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Dear River Bend Community,


                Greetings! My name is Dave Shaffer, the new Principal of River Bend Middle School!  I am humbled and honored to join the River Bend family.  I look forward to meeting with each of you and having the opportunity to listen to your thoughts and ideas on how we can make River Bend the best middle school in Loudoun County, our State and Nation!

                As an educational leader in the 21st century, my primary goal is to ensure that every child is provided the highest quality of instruction in a safe and supportive learning environment. I believe that our school must meet the diverse needs of our student population by providing access and opportunities for all students to experience success.  Our world is changing every day and I believe it is our responsibility to shift our paradigms and engage students more than ever through student-centered learning.   

                I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding faculty.  Within our building we have educators who are thinking differently and creating learning experiences that promote critical thinking, inquiry, problem solving and collaboration.  Great schools are made because of the work of great teachers who are supported by all stakeholders.  I know that the support of our parents and each community member will lead to River Bend’s continued success.

                As a father of three amazing children, my greatest joy is having the opportunity to work with kids every day!  I am passionate about middle school education because there is no greater time in a child’s life that is more critical to their future success.  The adolescent years present many challenges,but together with a dynamic staff and supportive parents, I know that we can make a significant impact in the lives of every student who walks through our doors.

                On a personal note, I am originally from Pennsylvania and I have worked in LCPS for the past 13 years.  I live in Ashburn with my beautiful wife (Rebekah) and three kids (Braydon, Andrew and Evelyn).  My family is excited and ready to embark upon this journey along with each of you. 

               Again, I look forward to serving you as the new Principal of River Bend Middle School.  I know that 2014-2015 will prove to be an unforgettable year for our school.  Get Ready! 

Please feel free to contact me or any member of the Ravens Team. 

Dave Shaffer
Last Modified on July 7, 2014