All of the instructors at Varsity Driving Academy are DMV Certified. They go through a 60 hour course, live scan finger printing, and a rigorous background check through the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Mark McKinney makes sure that every individual performs in an exemplary manner. We believe instructing new and previous drivers should always be done with great patience in a positive and safe environment for our driving school.
Isaac has been driving for over 20 years and enjoys teaching individuals how to drive because it reminds him of coaching athletes. He takes his training seriously and is very involved with his students’ progress. While he instructs he makes certain each and every student is learning in a safe manner.
Prior to becoming a driving Instructor Daisy served 5 years in the Army. She is currently in the reserves and a college student. Daisy describes herself as patient, approachable, informative and responsible. She believes in giving constructive feedback to all her students which is essential when behind the wheel. Over 8 years of driving experience she makes it a point to build her students confidence safely one step at a time.
Kris has been in the driving instructing industry for over 15 years. Creating safe drivers is his number one concern, teens and adults alike. He makes sure that every student progresses during his lessons in a positive manner.
Doug has expressed that driving has always been a huge part of his life. He enjoys the challenge that every student brings and different personalities he comes across on a daily basis.With his many years of driving experience, Doug is suited for training both novice and experienced drivers alike and adapts his teaching style to the specific needs of each student he is assigned. Instructing to him is more than a job, it’s a serious commitment made to help safely advance the driving experience of each of his students.
Mike takes it upon himself to make sure that every student is equipped with the knowledge and skill necessary for real life driving situations. Creating safe and confident drivers is Mike’s goal when instructing. Being a long time driving enthusiast he has extensive driving experience and defensive driving training.
Michelle has been driving for over 10 years. She has experience in social services as a youth mentor and working with teens her entire career. As a role model and teacher for many years prior to becoming an instructor she is very conscientious of the impact she makes on her pupils for the remainder of their life. Safety is her main concern while she is with a student. She enjoys seeing her students gain confidence and control of driving situations throughout their lessons with her.
Arturo has been driving for over 10 years. He has past experience driving all throughout Orange County. His lessons are conducted in an attentive, calm, & patient manner. Arturo takes pride in teaching his students how to safely and properly drive, while acknowledging the students’ weaknesses and helping work through each and every one.s with her.
Michael has extensive driving experience both professionally and personally. He has been repeatedly certified in occupational and world class safety driving criteria. With over 500,000 miles of accident free driving in over 25 years, Michael communicates method, technique, and habit adjustment for a life-long approach to the responsibility and privilege of driving. Michael takes it upon himself to make sure that every student is equipped with the knowledge and skill necessary for real life driving situation.
Ryan has had over 20 years experience driving both vehicles and motorcycles. He also has over 5 years experience driving box trucks, flat beds, and trailers. He enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to students and watching them become safe and confident drivers. He has a passion for vehicles and has extensive knowledge of vehicle maintenance and performance. With safety being his top priority, he is a detail oriented, patient, and kind instructor.
John has expertise in driving over 50+ years in California with an accident free record speaks for itself. Safety is John’s main concern when instructing a student. He takes pride in helping individuals obtain their license by teaching them and watching them progress over the course of their lessons with him.
George has been in the driving instructing industry for over 20 years. He has previously held a commercial driver’s license with a passenger endorsement. His demeanor and expertise makes him a wonderful instructor. He enjoys teaching his students and creating safe drivers on the California roads.
Steve is a lifelong teacher. He holds a masters degree in education and has worked with people young and old across many fields as a teacher, a mentor and a coach. When working with students his focus is on safely building confidence and creating conscientious drivers. He takes pride in being a driving instructor and hopes to help many individuals in obtaining their driver’s license.
Bill has expressed that driving has always been a huge part of his life considering he is a retired police officer. He enjoys the challenge that every student brings and different personalities he comes across on a daily basis. This is much more than a job to him and he tries to make an impact on every student’s life during each lesson. This is a serious commitment made to help safely advance the driving experience of each of his students.
Kyle has been driving for many years and prior to becoming a driving instructor he worked in the mental health field for many years. His goal for each student is to become safe and confident during their lessons with him. Applying the instruction given during his driving lessons and practice at home creates a team effort which aids students to become safe and defensive drivers. Driving is an important life skill for young and old to learn and Kyle prides himself in being a part of the process.
Jeff has been driving over 40 years and is native to Orange County . He looks forward to working with new and current drivers. During his lessons having fun while becoming a safe and confident driver is a goal that Jeff sets for all his students. Applying the instruction given during his driving lessons in addition to practice time between teens and parents helps creates a team effort which aids students to become safe defensive drivers.
Adali has over 20 years behind the wheel experience. He has a professional, courteous and patient demeanor. He believes most student drivers will develop in a short period habits and skills that will last a lifetime and taking part in that responsibility is rewarding Whether it’s your first time behind the wheel or third lesson the goal is confidence, safety and control.
Ryan has over 30 years behind the wheel experience. He has a professional, courteous and patient demeanor. He believes most student drivers will develop in a short period habits and skills that will last a lifetime and taking part in that responsibility is rewarding Whether it’s your first time behind the wheel or third lesson the goal is confidence, safety and control.
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