Principal, River Bend Middle School
Dave Shaffer is the Principal of River Bend Middle School in Sterling, Virginia. He has served in this capacity since July 2014. For 19 years, he has worked in Loudoun County Public Schools as a teacher and administrator focused on creating innovative schools for 21st century learners. His leadership at Smart’s Mill Middle School and River Bend Middle School has been instrumental in both schools being named a National School to Watch. In 2009, Mr. Shaffer was recognized as a Leesburg Today's 30 under 30 award winner for Loudoun County, Virginia. Additionally, Mr. Shaffer was recognized as one of the 2018 Loudoun County’s 40 under 40 professionals by Loudoun Now. Since 2015, he has been a member of the Educational Advisory Counsel for the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation. In addition, to his role as a school principal, Mr. Shaffer also serves the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as the Schools to Watch Site Visit Coordinator for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Shaffer has presented at various state and national conferences including the Association for Middle Level Education, the Virginia Middle School Association, the National Schools to Watch, Inspire Loudoun, Blended Learning Universe, and the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Principal Shaffer was nominated as the 2018 NASSP Digital Principal of the year. Finally, Mr. Shaffer was recognized as the 2018-2019 Educator of the Year from the Virginia Middle Schools Association.