated in rigorous training forums to strengthen their abilities as overseers of urban school districts.
Dr. King is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Education Association, the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. He is a Charter Member of the Stockbridge-Jonesboro Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Incorporated.
Dr. King is proud that during his tenure, Rockdale County Public Schools has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the past six consecutive years, has seen its dropout rate reduced and has posted its highest graduation rate since the beginning of the accountability era.
He and his wife, Pearl, reside in Rockdale County and have three sons and a daughter.