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 20 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 as a National School to Watch. In 2021, Mr. Shaffer was named as the Schools to Watch State Director for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Schools to Watch (STW) program is sponsored by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, the Virginia Middle School Association, and the Virginia Department of Education. 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. In addition, to his role as a school principal, he has served as the Virginia Middle School Association’s Region IV Director and a member of the Educational Advisory Counsel for the Washington Football Team's Charitable Foundation. Mr. Shaffer 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 Football Team.