Teaching driver education and training
for over 20 years.

Meet the Team

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.

Ama'da

Ama'da

Driving Instructor / Coach

Introducing  Ama’da who is also a licensed bus driver with a class B license. While driving a bus, Ama’da saw many terrible drivers out on the road and decided that she wanted to become an instructor/coach to help promote and teach safe driving skills. She has a very calming and positive attitude that helps with some of our students that may be feeling a little more nervous. She is currently pursuing a credential in teaching for K-12 students. In her free time, Ama’da likes to dance and loves to eat Mexican food. She is a big fan of Game of Thrones.

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.

Yvette

Yvette

Customer Service Representative

Introducing Yvette. If you call to obtain information or to schedule a lesson, she will be glad to help. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Her favorite part of the job is helping the very appreciative parents who are glad to have us teach their kids to drive legally and safely.  In her free time, Yvette likes to spend time with her daughter, picnics on the beach and likes watching The Walking Dead. Ask her about the time that she won 1st place in her in age group on a 10K run, but how she doesn’t like running.

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.