Thomas Dahlinger


Tom Dahlinger, a boarding school dorm parent, with his mother and former R-MA teacher and parent Debbie Long-Smith.
Student Life Supervisor

A native Virginian, Tom Dahlinger was one of two born at Alexandria Hospital on April 6, 1961. With 31 years of experience in teaching in the public schools of Virginia and Florida, Mr. Dahlinger is an excellent resource for the dorm students at R-MA, particularly in the areas of science and math, which he taught for most of his career. He holds a B.S. in education from George Mason University and an M.S. in Supervision from Shenandoah University. 

Mr. Dahlinger has two favorite sports: basketball and softball.  For basketball, he has been involved as a coach, and as a referee with twenty years of experience ranging from rec leagues to community college level.  He also has been an umpire for five years in the Virginia High School League and recreation leagues in Loudoun County. 

“I love working with youth,” Mr. Dahlinger says. “Working with young people inspires me and keeps me on my toes because of all the challenging things we interact and participate in while educating our youth. I love seeing the students take ownership of their education, development, and to see them mature into great individuals, but also, wonderful team players.”

Mr. Dahlinger has had his share of challenges in life; the father of four was faced with the loss of two of his children within two months of their births. His faith carried him through those tragic losses, and he now focuses on reaching out to others. He is involved with the Hope Again Care Center in Winchester, Virginia, which is sponsored through the Winchester Church of God, and he is a member of the Gideons International. His daughter lives in Massachusetts and his son lives in Connecticut, and he has the joy of being a grandparent three times over.

Mr. Dahlinger tries to mountain bike when he can, though he says aging is making it more and more difficult. If you hear Gregorian chants echoing through the halls of the middle school dorm, it just might be Mr. Dahlinger, as singing is another love of his. 

  • M.S., Shenandoah University
  • B.S., George Mason University