The Burke County Board of Education has selected Dr. Mike Swan to serve as Superintendent of Burke County Public Schools beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Swan was chosen from a competitive field of 13 applicants.
Dr. Swan is a 23-year veteran educator in Burke County Public Schools. He was recruited out of West Virginia University to become a fifth-grade teacher at Chesterfield Elementary School in 1998. He also taught at Ray Childers Elementary School and served as assistant principal at Liberty Middle School, Heritage Middle School and Freedom High School before becoming principal at Heritage and later at Freedom. In 2016, he was named the district’s first Director of Student Services. In December of 2020, he was named assistant superintendent and in April of 2021, he was named interim superintendent.
Dr. Swan’s goals as superintendent for the district include high school graduation, workforce development, technology, developing school leaders, community partnerships and overall staying student-centered.
Dr. Swan’s first job out of high school in West Virginia was working on barges on the Ohio River. A product of a community college in West Virginia, Swan went on to earn his Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Elementary Education from West Virginia University. After moving to North Carolina, he obtained a Master’s of Arts degree in School Administration from Gardner Webb University and completed his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University in 2020.