Coach R D Smith Bio...

Name: Rhea Dawn Smith
Birthday: November 23rd
College: Sacramento State for Bachelors and Grand Canyon University for Masters
Major: Physical Education and Rehabilitation
Favorite Color: red
Favorite Book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Favorite Movie: City Of Angles
Favorite Food: Mexican food or cherries
Favorite Quote: Be so happy that when others look at you they become happy too.
Favorite Sport: Skiing
My favorite songs
1.Blackbird - The Beatles (I used to rock my son to sleep with this song.)
2.He’s Mine - Rodney Atkins (also about my son)
3.Jive Talkin - Bee Gees (What can I say, I grew up in the 70’s.)
My favorite links
•Pinterest (everything educational, inspirational, interesting, artistic, fascinating, and cool can be found on this website)
All About Me...

 I grew up on the central coast of California in Morro Bay.  Athletics have always played a big part in my life.  I played softball and did gymnastics since I was four.  I joined volleyball and was a competitive cheerleader in high school.  After graduating from Sacramento State I worked in the field of Physical Therapy while simultaneously running the gymnastics program at the La Jolla YMCA.  This is where I decided I wanted to make coaching kids my career.  I went on to get my credential at National University and my Masters at Grand Canyon University and have been teaching for 17 years. 

My favorite thing to do for fitness right now is Yoga.  I love the power, strength, and flexibility that comes from doing this.  But I love to ride my beach cruiser bike as much as I can.

In addition to teaching P.E. I am the year book advisor here at OVMS, so I get to practice my other passion of Photography.  I picked up a camera when my son was born almost 11 years ago, and haven’t put it down since.

Best Athletic Memory

Watching my son win the Pop Warner football playoffs.

You can contact me through district email at or by phone (858)487-2939 ext. 6206.

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