Some of Our Team:
The people on our team are diverse, dynamic, and committed to our mission, vision and to you. While we would love to share all of them with you here, there are so many that we have to be practical.
So here’s a featured few to give you an idea of the people who help us make a difference in the life of your teenager.
Lead Instructor: Dan Buckle
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In-car instructor: Blake Frazier
Role: Blake is an in-car instructor for both teens and parents. His focus is to engage students, build confidence and share examples of how the principles learned can apply to everyday life.
Qualifications and Expertise: Blake has provided in-car instruction for many regional organizations since 2004. He strives to equip students with the ability to anticipate and then mitigate risk.
Inspiration: ”Sharing my love of driving with students is very satisfying. Every student is different, and the progress they can make in just a day or two is amazing. It is incredible to think that I can have a positive influence on someone for years to come.”
In-car Instructor: Bob Snow
- Role: Bob is an in-car driving instructor for all moving exercises, automobile mechanical pre-inspections and student behavior.
- Qualifications and Expertise: Bob has a degree in Electrical Engineering and has several years experience in high-performance driving instruction in multiple auto club functions. Bob is currently semi-retired from a career of international program management with AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and others. He has done consulting work in corporate security including the planning and establishment of corporate tactical driving programs.
- Inspiration: He rarely drives more than a couple miles without witnessing young drivers placing themselves and others in danger and ebelieves that believes that jeopardy on the road is not only a result of lack of education but more often comes from other drivers. Bob believes that raising student spatial awareness and concentration can do as much as training in the physical skills of automobile control and maintenance. Bob has two children who each took driver training far beyond what was taught in high school, now has grandchildren within a year of obtaining their license and is making certain that they all take advantage of a school like TDS.
In-car Instructor: Brian Wright
- Role: My role as an instructor is to equip my students for real, unexpected driving scenarios which present themselves every day. I teach awareness, preparation and the understanding of vehicle dynamics to arrive alive.
- Qualifications & Expertise: I’ve been driving on the roads for 25 years and competitively for 17 years. I started my journey with autocross, progressed to on-track driving schools and am currently racing in SCCA’s Spec Miata Class. I began instructing teens through the TDSS in 2012.
- Inspiration: I love cars, driving and racing. Continuing to improve my driving skills and car control is thrilling. I realize now how little I knew when I was “invincible.” Having the chance to give that knowledge and experience to today’s teens is truly rewarding. Knowing that these lessons can prevent accidents and save lives is epic.
In-car instructor: Ken Frederick
- Role: Ken has a knack for encouraging students to think and drive. He helps students bridge the gap from receiving commands from an experienced driver (parent), to mentally and physically; recognizing, understanding and solving problems, then initiating good driving techniques to stay safe on the highway. When combining this with other driving skills Ken teaches, the student develops self confidence and motoring confidence to drive safely.
- Qualifications and Expertise: From his childhood days in the rural coalfields, Ken has developed a mechanical aptitude to understand machines, particularly the automobile. He developed a love for the automobile and driving when he was very young. While studying electrical engineering at PennState, Ken learned much in the way of physics and the dynamics of materials and motion. After his service in the U.S. Army, he chose to pursue a career in law enforcement and worked for 21 years at the Lynchburg Virginia Police Department where investigating crashes was a daily event. It was during this time Ken received his BS degree in sociology from Averett University in Danville, VA. His talents and skills have allowed him to teach in many venues including the police academy and the DARE program in the public and private schools. In 2006 Ken co-founded and became a co-owner of Academy of Driving in Lynchburg where he teaches basic driver education both in the classroom and in the car.
- Inspiration: Ken’s willingness to share his knowledge and skills is motivated by: 1) His experiences of past events that have gone bad for others, 2) His understanding of the limitations of current driver education programs in America and 3) The need to vastly improve our driver education curricula in the future. Ken rarely misses an opportunity to appropriately speak to parents of small children and remind them that their children will be watching them drive as they grow and will only have the references displayed by mom and dad when they get behind the wheel. In his words, Ken wants to stop the senseless crashes, injuries and deaths on our highways. He sees today’s teens and their willing parents as the place to build this much needed strong foundation.
In-car instructor: Paul Garrett
- Role: My role as Instructor at TDSS is to communicate and demonstrate the best defensive driving techniques to my students in the safest possible way. Teaching in-car methods to prevent accidents from ever happening is my ultimate goal. I also want the students to have fun as they learn from me.
- Qualifications and Expertise: Following college, I spent several years working as an Engineer in the aerospace industry. This prepared me for a career in sales, marketing and General Management in a global Chemical Industry. Interfacing and communicating with very diverse clients worldwide is a critical skill I developed throughout my career. These skills are directly applicable to instructing teen students, the ability to “connect” with them. I have enjoyed over 15 years of in-car instruction for all levels of experience and expertise.
- Inspiration: I have always had a passion for cars as one of my hobbies. Teaching safe, accident prevention techniques to teenagers is my way of giving back to the community . I love working with young adults, especially in preparing them to “arrive alive”. If I can be a factor in saving one life or preventing one serious traffic accident I will have accomplished my goal.
In-car Instructor: Dean Irwin
- Role: Dean coaches and guides the student and helps to “drive home” the practical application of everything taught in the classroom.
- Qualifications and Expertise: 19 years cumulative working, driving and instruction experience in high performance driving education events, decisive driving and racing; 10 years traditional instruction experience at a local college in Raleigh, NC.
- Inspiration: Dean loves to use his experience in education and his passion for driving to help others become more informed and empowered, and gets satisfaction from seeing students embracing, learning and putting that new found knowledge to good use.
In-car Instructor: Norbert Watts
- Role: In car instructor.
- Qualifications and Expertise: Raced in SCCA in Spec Racer Ford and T1 Corvette. Instruct at 40 driving schools per year in sports car and in stock cars on NASCAR tracks.
- Inspiration: I want to help teens make good decisions and improve their driving skills.