Ms. Green was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and raised in Northern California. When she was young, she ran around outside a lot. She rode bikes, even a mini-motorcycle! She swam in creeks, ponds, the ocean, and Big River. She climbed trees, carried wood, chased (and caught lizards), jumped over logs, and loved the outdoor life. She played hard. She was 12 years old when she became involved in organized sports. She was a roller speed skater (quad skates, with 4 wheels, on a 100 meter track) until she was about 18. During high school, she played basketball, volleyball, and softball. Her junior year of high school she did an Outward Bound program, where she spent 29 days in Death Valley, hiking 8-13 miles a day with a 70-pound pack on her back. She has a dream that more and more children will simply play outdoors for most of their childhood, then, if it suits them, and they choose it, they can do organized sports, later in life. During college, she found the sport of rowing (also called crew). Rowing is the ultimate team sport that also allows an athlete to figure out her individual strengths. It was an amazing experience. The rowing team helped her get interested in coaching people. When she graduated from college, she became a rowing coach. She was fascinated with how technical the sport was. She loved helping athletes figure out how to do it better by making small changes with their body. She loved coaching. While she was coaching rowing, she was also working at a bike shop, learning how to build bicycles. She soon became interested in bicycling as a sport. In 1992, she did a 500 mile bicycling tour (at age 24), in Wisconsin. In 1993 she did her first bike race in Kenosha, Wisconsin. By 1994, she was racing bikes for real. she raced for 24 years.
1996-1998, she was going back to school to get a double teaching credential.
Currently, she teaches Physical Education at Brooks Elementary in Windsor, California. She coaches bicycling, leads Bicycling Clinics to teach people how to ride bikes better, and still loves to ride and train. She is the Champion for Safe Routes to School at Brooks Elementary. This allows her to add bicycling lessons into the Physical Education curriculum at Brooks for the 4th Grade. Her sport is road bike racing, and track racing on the velodrome. In 2015 and 2016, she found herself competing (and winning 3 Silver Medals, in 2 years; 2015 & 2016) at the Master's World Track Cycling Championships in Manchester, England.
LETTERS (Spanish and English) TO PARENTS from Ms. Green: