Mountain View Elementary in Goleta has the distinction of being a school of two Olympic gold medalists.
Jamie Neushul has joined his older sister, Kiley, as Olympic champion in women’s water polo. Jamie Neushul was a member of the United States national team that won gold at the Tokyo Olympics this summer in Japan.
Kiley Neushul won gold with the U.S. team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Local women Sami Hill and Kami Craig were teammates in Rio.
Paige Hauschild from Santa Barbara was Jamie Neushul’s teammate in Toyko.
Like his sister did five years ago, Jamie Neushul returned to his alma mater to share his Olympic experience and show off the gold medal to Mountain View students, staff and faculty.
She joined the school principal, Dr. Joanna Lauer, in a “Cougar Conversation” video chat with the student body before touring the classrooms with third-grade teacher Holly Bosse.
Jamie Neushul spends time with students at Mountain View Primary School in Goleta. (Photo by Holly Bossé)
“She let every child hold the gold medal,” said Bosse, who taught the three Neushul sisters – Kiley, Jamie and Ryann – in Mountain View. Ryann is in his second year at Stanford University after training with the United States team in his preparation for the Toyko Games.
“Wow!” was the most heard expression from the students when they held the gold medal, Bosse said. ‘”Wow, that’s a lot heavier than it looks.'”
“Jamie was so patient and humble and said visiting her old elementary school was her favorite visit to date,” the teacher added. “I even took out a picture of her in my sixth grade class and found some artwork and poetry that she wrote.”
Neushul told the students that she was nervous every step of the way in the team’s quest for gold, and being nervous was OK.
She said her family was a great inspiration and the only pressure between the sisters was when they were training in the pool.
“We celebrate each other’s successes,” said Neushul, who added that she was honored to wear the No.8 cap for the U.S. team like her sister Kiley in 2016.
She said she hopes Ryann will have this opportunity at the next Summer Olympics, in 2024 in Paris.
Jamie Neushul poses with his former sixth grade teacher Holly Bosse during his visit to Mountain View Elementary School to share his Olympic experience with students and teachers and to show off his gold medal. (Courtesy photo)
“Jamie embodies everything we strive to cultivate in children here in Mountain View. She is respectful, responsible and inclusive, ”said Bosse. “And it was so cool to have this school assembly the week we received the National Blue Ribbon Honor.
Bosse has had a good relationship with the Neushul family over the years. She said parents Peter and Cathy have always been involved in their children’s education.
“Peter came every week to help me with my writing lessons. Cathy always instilled independence in girls, with an emphasis on academic excellence. And, she made amazing brownies with cookie dough frosting. for girls’ birthdays. treats a child brings? Me. “
Bosse said she felt honored to have been a teacher for girls.
“And, we, here in Mountain View, are a better school to get them through our halls,” she said.