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New principal begins at St. Francis Xavier School

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Eric Becker, former assistant principal of St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski, is now principal.

His appointment became effective at the end of the last school year.

In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, Becker was instrumental in managing the school’s ongoing technology and facilities improvements. He worked with former Principal Jesse Gaudette since his arrival in 2005 at St. Francis Xavier and was closely involved in the management and operation of the school.

He plans to continue the tradition of excellence for which St. Francis Xavier School has been known.  “We will also continue to work on a way to build on the new addition and modify the education we provide students to reflect the updates to the building. We will strive to balance Catholic tradition with modern educational trends,” he said.

 “As the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish and the chair of the St. Francis Xavier School Board, we are both extremely pleased that we have such a talented and committed
educator and administrator to carry on after Mr. Gaudette’s departure,” wrote Msgr. Richard Lavalley and Brian Senecal in a January letter to the school community.

Becker is originally from New Jersey; he came to Vermont to attend Castleton State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Practice in Physical Education (elementary and secondary teachers certification) and bachelor’s degree in Social Science (sociology and health).

He began his teaching career in the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union, teaching at Benson Village School and Orwell Village School.  

He became a teacher at St. Francis Xavier School in 2006.  He has served the school as the full-time gym teacher, the after-school director, a part-time computer teacher, assistant principal, a health teacher, a sixth-grade math teacher and a technology coordinator. “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the members of this wonderful school community in all of those roles,” he said.

He said his strengths as principal include an ability to establish relationships with parents and students. “I am willing to do whatever it takes to bring a smile to a student’s face but also enjoy having daily interaction with families so they feel just as much a part of their children’s education as I do,” he said.

Becker lives in Georgia with his wife, Miranda, a high school English teacher.  

“Teaching at St. Francis allows me to live my faith and to be more than a teacher,” he said. “I enjoy the small group sizes and the opportunity to get to know each student and their families. I also greatly appreciate how my faith can be part to of my daily teaching life.”
Cori Fugere Urban

Cori Urban is a longtime writer for the communications efforts of the Diocese of Burlington and former editor of The Vermont Catholic Tribune.

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