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Mr. David Shaffer
Principal of River Bend Middle School (July 1) 

“The best things in life don’t happen unless you take risks.”

Ten years ago I made the decision to leave my current school and help open Smart’s Mill Middle School.  Over the past decade, I have dedicated myself to middle level education and I have served the Leesburg community as a teacher, dean and assistant principal.  I have been blessed in multiple ways and have had the opportunity to work with some amazing people.  I am who I am today because of many individuals who believed in me and invested in my professional growth.

On Tuesday, March 25, I was appointed by the LCPS School Board to become the next principal of River Bend Middle School in Sterling, Virginia (starting on July 1, 2014). While Smart’s Mill Middle School will always have a special place in my heart, I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue my leadership in a different capacity.

Even after I am gone from Smart’s Mill, I will always value our commitments to instruction, improvement, community and people.  Although I am making a change, I am always available.  If I can help in anyway, please do not hesitate to contact me at or (571) 252-2042.

Last Modified on April 30, 2014