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.

Isaac

Isaac

Licensed Instructor

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.

Daisy

Daisy

Licensed Instructor

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

Kris

Licensed Instructor

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.

Michelle

Michelle

Licensed Instructor

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

Arturo

Licensed Instructor

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 each students’ weaknesses and helping work through each one of them.

Ryan

Ryan

Licensed Instructor

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.

Jerry

Jerry

Licensed Instructor

Jerry has been in the driving industry for over 20 years. He takes pride in teaching his students this important life skill. Jerry tries to approach every lesson in a fun and positive way. It is important to him that his students become safe and confident drivers. He enjoys seeing his students gain confidence and control of driving situations throughout their lessons with him.

Stephanie

Stephanie

Licensed Instructor

Stephanie has more than 15 years of driving experience. She currently holds a class B drivers license with passenger endorsements. She works with the City of Orange as a Mentor. She enjoys helping and making a difference in people’s lives. She is very patient and approachable during her lessons while teaching students to become safe and confident drivers. Safety is her number one priority. ​

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.

Jose

Jose

Licensed Instructor

Jose has been driving northern and southern Orange County roads for over 20 years. Using his experience on the roads and as an instructor at another driving school Jose is ready to teach. He sees his students achievements as his own and works hard to make sure his students excel and stay safe on the road. By answering questions, applying personal experiences, and remaining patient throughout each session Jose produces great results.

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.

Adali

Adali

Licensed Instructor

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.

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.​

Robert

Robert

Licensed Instructor

Robert is a professional driver, motor sports enthusiast, and technician. He has a passion for all things related to automobiles. He is very patient with all of his students and works to create a safe and comfortable learning environment. for them. He takes pride in teaching students this very important life skill.

Jasper

Jasper

Licensed Instructor

Jasper believes that each student has their own strengths and weaknesses. He assess each student and creates an effective lesson plan according to the skill level of the driver. He makes the effort to create a calm and positive environment allows the student to become a safe and alert driver. He finds teaching others the essential attributes of a good driver is very rewarding.

Jared

Jared

Licensed Instructor

Jared has been driving for over 10 years. He takes pride in teaching students the important life skill of driving. He believes patients, confidence building, and constructive criticism are integral first steps when learning how to drive. Jared strives to ensure that each student develops safe driving habits that will last a lifetime.​

Cody

Cody

Licensed Instructor

Cody has been driving for just under ten years. His experience has provided him with the knowledge and understanding that is required to have patience in stressful situations. He has a passion for teaching and this reflects in the way that he conducts his lessons. He enjoys watching his students grow into safe and confident drivers.

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.

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