Teaching driver education and training
for over 20 years.

Meet the Team – The Best Driving Instructors Around

Ryan

Ryan

Operator / Manager

Introducing Ryan who has been teaching at Behind the Wheel Driving School since 2009. He has a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling and has been teaching for over 20 years. He feels that the most important factor in teaching is to provide lessons based on each student’s specific needs. In his free time, Ryan likes to hike, compete in triathlons, Spartan races and spend time at the beach.

Amanda "Mandy"

Amanda "Mandy"

Customer Service Representative

Introducing  Amanda “Mandy” who has been with Behind the Wheel Driving School since 2009. She is happy to assist with scheduling and providing information over the phone or in our Manhattan Beach office.  She learned to drive on a farm in New Mexico at the age of nine years old and has lots of stories about the quirky animals that she grew up with. In her free time, Mandy likes to spend time with her two dogs, Lucie Roo (a Basset Hound) and Barney (a Labrador Retriever).

Melissa

Melissa

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Melissa Torres who is also a licensed motorcycle rider with a class M license. She is very passionate about the importance of safe driving and awareness of surroundings because of her experience riding motorcycles. She is great at helping new drivers to feel comfortable when learning to drive. Her DMV Drive Test Service students have some of the highest passing rates.  In her free time, Melissa likes oil painting, camping, snowboarding and designing tattoos. She loves to frequent Disneyland with her nephew and take advantage of her annual pass.

Javier

Javier

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Javier who has been teaching as a driving instructor and PE teacher  for a combined 5 years. He is pursuing his teaching credential for K-12 students.  Javier is highly requested because he is great at helping students to feel calm and relaxed while he provides a thorough and detailed driving lesson.  It is his pleasure to assist his students in developing critical driving skills to ensure that they become safe drivers for life. In his free time, Javier likes to spend time with his son and playing baseball. He is a big fan of the Dodgers.

Mario

Mario

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing  Mario who has been teaching with Behind the Wheel Driving School since 2010. He has had the pleasure of working with students of every age, experience level and background. Mario likes to keep his driving lessons fun but also focuses on the importance of safe driving. In addition to teaching behind the wheel lessons, he also instructs the In-Class Driver Education Course.  In his free time, Mario likes to spend time with his son, daughter and wife.

Traci

Traci

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing “Mama Traci” who prides herself as a professional driver. She has been driving big rigs and buses for almost a decade. She has achieved the almost impossible task of teaching both of her own children to drive. Teaching your own children to drive can be quite the challenge but Traci will be happy to provide her expertise in order to preserve your families loving relationships. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her grandson. Watching Disney movies with him is a favorite pastime.

Mike

Mike

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing  Mike who has been teaching as a driving instructor and PE teacher for a combined 8 years. His favorite part of the job is the fun personalities that he gets to work with on a daily basis. He is great at connecting with all of his students and makes the lessons fun.  In his free time, Mike likes to play the bass, ride his bike and attend Galaxy games. He loves to travel to other countries to learn about new cultures.

Laura

Laura

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Laura. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Laura has been teaching new drivers since 2014. Her favorite part of the job is connecting with her students and providing them the knowledge and skills to be safe and legal drivers.  In her free time, Laura loves to spend time with her “fur-babies” (dogs).

Anita

Anita

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Anita who has a passion for safety. Prior to becoming a driving instructor, she worked as a professional bus driver and was responsible for safely transporting passengers in her very large MTA bus. Anita strives to provide a truly exceptional driver training experience to enable her students to become independent and safe drivers while making a positive life-long impression. In her free time she enjoys scrap-booking, watching movies and is an avid reader.

Michelle

Michelle

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Michelle who also holds a class B license. She is a former shuttle bus driver at her alma mater, UC Davis. She has the knowledge and experience to effectively teach students safe driving habits and is currently pursuing her teaching credential for K-12. Michelle loves the Seattle Seahawks and the Lakers. In her free time, Michelle likes to camp, kayak, play tennis and swim. She is a big fan of Game of Thrones.

Ruben

Ruben

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing Ruben who has been teaching with Behind the Wheel Driving School since 2003. Ruben has found that teaching is most fulfilling when you help someone learn something new that will benefit them for a lifetime of driving. He is extremely patient and is skilled at giving students the confidence to get behind the wheel. He is good at bringing humor into the lessons to make driving fun. Ruben is a graduate from Cal State Long Beach who is fluent in Spanish. He is a substitute teacher for our local high schools. In his free time, Ruben likes to spend time with his family, go to concerts, camping and loves to cook. He is a huge Lakers fan.