Instructors

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.

Ricardo

Ricardo

Licensed Instructor

Ricardo is a California Certified Licensed Driving Instructor as well as a Certified School Bus Driver for NMUSD.   A combined 11 years of commercial experience, hard work and dedication make him an excellent driver & instructor.  Ricardo participates annually in a School Bus Skills competition where he represented his District and won first place in Orange County and third place in the Southern Region last year (2017).  This advanced training develops understanding on the importance of continues driver practice and education.  It also strengthens Ricardo’s empathy of tackling new challenges, such as a new student learning to drive.  Ricardo is bilingual (Spanish & English).  Ricardo enjoys Chess, photography, riding his bicycle, walking and road trips.

Pete

Pete

Licensed Instructor

Pete is a native Californian who has been instructing  for over 4 decades. His passion for driving and motor-sports have enabled him to train and help drivers at many levels. He feels new drivers benefit from patient, encouraging and knowledgeable instruction to begin building safe and proper habits from the very start!  A lifelong pleasure of driving is a skill to be developed and enjoyed. Modern vehicles require safe drivers with the skills to handle today’s roads and highways. Good habits begin from the very first lesson.

Sean

Sean

Licensed Instructor

Sean is an Orange County native. He has been driving professionally for over 10 years. Whether is has been behind the wheel of an ambulance, delivery truck or just his personal car. Sean’s goal is to pass his knowledge and experience to his students and teach them the importance of operating a vehicle with caution and care.

Don

Don

Licensed Instructor

Don has been in the driving industry for over 30 years and is also a licensed traffic school instructor. He is a very patient instructor who understands the emotional aspects of the driving task. He believes a part of driving is not just learning the mechanics,  but also how to be good defensive drivers to handle difficult situations. 

Connor

Connor

Licensed Instructor

Connor has been driving almost every day for over 11 years. He lived and drove in large cities like Houston and Los Angeles for years, and has taken road trips across the country giving him experience driving on many different types of roads. His previous experience as a valet and car detail specialist, as well as coaching tennis to kids of all ages, have further prepared him to be a safe and competent driving instructor. He loves meeting new people and understands everybody learns in their own style and at their own pace. Connor looks forward to teaching you or your teen the exciting and critical skill of driving safely!
Hong

Hong

Licensed Instructor

Hong immigrated from Vietnam in 1978 and graduated from Irvine High School in 1978 and went on to attend College for business administration. Hong worked at Oakley for 10 years as a lead supervisor. Besides working at Varsity, Hong currently works for First Student Inc. (School Bus driver) for Anaheim School District for over 8 years and is in the process of obtaining his delegated behind the wheel trainer for a school bus. Being a special education bus driver Hong has a lot of patience, understanding and compassion toward students. He brings his defensive driving skills from being a school bus driver to teaching new students.
Chris

Chris

Licensed Instructor

Cautious and patient, Chris has been driving for over 10 years. He taught a defensive driving class for 3 years in both Spanish and English, in which he teaches anxious drivers to remain calm and collected on the road. Chris makes sure that his students are always one step ahead. He also stays aware of his students’ progress so that he can expertly guide them to becoming the best driver that they can be.

Tanner

Tanner

Licensed Instructor

Tanner has an approachable, calm and understanding demeanor. He has been driving for about 10 years. Describes himself as a kind-hearted and very patient instructor. Two of his main objectives are to make sure all students become safe and confident while driving behind the wheel. 

Ivan

Ivan

Licensed Instructor

Ivan enjoys being a driving instructor and teaching students everything he has learned with years of experience. As an instructor he looks forward to guiding and teaching all students how to become remarkable drivers to the best of his abilities. 

Daniel

Daniel

Licensed Instructor

Daniel is a very patient and has a positive attitude. He has been driving for almost 10 years now, is cautious, and a great driver.  Very knowledgeable about vehicles which is a great attribute when it comes to teaching a student for the first time behind the wheel. He strives for the success of himself and everyone who surrounds him.

Yolanda

Yolanda

Licensed Instructor

Yolanda is a native of California. Driving experience of over 30 years. She has prior teaching and tutoring skills that has prompted her with the patience and diligence in being a valuable driving instructor. 

Jackson

Jackson

Licensed Instructor

Jackson is originally from Indianapolis, IN. He has been driving for over 10 years. He served in the Marines and is currently a student at CSUF studying psychology. He enjoys seeing students grow throughout their lessons and being part of such an important milestone. 

Mark

Mark

Licensed Instructor

Mark has been living in Orange County for 18 years. He has over 40 years of driving experience. Went to college in Florida and built c-17s for the Air Force. His favorite hobby is surfing which he has done for the last 35 years now. During lessons he prioritizes safety while helping students be confident and have control behind the wheel.

Rob

Rob

Licensed Instructor

Rob is a tech professional who is getting his teaching credentials, and has 20 years of driving experience. A life-long Orange County resident, he enjoys using his love of teaching, passion for driving, and knowledge of local roads to teach his students how to be careful and courteous drivers with practical and engaging lessons. From 2-lane roads to 8-lane freeways, he believes that with a positive attitude and enough practice, anyone can learn to be a safe and confident driver.

Jeff

Jeff

Licensed Instructor

Jeff is an Orange County native. He is an extremely patient and understanding instructor. He has over 40 years of driving experience and hopes to pass along all of his wisdom to new drivers. He tries to make lessons very informative while also enjoyable for the students.

George

George

Licensed Instructor

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.

Jeff

Jeff

Licensed Instructor

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.

Kam

Kam

Licensed Instructor

Kam has been driving for 35 years and has been training for 15 years. He approaches driving instruction with a positive and patient attitude – eager to help his students succeed. He see’s driving as a privilege that comes with huge responsibility and he enjoys seeing his students’ progress.​

Khoa

Khoa

Licensed Instructor

Khoa has over 10 year driving experience.  His goal is to help as many students as possible become a safe and excellent driver.  He is super approachable, easy to talk to and enjoys meeting new students.  He understands that different students have different personalities and there are different methods of teaching depending on the student.

Travis

Travis

Licensed Instructor

Travis has been driving for over 20 years. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a  bachelor’s degree and worked for many years as a substitute teacher. He now has been a  driving instructor for over 2 years and enjoys being able to continue guiding students through  the correct path daily.  Travis considers himself to be very patient, efficient, and positive. Some of his favorite hobbies include sketching and watching blockbuster action films. 

Pedro

Pedro

Licensed Instructor

Pedro has been driving for over 7 years. He is currently attending Santiago Canyon College pursuing an associates degree in Psychology. He wants to make sure all his students know the responsibility of being on the road. His main goal is to teach all his students how to safely drive with confidence. His kindness, patience and encouragement is what his student drivers love about him. 

Jack

Jack

Licensed Instructor

Jack has been driving for over 40 years and has been a driving instructor for a little over 5 years. He was a fire captain/paramedic with the Orange County Fire Authority for 32 years. He enjoys working with each student to help them achieve their goals when it comes to driving. Jack is very approachable and believes patience is an important piece of every lesson.

John

John

Licensed Instructor

John was born in Brooklyn, New York and has been driving for over 50 years. He spent a decade in law enforcement, 3 decades as a business owner and is now a driving instructor. He believes there are no excuses when striving for perfection and good life habits will help to achieve your goals. Loves talking and helping young adults and new drivers achieve their goal of being a safe driver. 

Michael

Michael

Licensed Instructor

Michael is currently a driving instructor and studying at a University. He has been driving for almost 10 years and is very passionate about motor vehicles. He describes himself to be very patient, kind and knowledgeable. 

Chris

Chris

Licensed Instructor

Chris has been driving in Southern California for over 40 years. He enjoys teaching his students the responsibilities of being on the road, hoping he can help steer their skills in the right direction. Chris believes his unassuming attitude towards driving has helped keep him and his family safe over the years and looks forward to teaching all students the same. He feels he is rewarded everyday as he sees firsthand the improvement each of his students demonstrates, and wishes them continued success into their future.

Sean

Sean

Licensed Instructor

Sean has worked for the state of California for 20 years and currently holds the position as a Heavy Equipment Operator/ Trainer with CalTrans. He also has Class A and M1 licenses. He enjoys being an instructor as well and hopes to pass on the safe driving skills he practices daily on to his students.

Tyler

Tyler

Licensed Instructor

Tyler has lived in Orange County his entire life and knows the roads very well. He has years of experience driving RVs and vehicles over 40 feet. Tyler also holds a motorcycle license.. He describes himself as a soft spoken and patient instructor who can properly prepare all students in their driving journey. 

Bob

Bob

Licensed Instructor

Bob has a driving experience of over 50 years. He was honored to be able to speak at local high schools to students with the MADD organization. Bob is a very polite and affable instructor. He enjoys what he does and looks forward to making an impact in every student’s driving lesson journey.

Ann

Ann

Licensed Instructor

Ann has over 40 years of experience behind the wheel and has been an instructor for over 3 years. During lessons she strives for students to know the responsibility of being on the road. Her main goal is to teach all her students how to safely drive with confidence. Her kindness , patience and encouragement is what her student drivers love about her.

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Headquarters and Office Location – Irvine

Monday -Thursday
9:00am to 6:00pm

Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday
Office is closed

Sunday
Office is closed

**Our Instructors are working 7 Days a week for Behind the Wheel Training Sessions and Online Support**
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