Mrs. Eileen Barendse - Assistant Principal
and Director of Early Education

I am thrilled to be a member of the St. Francis Xavier community. In my time here I have served as a first grade teacher, student support staff, and administrator. This vibrant and student-centered community keeps me coming back year after year!


We are doing great things at SFX! One of my main goals is to strengthen our school community for both teachers, staff, and students. My favorite ways to do this is to run the Friday morning assemblies. It is my great pleasure to coordinate games that get our youngest and oldest community members laughing with each other and cheering each other on. The energy we create is a reflection of the strong relationships being developed within classrooms and throughout the school. 


There is nothing quite like being a member of a faith based, student-centered community. The classrooms and hallways of St. Francis are filled with a heart that is so unique to a small Catholic school. I entered the Catholic school community as a 6th grader in Connecticut and continued right through high school, college, and graduate school! I have an undergrad degree in Sociology from Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from St. Michael's. I feel so blessed to give back to this community of learners!


My husband and I live in Essex Junction with our two girls - who both attend SFX! We love being outside and enjoying all that Vermont has to offer our family.