Phone: 571-434-3232


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts in Sports Management; Cedarville University Bachelor of Arts in Health and Physical Education; Cedarville University Master’s in Educational Leadership; Shenandoah University Doctor of Educational Leadership and Policy; Virginia Tech*

Mr. Shaffer, Dave

Dave Shaffer serves as the Principal of River Bend Middle School in Sterling, Virginia. He received two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Cedarville University, one in Sports Management and one in Health and Physical Education. He received his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Shenandoah University and has a Pre-K-12 Administration and Supervision endorsement. Mr. Shaffer has served as the Principal of River Bend Middle School since 2014. For the past 22 years, he has worked in Loudoun County Public Schools as a teacher, dean, assistant principal, and principal. Under his leadership, River Bend Middle School has been named as a National School of Distinction from the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) and a National School to Watch from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Level Reform.  

In addition to his role as a school principal, Mr. Shaffer currently works as the Schools to Watch State Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this role, he supports high-performing middle schools across Virginia focusing on schools that are academically excellent, developmentally responsive, socially equitable, and organized and structured for continuous improvement. He has also served in many other leadership roles including the Region IV Director for the Virginia Middle School Association and an educational consultant for the Educational Advisory Counsel for the Washington Commander’s Charitable Foundation.

Mr. Shaffer has been recognized in Loudoun County as a 2009 Leesburg Today 30 Under 30 recipient and a 2018 Loudoun Now Top 40 under 40 Professional. He was a nominee for the NASSP Digital Principal of the Year and the Washington Post Principal of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Shaffer was recognized as the Virginia Educator of the Year from the Virginia Middle Schools Association. He has presented at various state and national conferences including the Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference, the Virginia Middle School Association State Conference, the Schools to Watch National Conference, Inspire Loudoun, Blended Learning Universe Conference, and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development State Conference. 

In his free time, Mr. Shaffer likes to spend time with his wife and three children. He enjoys running, biking, reading, traveling, and watching the UNC Tarheels basketball team and the Washington Commanders.