Paul named new principal at Stanley Switlik

Christine Paul, the assistant principal at Marathon Middle/High School, will be the new principal at Stanley Switlik Elementary School (SSE), said incoming Monroe County School District Superintendent Theresa Axford.  

“Mrs. Paul has worked closely with all aspects of teaching and learning throughout her various roles in the district,” said Axford. “Her experience and commitment to providing students with a strong educational foundation will be a great asset to the students and teachers at SSE.”

Paul, a Marathon High School graduate, is a 23-year veteran of the Monroe County School District.  She holds a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and a master’s degree from Florida State University. She began her teaching career as an art teacher and media specialist at Plantation Key School and Sugarloaf School.  

In 2003, Paul moved to Stanley Switlik Elementary School, where she spent 13 years in a variety of roles. In 2006, she received national board professional certification in library media. She was named the district’s 2010-2011 Teacher of the Year during her tenure at SSE.

As the assistant principal of Marathon Middle/High School for the past four years, Paul has overseen academic and extracurricular programming, curriculum, and testing reform initiatives for the school’s 6-12 grade students.  

Paul and her husband Derek, a lieutenant with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, have two sons, Raymond, 16, and Christopher, 12, both former SSE students who currently attend Marathon High School. She is the daughter of Monroe County School Board member John Dick.

“Switlik teachers and staff have a long history of success and achievement, while at the same time, doing all they can to provide the most caring and supportive environment,” Paul said.  “I am truly honored to have been chosen for this position and I am looking forward to helping the students of the Marathon community begin their most important journey of their young lives.”