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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 Leader of Our California Crew - Tom Milewski - Operator

Tom - Operator - Training the Trainers
With over 15 years' experience behind-the-wheel and in the classroom himself, Tom has personally taught thousands of teenagers how to drive safely in the greater Los Angeles area. Today, Tom puts his extensive driver education experience to good use by training all of Drivers Ed Direct's behind-the-wheel instructors.

When it comes to his thoughts on teaching, Tom shares "Whenever you are able to impart knowledge & skills to somebody, that is satisfying; but when this knowledge and skills can actually make a difference in that person's life, then that's truly rewarding!"

Tom 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 Tom:
Tom and Conan in the Prius on the Tonight Show 
Russell Brand Shares an anecdote about his driving lesson with Tom (on Jimmy Kimmel) 
Check out Tom giving lessons on Dr. Phil 
Tom gives Dr. Phil a hand with a tire changing competition 
Student video testimonial for Tom 


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 Alyssa
Movie: Pan's Labyrinth, The Italian Job, Harry Potter Series, Coco

Music: Iron Maiden, Childish Gambino, Kodaline, The Bird & The Bee

Hobby: I enjoy traveling, hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I am a very patient individual and have 5 years of experience volunteering with kids ages 8-15 at sleep away summer camps through the YMCA. I also have experience working with adults with a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities. I'm currently applying to programs to get my Special Education teaching credential.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe that teaching takes a lot of patience and the ability to stay calm. There is nothing more rewarding when teaching than seeing the look in a student's eyes when it clicks and they understand what you're trying to teach them.

Thoughts on the environment: We only have one planet and need to do everything we can to protect it!


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 Brian
Movie: Rocky IV, The Other Guys, Ip Man, Platoon, Saving Private Ryan

Music: J.Cole, Queen, The Weeknd, Anderson Paak, Glass Animals

Hobby: In my free time I like to go on long drives exploring different areas and finding great places to eat, as well as dancing, weightlifting, going to concerts/musical festivals, & video games.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a teenager I coached a little league soccer team (Go Blackhawks!) and even volunteered for the league as a referee. Every week I'd get together with the kids and their parents to go over what we'd be doing for practice and how to better ourselves as a team. Later on I discovered the MDA Summer Camp. I volunteer there as a camp counselor and work with kids who have muscular dystrophy to create a fun caring environment.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe we teach in everything we do. That's why I believe, to really get through to someone who is trying to learn, we must not only know the material but know how to communicate it to each student since everyone learns a different way or at different rates. The right attitude, the right mentality, and just a genuine care for the students can go a very long way!

Thoughts on the environment: I do believe we should be taking care of the Earth because it is our home. Just a little more love and affection can go a very long way. We all know SoCal is hot enough already. If nothing else, we should be protecting our environment so that the heat doesn't get any worse.


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 Harry
Movie: Jurassic Park, King Kong, Harry Potter, Analyze This, Norbit

Music: Metallica, System of a Down, Coheed and Cambria

Hobby: In my free time, I enjoy going deep sea fishing and lake fishing. I also enjoy reading books about historical events and people who have achieved great things.

Other Languages: Armenian

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a young adult, I taught martial arts to kids ranging from the ages of four to fifteen.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe teaching is much more than just giving simple instructions and directions. Teaching is something you have to feel and express differently with every individual. I take a simple, easy going, and understanding approach to my teaching. I like to analyze the needs of every student and identify their strengths, and my goal is to solidify their strengths, eliminate weaknesses, and give them confidence.

Thoughts on the environment: I believe we need to protect our world and care for all life on this planet, but first we must learn to care for each other and do right to our brothers and sisters in humanity. If we cannot help ourselves, how can we help our planet?


Driving Instructor Jarred
Movie: Kickboxer, Captain Fantastic, Troy, Zeitgeist, The Quest

Music: Glass Animals, Iron and Wine, Max Frost, Hippie Sabotage, Alt-J

Hobby: An explorer at heart, I love to go anywhere that I haven't been before. Adventuring with my family has to be at the top of my favorite things list. As a native Floridian, I also have an innate passion for fishing.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I have three years of experience coaching small children and teenagers in soccer. When coaching soccer, there are times on the field when a child may need instruction in a situation where things are moving more quickly than they're accustomed to. The same could be said for behind the wheel driving instruction. Having developed the ability to convey clear instruction on the field, I can now safely do so behind the wheel.

Thoughts on teaching: To grow and to learn are two of humankind's greatest needs and desires. In order to facilitate this, we need teachers. I feel that teaching is both noble and necessary. I believe that, as instructors, we must be experts in our chosen craft to sufficiently translate that information to a student.

Thoughts on the environment: I believe that as our population grows and our society expands, our footprint grows with it. As we move forward, it will be dependent upon the collective of individuals to reduce our impact on the environment. It's the small choices we make every day as consumers that collectively make the largest impact.


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 Josef
Movie: The Fifth Element, Angel-A, Léon: The Professional, Inglourious Basterds, All-Star Superman

Music: Madlib, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, John Coltrane, The Roots

Hobby: I enjoy watching shows, and interviews, and reading articles, books, etc., that engage and reveal the essence of topics and people. Mix in some weightlifting, sneaker blogs, video games, literary and visual art, and good conversation... I'd say that equates to a pretty cool day.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: My most consistent experience teaching/mentoring came when I worked at a special needs school. The student body consisted of elementary, middle, and high-school students. The students had various needs and diagnoses ranging from emotionally disturbed, bipolar, ADHD, and severe learning disabilities. I assisted them in formal education, as well as in enrichment classes. During my time there I further learned how effective sincerity is, whether it was time spent with the little children or teenagers. When you really want to help someone, if you mean it and they know you mean it that is where true refining can begin.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe teaching must possess certain attributes; a quality environment, for example, where students can be encouraged, have fun, and are given room to be expressive and learn from their mistakes. This type of atmosphere allows the student to relax so that the lesson may be well received and acted upon. The teacher and student are both learning and doing the lesson together.

Thoughts on the environment: Our environment is one of the most majestic things on the earth, from the sounds of thunder and rainfall to the scent of wildflowers. It is here to support us and teach us many things. It contains elements of life and death and life again. We see time through its seasons, and taste the food of its rich ground. It is a mother and a father to us, demanding respect, nurturing, hot, cold, deep, tall, wide, and hot and cold again. It shows us the consequences of being irresponsible. We must honor it with our actions.


Driving Instructor Liz
Movie: Forest Gump, Nacho Libre, Ruby Sparks, The Outsiders, Little Miss Sunshine

Music: Arctic Monkeys, La Santa Cecilia, Lo Blondo, James Bay, Saint Motel

Hobby: In my free time I love going on hikes with friends, visiting botanical gardens and trying out new foods.

Other Languages: Spanish

Teaching/Mentoring experience: At a young age, I would volunteer to teach others. I recently worked as an English tutor. I helped the students reach their goals, which were to learn the rules of the language and practice using it in everyday life. Currently, I am studying to work with children with special needs. Therefore, I occasionally visit schools to observe and learn from the professionals and students on how to mentor these children.

Thoughts on teaching: I love learning new things and you always will learn something new when you teach. In addition, I believe teaching should be made fun and enjoyable for the student. That way both parties have a great experience!

Thoughts on the environment: We only get one planet Earth. We should do everything we can to keep it clean and healthy.


Driving Instructor Mark
Movie: Psycho, All That Jazz, The Graduate, Amadeus, Finding Nemo

Music: You name it: Beethoven to James Brown, Little Richard to Diana Krall

Hobby: Movies, NBA basketball (Lakers), travel & reading

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I was a Teacher's Assistant in college at USC, and I taught video/film production to teenagers in Middle & High School.

Thoughts on Teaching: I think teaching is one of the most elegant forms of generosity there is. We all know something, so why not share it?

Thoughts on the environment: I can't control what others do. But I can control what I do, and I choose to take a small step and do what I can. Maybe my small step will inspire someone else to do the same. I wonder what would happen if 5 or 6 billion people all take a step.


Driving Instructor Matthew
Movie: Star Wars, Top Gun, Man on Fire, Inception

Music: Blink-182, Silverstein, Flosstradamus, UZ

Hobby: I am always listening to music in whatever I do. I enjoy hiking around the canyons. In my free time I like to help out on film sets, seeing a project come together is pretty exciting.

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a teenager I was involved in the BSA and was a leader amongst my peers. I was in charge of organizing events, camp outs, and merit badge instruction. As an adult I worked for an after school program through my county's sheriff's department. I helped elementary, jr. high and high school kids with their homework, school projects or came up with activities for them to do while waiting to be picked up from school.

Thoughts on teaching: I've learned a lot from mentors, teachers, or instructors I've had myself. I feel I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to others, doing so in fun relaxed way. Being able to teach someone something new is always a feel good experience because I know how it is to be in the student's seat.

Thoughts on the environment: I love all animals and wildlife. It's sad how many animals and forests have gone extinct over the years. If we all do our part equally and try to live better ourselves, I believe we can create a better environment.


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 Nico
Movie: Rocky, Lord of the Rings (3 part series), Dog Day Afternoon, Angel-A, The Princess Bride

Music: The Cure, Caifanes, U2, Heroes del Silencio, Juan Gabriel

Hobby: In my free time, I enjoy writing fiction, movies, hiking, and trying new restaurants (different types of cuisine).

Other Languages: Spanish, French

Teaching/Mentoring experience: I have, for over a decade, provided mentoring to inner city youths by introducing them to different types of self-expression though dramatic arts. I have worked with youths and adults of all ages. While in Chicago from 1996-2004, I led and assisted programs that introduced video production and acting techniques to kids in grammar schools. The programs included involving the students and making them a part of the creation process from start to finish by showing them writing, directing, acting and editing. I learned that each one of us takes in information in ways that are unique to our personalities. When you are a teacher, I feel that you learn not only about the people you are teaching, you also learn a lot about yourself.

Thoughts on teaching: I believe that teaching is guiding. You pass knowledge that you have acquired to the student. This process allows you to adapt to their learning needs. The students offer new questions that allow you to grow and expand.

Thoughts on the environment: We have a responsibility to take care of the world that we have been given. It is through the way that we treat our planet that we really get to know ourselves. Always think of the children that will have this world once we leave it. Respect nature and keep it clean; don't pollute it.


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 Sean
Movie: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tombstone, Dazed and Confused, Pulp Fiction, Trainspotting

Music: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, Dream Theater, Pink Floyd and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Double Trouble

Hobby: Cycling, mountain biking, tennis, golf, photography, building model cars

Teaching/Mentoring experience: As a teen, I spent some time as a counselor at a summer day camp. During college, I tutored students in a variety of subjects.

Thoughts on teaching: There is something special about teaching--to be there when a student finally "gets it" is a truly gratifying experience; it honors me to be a part of that process.

Thoughts on the environment: We only have one Earth; we should do our best to take care of it so future generations can enjoy all it has to offer.


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.