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Dr. Samuel T. King, a native of Smithville, Georgia, has 30 years of public education experience. He was sworn in as Superintendent of Norfolk Public Schools on July 2, 2012, after seven years as Superintendent of the Rockdale County Public Schools in Georgia.
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. He then earned a Master’s Degree and Specialist Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from University of West Georgia. He received his Doctoral 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). Dr. King was awarded the first Sybil Yastrow Leading for Learning Superintendent's Grant from the Ohio-based Learning Forward Foundation. He also was 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.
He has completed America's Choice Leadership Institute training, and he 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. In 2013, he was selected to be in the first cohort of superintendents to participate in the two-year AASA National Certification Program. Dr. King also was honored with an invitation to 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.
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 under his leadership, Norfolk Public Schools engaged in a year-long, community-wide effort to develop a five-year Strategic Plan designed to transform NPS into the cornerstone of a proudly diverse community. After that process, the School Board adopted the Strategic Plan in July 2013, and the division is in the first phase of implementation. As a component of the Strategic Plan, Dr. King led the development of the NPS Transformation Initiative, an ambitious plan to improve student achievement by transforming school culture. He introduced and implemented districtwide the NPS Cycle for Results, a six-step process for highly effective classroom teaching, including safety nets and enrichments to ensure that all students meet and exceed standards. He also has strengthened NPS’ relationships with multiple community partners, and established a collaborative, team approach with the City of Norfolk to build five new school buildings.
Dr. King is married to Pearl King. They have three grown sons and a daughter.