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Juliet O'Shoney: EVHS Nurse, Triathlete, Inspiration
Nurse Juliet O’Shoney has been an employee of Georgetown Independent School District (GISD) for 13 years. She started off as a nurse at Georgetown High School for one year, and then she made the transition to East View High School (EVHS).
“Working in GISD is just like having a second family,” O’Shoney said.“Everyone here is always watching after you, looking out for your kid, and offering a helping hand.”
In high school, O’Shoney was in band and did not participate in athletics. Shortly after high school, she joined a gym and started running occasionally. It wasn’t until her parents both passed away from health problems, before O’Shoney reached the age of 32, that she grew a serious interest in a more consistently active lifestyle.
“After my parents passed away, I had this moment where I thought, ‘I want to live a healthy life. I want to be able to play with my grandchildren’,” O’Shoney said.
So, O’Shoney started doing races. After her mother passed away from cancer, she started with The Lance Armstrong Foundation's annual Ride for the Roses, a 50 mile bike ride that raises money and honors those who have passed away from cancer. O'Shoney's passion became cycling, and shortly after her first race, she did Danskin, a women's-only triathlon consisting of a half-mile swim, a 12.5 mile bike and a 3.1 mile run.
Growing up, O’Shoney would watch the Ironman World championships on television every year. A Full Ironman consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a 26.2 mile run, and participants only have 17 hours to complete the race.
“I always thought, ‘Oh I could never do that.’ But then something clicked, and I said, ‘Well why can't I?’,” O’Shoney said, “So, I just signed up, got myself a coach, and started training.”
O’Shoney kept a tight schedule during training, waking up at 4:15 AM every day to bike or swim, taking her children to school, going to work, and training more at night before bed. O’Shoney completed her first Half Ironman, consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and a 13.1 mile run, in 2014. She completed her first Full Ironman in 2015, followed by another Full Ironman in 2017.
Just when O’Shoney thought she was done, she decided it was time to bring her medals to an even number. In 2021, O’Shoney completed her second half Ironman.
“Ironman changed my life. I saw people out on the course that were so inspiring. A 90 year old man passed me, then a below-the-knee amputee passed me, and finally I thought to myself, ‘There are no excuses. You can do anything you set your mind to!’” O’Shoney said.
“Any ironman will tell you that 80 percent of completing an Ironman is mental and 20 percent is physical,” O’Shoney said. “You have to push through and dig deep.”
O’Shoney takes pride in her accomplishments at Ironman and other races, but the thing she is most proud of is her own children and the connections she makes with students every day. O’Shoney is mother to Claire O’Shoney, EVHS graduate, and Sutton O’Shoney, sophomore at EVHS.
“What I have been most proud of this year is my children, ” O’Shoney said. “I continue to thrive through them, watching them grow and succeed. It just fills my bucket.”
Claire is thriving at A&M - Corpus Christi, and Sutton has found his place and his people at EVHS. Both of the siblings are Culinary Arts students, and Sutton even makes frequent visits to O’Shoney’s office with treats from Culinary Arts class.
“It is such a testament to East View and how teachers and administration have created such a warm family environment here,” O’Shoney said.
That is certainly true for O’Shoney and the mark that she has left on the students that come in and out of her office. Students come to her for medical needs, but they also confide in her for life advice.
“I tell all my students that they can be anything they want to be and they can do anything they want to do if they put hard work into it,” O’Shoney said. “And it doesn't mean that the road you are going to travel to get there is going to be easy. It might push you down multiple times, but it’s about getting up and pushing yourself.”
We have previously written about Claire O’Shoney and her successes as a teen chef. You can read more about that on our website.
GISD Nurses, including O’Shoney, were recognized by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce in 2020 with the Cornerstone Award in Healthcare for their work to keep our students, staff and community safe during the pandemic. You can read more about that on our website.