Get to Know Mike Swearingen '03, DeSales Theology Teacher

When Mike Swearingen first entered DeSales High School in 1999, he was one of 96 freshmen who had chosen DeSales for their Catholic education. Two decades later, he is celebrating five years of teaching theology at his alma mater. 


“As an alumnus, I was overjoyed to have the opportunity to teach at the same school that had such a positive impact on my life. Being a small part of the lives of students is an immense blessing. They are such a fun, diverse, and interesting group of young men,” said Mr. Swearingen.


Mr. Swearingen notes some things never change. DeSales continues to have a strong tradition of being a tight-knit community that takes a personal interest in every student who walks through our doors. Perhaps it is the dedicated professionals who work with Mr. Swearingen, who strive to be the best they can be, or perhaps it is knowing that the future of our world is bright because of students of DeSales, but one thing is clear - the future of DeSales is strong.


As he reflects on his contributions, Mr. Swearingen knows how he wants students to see him long after they leave DeSales, “I want to be remembered as a challenging and fair teacher who pushed students towards achieving at their best.”


Fun Facts about Mr. Swearingen

Personal motto: Hard work pays off.


What is your hidden talent?  

I play the guitar.


What is your most significant achievement to date - personal or professional?

My biggest achievement is my beautiful family. My wife, Audra, my daughters Maria and Elizabeth, and 2020 Baby Swearingen are the biggest achievements in my life.  


If you could take the students on a field trip anywhere in the world, where would you take them? Rome.  


What would others be surprised to find out about you?  

I never really liked speaking publically or even in front of small groups of persons.  


What were you like as a student? 

I was very social and enjoyed the brotherhood of DeSales.


If you could switch roles with anyone at DeSales, who would it be and why?  

I’d love the opportunity to be a DeSales student again.  


What is your proudest moment at DeSales?  

It happens every year when I am able to welcome graduating seniors to the ranks of DeSales alumni.  


Why is it important to support DeSales?

We need the help of alumni and friends. Their support ensures that DeSales can make Catholic education accessible to many more young men.