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Qualified and Trustworthy, Female and Male Instructors

Drivers Ed Direct believes that our quality instructors are a vital part of the learning experience. Therefore, we follow the most rigorous screening standards in the industry to determine which instructors are suited to make your teenager's driving experience successful. In addition to hiring our instructors by committee, we conduct Department of Justice background checks, Livescan database verifications, third party drug tests, and, we require that our instructors have all had prior experience working with teens in an educational and/or community service capacity.

To see what we demand from our highly qualified instructors, or to inquire about becoming an instructor yourself, read our instructor requirements here.

The Best Driving Instructors in California

With almost 15 years' experience providing behind-the-wheel drivers training, Drivers Ed Direct instructors have taught tens of thousands of teenagers how to drive safely in the greater Los Angeles area.

Drivers Ed Direct spends over 60 hours training each instructor, with a focus on helping instructors:

  1. Develop an expert understanding of the California Vehicle Code.
  2. Develop a mentoring/coaching style of instruction that builds student confidence.
  3. Always exercise patience, courtesy, and a desire to help the student.
  4. Conduct themselves in a highly professional manner at all times.

Meet All of Our DMV Licensed Driving Instructors

Get to know our crew and learn a little about what makes each of our instructors uniquely qualified:

Driving Instructor Alejandra
Movie: 2 Fast 2 Furious, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, The Outsiders, Roll Bounce

Music: Death Cab for Cutie, Silversun Pickups, Muse, Taylor Swift, Depeche Mode

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy baking, hiking and spending as much time with my family.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I am a hardworking, patient and caring individual who has worked and mentored children and teenagers in different areas of self-development. I've helped create an environment where my students can express themselves freely and provided them early academic support.

Thoughts on teaching: Teaching begins with me. I am a big believer in leading by example, and I enjoy teaching my students that it's ok to make mistakes, but progress comes with taking that mistake and learning from it and moving on.

Thoughts on the environment: Earth is our home, and I'm resolved in developing good habits that allow me to do my part in protecting our environment and it all starts at home with my everyday activities.



Driving Instructor Andrew
Movie: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Charade, A Face in the Crowd, The Big Lebowski, Five Easy Pieces

Music: Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Derek & the Dominos, Wilson Pickett, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Hobby: I enjoy playing basketball and ping-pong, reading, watching movies, and eating good food (which is not always the same as eating healthy food).

Teaching/Mentoring experience: Prior to becoming a driving instructor I was a math tutor, and helped many students survive their Pre-Calculus and Calculus courses.

Thoughts on teaching: Teaching is a great way to continue learning. When I try to explain something to students I gain a better understanding of the material, as well as a greater understanding of myself. Interacting with students is rewarding, because each one looks at the world in a totally unique way.

Thoughts on the environment: I like the environment. I want to get to know it. I don't want to kill it. I think littering is shameful.


Driving Instructor Anthony
Movie: Marvel Movies, Ocean's Eleven, Superbad, Star Wars, Samurai X

Music: Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk, DJ Snake, Crown City Rockers

Hobby: On my free time, I enjoy playing video games like Tekken, Street Fighter and Smash Bros. I also enjoy video editing, animation, podcasting and tinkering with computers.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: At a previous job, I trained new hires. I am calm and easy going, but also very thorough. Many of my trainees became trainers themselves.

Thoughts on teaching: I find it fun to teach people the things that I know. I also think it's very important that they learn correctly and are efficient and accurate. I try my best to explain things in many different ways so that nothing is misinterpreted and is understandable from any situation. Knowledge is power.

Thoughts on the environment: Save a little bit of the world now so that there's a little bit for someone else in the future. I can't wait for solar power and electric cars to be more a thing.


Driving Instructor Daniel
Movie: Star Wars, Superbad, The Matrix, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Napoleon Dynamite

Music: The Weeknd, Lana Del Rey, J. Cole, Lisa Hannigan, Banda MS

Hobby: Food: be it cooking, baking, or eating (by far the best part). Love finding new restaurants and trying new cuisines. I enjoy nature, so going out for a run or a hike up in the mountains is always welcome. Always up for a museum, an art exhibit, or a quirky spot, as well as a good show.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: Since high school I volunteered at schools working with young children, always finding it a joy to be able to help young ones learn something new. After college I worked for LAUSD working with special needs students. I have been able to work with all age groups, from pre-K all the way to seniors. I was able to learn the value of patience and open clear communication in the learning process. Most recently I worked with blind and low vision students helping them in different subjects from geometry to US history.

Thoughts on teaching: Simply stated: we learn something new every day; be it something amusing or trivial, or something useful and beneficial. I honestly enjoy both. I enjoy being able to teach someone a random fact, a piece of trivia that may not be entirely of use, but is just fun to know. But what I truly delight in is being able to share a piece of knowledge that a person can use. Something that can improve their life, even in the slightest.

Thoughts on the environment: The Earth is our home, the only one we got. We need to work towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. That takes each one of us putting in our part. And even the smallest contributions of many can eventually make a change.


Driving Instructor Erick
Movie: Thor Ragnarok, Hobbs & Shaw, Avengers Endgame, Coco, Black Panther

Music: The Neighbourhood, Halsey, Lana Del Rey, Billie Eilish, J Balvin

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy saltwater fishing, going out for a jog, or just driving around town listening to music.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: Throughout high school I would volunteer with kids at a summer camp as part of the staff at the local community park. I would help host many events for the kids and plan activities that would be both fun and educational.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe knowledge is power. Teaching is essential and is done throughout everyone's lives. It builds up character, confidence, and makes us grow into who we are today. It's great how you can share your knowledge, experiences, and ideas so you can help others.

Thoughts on the environment: I am an outdoors person, so I always try to do my part in preserving the environment by always picking up after others and myself. Industrialism has taken over our world and environment and created more pollution than we can handle, affecting not only humans but also affecting present and future animal species. I am convinced a small change can make a big difference and everyone can do their part in preventing more pollution and further destruction.


Driving Instructor Gary
Movie: Goodfellas, The Big Lebowski, Finding Nemo, No Country For Old Men, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Music: Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Metallica, AC/DC

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy mountain biking, finding new restaurants to eat at, and tinkering with computers.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I previously worked as a Call Taker for an Ambulance company. I have trained over 10 individuals how to operate telephone calls for service in a dispatch center. Working in healthcare, I felt that I had to keep my training standards high as we were responsible for the well-being of our patients.

Thoughts on teaching: I have always found how valuable it is to have a great teacher. I believe that learning a task can be challenging at times, so it is important to go at your own pace and retain as much information as you can.

Thoughts on the environment: I think that if we all do our part to reduce our waste and take care of our surroundings, we can see our environment last for years to come. I love spending time outdoors and I would like others to have that opportunity to see the outdoors remain cared for.


Driving Instructor Jami
Movie: Marvel Trilogies, Lilo & Stitch, The Dark Knight, Crazy Rich Asians, Just Go With It

Music: Lifehouse, Twenty One Pilots, 3 Doors Down, The Smiths, Soundgarden

Hobby: I like singing karaoke, swimming, hiking, reading, and walks on the beach with my spouse.

Other Languages: Currently learning French.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I am a hardworking and patient individual who has had many years of experience working with children and adults of all ages in various ways. I have worked with children of various ages in after-school programs, day cares, and even preschools. Also, before joining Drivers Ed Direct, I worked for the California Highway Patrol as an office secretary. I was able to gain knowledge about the do's/don'ts of the road and the various highway laws to help aid the officers in educating experienced and non-experienced drivers. In addition, I was also able to train new employees and volunteer staff on these laws in addition to regular office duties. With effective teaching skills and with being easy-going/approachable, all were able to benefit from the instructions and guidance provided and apply it accordingly.

Thoughts on teaching: My thought on teaching is that it should not be boring. If the teacher is boring the student, than what is being taught will fall on deaf ears and the application will be lacking. So to make it interesting, I like to provide visual/verbal examples, illustrations, humor, quirky-isms, trivia, etc. as aids in teaching. I want my students to enjoy learning how to drive and to be comfortable, and not give them a headache or added stress.

"Our job is not to prepare students for something. Our job is to prepare our students for anything," A.J. J. So with that said, I do not simply want to teach my students how to drive, but I want to teach them how to be ready for any situation that could happen while driving and to do their best on the road.

Thoughts on the environment: Our planet is truly a beautiful place with so many wonders that we can explore. Sadly, in many ways, it has been mistreated. So we must do our part to maintain and preserve this planet and not be another cause in mistreating it.


Driving Instructor Jay
Movie: Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Star Wars Saga, Tron, Transformers

Music: The Beatles, Queen, Frank Sinatra, Death Cab for Cutie, Foo Fighters

Hobby: Star gazing with my telescope, Basketball, Hiking, Jogging, Roller Blading

Other Languages: Spanish & currently learning French

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I interned for 6 months at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA working with students of all ages helping them understand the importance of space exploration and manned space flight. I also tutored teens in Astronomy, Science and Biology.

Thoughts on teaching: Even before being an instructor with Drivers Ed Direct I loved teaching and mentoring those around me. Something I would say to my students at NASAs JPL is that anything is possible as long as you believe it is possible. With practice, determination and conviction you can achieve your goals and that is how I approach my students behind the wheel.

Thoughts on the environment: Our home planet Earth is like a beautiful jewel in the universe and unfortunately we don't take care of it as well as we should. I firmly believe that all of us have a responsibility as tenants on this beautiful planet. We need to personally do our part to help the environment and start with the small things that may not seem to matter at first.



Driving Instructor Jen
Movie: The Big Lebowski, Romeo & Juliet, Silver Linings Playbook, Annie Hall, Almost Famous

Music: Adele, Fiona Apple, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, White Stripes

Hobby: In my free time I love to craft, bike ride, hike, and go to the beach.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I have a lot of experience relating to teenagers because I am the mother of a teen. The most experience I have gathered is simply in the day to day dealings of being a mother, guardian, coordinator, coach and teacher. Everyday as a parent you wear each of these hats. I have learned how to best relay information that will be listened to and retained. I know the art of choosing which areas to focus on and how to correct the students without them feeling criticized. I understand that learning to drive can be intimidating and overwhelming for some and I will help them build their confidence and skill equally.

Thoughts on teaching: I am a patient, kind and easy going instructor. I realize the importance of learning the safest and most efficient way to drive. These are learned skills and behaviors that you will carry with you throughout your life. I want students to be knowledgeable, confident and safe drivers for themselves and their passengers.

Thoughts on the environment: I believe if everyone puts forth effort into making our world as healthy and clean as possible, we will all benefit.



Driving Instructor Jo
Movie: The Godfather 1 & 2, Rear Window, The Princess Bride, Amelie, What We Do In The Shadows

Music: Zero 7, David Bowie, ska/reggae, funk, classical

Hobby: Working on my photography portfolio, gardening, going to museums/galleries, watercolor painting, fishing, reading, and attending car shows

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a parent of a recent high school graduate, I have spent many past years as a parent volunteer in the classroom and in the school library. More importantly, with the role of being a parent comes the experience of being encouraging, supportive, patient, and understanding along with the teachings and interactions.

Thoughts on teaching: I was raised in a family of professional drivers and had been taught early on the importance, safeties, and know-hows of driving. Being on the road with my dad in his semi-truck taught me so many valuable lessons. Ones I still adhere to till this day. I'd like to be able to give that back to my students ... building them up to be responsible, knowledgeable, skillful, and alert drivers.

Thoughts on the environment: Reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat.


Driving Instructor Juan
Movie: Step Bothers, Pulp Fiction, Dark Knight Trilogy, John Wick Trilogy, Marvel Movies

Music: Slipknot, NEFFEX, Kendrick Lamar, 21 Savage, Pantera

Hobby: I'm a full time competitive Muay Thai Boxer, gym enthusiast and practitioner, love to run and hike, food lover and discoverer.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I have been coaching people in boxing and kickboxing for 10 years; I've also trained teammates for up and coming competitions on Amateur and Professional levels. I also do personal training for finesses and strength training.

Thoughts on teaching: In my experience as a coach/instructor, I have learned that failure can teach us many things about ourselves. In our early stages of life, when we fell, we learned to get back up. With that you build strength to stand tall and walk. That concept can apply to almost anything in life, every time you fail you learn to recover. You can build character, strength, commitment and work ethic. Failure can spawn creativity, motivation and tenacity. When you bring all of that together you are sure to achieve unequivocal success.

Thoughts on the environment: As human beings we hold the key to our very own survival, with that responsibility we should be held accountable for the very livelihood of this planet. It should be our duty to protect and preserve the very ecosystem we need to continue living.


Driving Instructor Kevin
Movie: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, A Walk to Remember, Marvel movies, Coach Carter

Music: John Legend, NIKI, Khalid, Jorja Smith, Justin Timberlake

Hobby: I love to play sports, specifically basketball, and also enjoy rooting for the LAKERS! In my down time, I like hanging out with friends and trying out new restaurants. I also enjoy playing video games and watching all kinds of movies.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: Even in high school I always enjoyed helping out others no matter the subject. This love for teaching led me to help tutor my younger brother and my friends' siblings in a variety of subjects, trying to make the learning process enjoyable. Later in life I started coaching basketball using the skills I learned because of my love for the game.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe making the teaching or coaching environment fun, relaxed, and friendly will yield the best results. We're all different and learn at a different pace, so it's necessary to adapt to every student's individual needs. Using patience to make for a safe and fun learning experience is what I strive for.

Thoughts on the environment: I love the outdoors... from walking on sandy beaches to hiking through the mountains. I truly believe everyone has to do their part to keep our planet clean. If just a few more people did so, we would see a huge difference.


Driving Instructor Matty
Movie: Jaws, It Might Get Loud, Nacho Libre, No Country For Old Men, Silver Linings Playbook

Music: The White Stripes, Bread, Thundercat, Tame Impala, MF DOOM, Prince

Hobby: I love playing music, working out, surfing, roller skating, camping, backpacking, and crate digging for vinyl records!

Other Languages: Learning Spanish!

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I've worked in teaching kids in some way or another since I was 14. I've had years of experience as a swimming coach during the summers. I also teach guitar and music theory to children, adults, and everyone in between! I love working with teens because they're at such an exciting and formative time in their lives and it's an honor to show them how fun and safe driving can be.

Thoughts on teaching: I remember how terrifying it was to be on the road for the first time with my driving instructor and how much it meant to me when he was so cool when I made a mistake. My main goal is to create a positive and safe learning environment where the student can learn from their mistakes and really start to understand why the rules of the road are set in place. Remember - a lesson is where we learn, practice is where we perfect.

Thoughts on the environment: The overall health of our planet is in bad shape. It is all of our duties to minimize our personal plastic waste and carbon footprint. I am a big proponent of second hand shopping and gardening! Keeping this in mind, I think it's also important to hold large companies accountable for their part in maintaining a healthy environment. Thankfully, at Drivers Ed Direct, all cars used for lessons are hybrid vehicles which help reduce carbon emissions into the air.


Driving Instructor Micah
Movie: The Count of Monte Cristo, Stardust, El Dorado, The Usual Suspects, 24, G.O.T.

Music: Mutemath, Andy Hunter, Calvin Harris, Muse, Ellie Goulding, Switchfoot

Hobby: I just can't get enough of Ultimate Frisbee during the summer, and I'll read anything by Jim Butcher. I also enjoy my FPS and RPG games on PS4, and every now and then I tinker around with clay and claim it's a ceramics project.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: Since High School, I have spent many years volunteering at the local youth center near my home in the Bay Area. At this center, my mentor once told me that a true Teacher/Mentor is a treasure hunter. Their job is to find gold buried within someone and dig it up. So as cheesy as it may sound, I believe everyone has gold within them, and by that I mean something unique and special to that person that is worth discovering.

Thoughts on teaching: Driving is a privilege and bestows responsibility. As an instructor with Drivers Ed Direct, I aim to set students up for success with a safe and constructive environment in which to train. I am very down to earth, and I teach how I like to be taught, with respect.

Thoughts on the environment: During my lifetime, I would like to see a city completely powered by clean energy. I know we still have a long road ahead, but I believe the future of our planet depends on the choices we make over the next 100 years.



Driving Instructor Rob
Movie: Back to the Future, Braveheart, Castaway, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight

Music: Radiohead, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Muse

Hobby: I regularly go hiking and camping. I love the outdoors and have the goal of one day meeting Bigfoot.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a park ranger I supervised several large events and important sites, I ensured the safety of the community, and I worked 1-on-1 educating people about nature.

Thoughts on teaching: It is important to pass on to others the knowledge that has helped you in life. There are too many bad drivers on the road. I teach others so that they don't learn bad habits.

Thoughts on the environment: We only have one Earth so there's no excuse to trash it. It should be everyone's goal to improve the world around them, even by doing small things. Little ripples become big waves.


Driving Instructor Sam
Movie: Jurassic Park, Transformers, Casablanca, I Am Legend, Cinema Paradiso

Music: Linkin Park, Frank Sinatra, Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Rage Against The Machine

Hobby: In my free time I like to go hiking or heading out to the beach, also working on cars.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: For the past few years I have been doing community service for a non-profit organization. I have also been a teacher's aide, helping younger kids with math.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe that you must share your knowledge with the world so everyone can grow and progress.

Thoughts on the environment: I think humanity as a whole has to put effort to preserve our planet earth, so future generations can enjoy this world.


Driving Instructor Sydney
Movie: She's The Man, Hairspray, Harry Potter Franchise, Marvel Franchise, and the Ip Man Franchise!

Music: BTS, IU, SOLE, Nao, and Ariana Grande

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy doing most things creative! Such as writing, painting, embroidery, and playing Animal Crossing!

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I tend to assimilate myself into a leadership role quite easily, so my first mentoring / teaching experience was actually in the church! As a part of the music ministry, I would lead our practices as well as choose what songs to perform every week! Aside from that, I was also a "big sister" to most of our youth who needed guidance in everyday life. Before Drivers Ed Direct, I've also taught a handful of family and friends how to drive, which brought me to this job in the first place!

Thoughts on teaching: As a patient and bright individual, I love teaching people new things! There is a genuine satisfaction in knowing someone is getting the hang of a new skill, and although there may be tough times to get through, getting to be there every step of the way is truly worth it. You can never be too old or too young to learn something new, and being able to help in any kind of way is a humbling experience!

Thoughts on the environment: Being environmentally cautious is the first step in taking care of our planet. Although it can be daunting to rewrite our bad habits in order to benefit the world we live in, it's important to know that even one step in the right direction, is a step that matters. I'm on my way to being as environmentally friendly as possible, and even though it's at a slow pace, being an example for those around me is truly important. As they say, we've only got one short life on this beautiful planet, we better take care of it!


Driving Instructor Tony
Movie: Titanic, Fast and Furious, The Pursuit of Happyness, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Music: Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Shakira, Mariah Carey

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy tinkering with cars, exercise, trying new foods and traveling the world.

Other Languages: Armenian

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I used to train volunteers that would donate their time to the elderly living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Also, I used to coach my little brother's soccer team.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe that people learn best when they are in a happy and comfortable environment. Therefore I prefer a more relaxed teaching style where we slow down to a pace that is ideal for the individual. A bit of guidance, patience and explanation gets the job done.

Thoughts on the environment: I feel that we all hold an important responsibility in preserving our environment. There are many little things we can change in our daily lives that will go a long way for the future well-being of our planet.


Driving Instructor Vatche
Movie: Iron Man, Big, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Spider Man, Norbit

Music: Depeche Mode, U2, Madonna

Hobby: In my free time I enjoy working out in the gym, hiking and bike riding. I love spending quiet times at home watching movies and playing a variety of games with my family.

Other Languages: Armenian

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I am a calm and patient individual who has had over 30 years of experience driving. I enjoy teaching and working with children and adults of all ages. I moved to California with my family in 1980 and lived in Glendale and Burbank area most of my life. Over the years, I have had several jobs, but always enjoyed teaching the most. I mentored young kids, teenagers and younger adults with various projects while raising two kids and being actively involved in their lives. My wife and I give unconditional love and attention to our kids and that connection helps me understand and relate with my students better. With my easy going personality and positive attitude, my lessons are sure to be fun and interactive.

Thoughts on teaching: Teaching a student how to drive and be a safe driver is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Recognizing the fact that a novice driver may be very nervous and scared, it is my job to make sure that the student feels safe and secure knowing that I will do my best to provide that level of comfort. I believe in a soft and positive reinforcement approach to teaching. Building upon the basic skills and progressing forward with positive reinforcement will give the student that safe and secure feeling and make them a safer driver.

Thoughts on the environment: Plant a tree, recycle and do your share to preserve our environment today, so it will stay healthy and strong for future generations to enjoy.