Phone: Ext. 7427
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Psychology from UC Santa Barbara Mild Moderate Education Specialist Credential from Sacramento State University
Mr. Jashon Reed Smith
I am a father of four and my identity starts here. What am I without my family? I dare not to think. I love BASKETBALL, gardening, hiking, working out, reading and music. I like to sing when nobody is around and I play a guitar a little bit (shhh I don't want anyone to know). I love to build things. My recent projects include building a sliding barn door, a play structure with swings for my kids, and a 330 square foot driveway expansion (I think I permanently threw my back out). Currently I live south of Yuba City in Plumas Lake California with my family. We moved here a couple years ago from Elk Grove. My wife teaches high school history, government and economics at Inderkum High School in Natomas so we are a family of teachers just like I always wanted.
My teacher journey began in Southern California. I was a teaching assistant for special needs students at the Frostig Educational Center in Pasadena for a year and at the end of that year I decided I would become a teacher. After that I spent my early 20s figuring myself out and working as a substitute teacher for any and all grade levels and assignments for Hemet Unified, Center Unified, and Elk Grove Unified School districts. I finally committed to pursuing a special education credential from Sacramento State. I completed my student teaching at Franklin High School in Elk Grove and worked briefly at Sheldon High School. As fate would have it I ended up working at Harriet Eddy Middle School for the next decade, however high school is where I was always meant to be. I am now embarking on a new leg of my journey with RJUHSD and I'm so excited to be where I am with West Park.
Fun fact: I recently hiked 5 miles up a mountainside in Yosemite with a torn Achilles and my daughter riding piggy back as I hobbled like a pirate before I realized I was being a fool and turned around. I have my fingers crossed I can play basketball again.