Mike Swan, Principal

Patriot Nation,


            The 2016-2017 School year marks my 18th year as an Educator in the Burke County Public School system.  I have been fortunate to have worked around amazing educators within the county for the last several years.    


             I have 8 combined years experience as an assistant principal at both Heritage and Liberty Middle Schools in Burke County and 5 years as principal.   I am from West Virginia but have lived in Burke County for the last 18 years. I attended West Virginia University and went to graduate School at Gardner –Webb University.  My beautiful wife –Sara and my 15 year old son- Walt, and our 1 year old daughter-Hadley keep me busy when I am not at work.  I enjoy hunting, fishing and spending time outside with my family and friends. 


            I am eager to get the 2016-2017 school year started and am looking forward to forming strong, positive partnerships between the staff, students, and community of FHS. Please know that my door is always open and I encourage you to stop by any time. It truly is an honor to be at Freedom and I know that together, we will have another enjoyable and successful school year at Freedom High School.


Thank you for your continued support.


Shane Gardner, Assistant Principal

Shane Gardner has served in Burke County schools since 1997.   He is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor of science in History, Secondary Education, a master’s in Social Sciences and licensure in administration.  He taught social studies at Freedom High School for twelve years prior to becoming an instructional coach for the county.  Mr. Gardner is in his fifth year as an assistant principal.  


Caroline Howard, Assistant Principal

Casey Rogers, Assistant Principal
Coach Rogers has been involved in education for 12 years with all of those coming at Freedom High School. He is a 1998 graduate of Freedom.  He earned his B.S.B.A. in Business Law from Western Carolina University, earned his Masters degree in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee, and completed his School Administration degree form Appalachian State University. In addition to his assistant principal position, he is also the Athletic Director and head men's basketball coach.

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