Don-Tre Driving School is very proud of our team of driving instructors which includes teachers, coaches, and educational administrators in local communities. All of our driving instructors are trained to meet the educational needs of all types of student learners.
Our instructors are all fully licensed by the state of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) as commercial driving instructors, and they have all been personally trained by the owners of Don-Tre Driving School. Further, every one of our driving instructors have been certified as New Jersey State Defensive Driving Instructors as well as being Drive Safer Certified™. All Don-Tre Driving School employees are insured and bonded as required by the State of New Jersey.
A lifelong educator and educational administrator, Don worked in the New Providence school system for 46 years where he was a teacher, coach, and athletic director. He taught driver education in the high school for over 30 years and opened Don-Tre Driving School in 1988.
Don is certified through the New Jersey State Department of Education, NJ MVC and the National Safety Council as a driving instructor.
Peter joined the Don-Tre Driving School business more than 15 years ago and currently instructs as well as manages the day-to-day operations of the school. Peter is certified through the New Jersey State Department of Education, NJ MVC, and the National Safety Council as a driving instructor.
Peter has personally trained and helped hundreds of students join the ranks of NJ teen safe drivers.
Carol has been with Don-Tre Driving School for over 20 years! Starting her career as the office manager when the office first opened in Springfield, to now being employed full-time at the Berkeley Heights office, Carol is a valued asset to the team. Carol is a resident of Berkeley Heights and when not working, enjoys being active by running and working out. Her other hobbies include watch both baseball and football.
A mother of 2, Carol’s son is a senior this year at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights and her daughter attends the College of Charleston, majoring in Communications and Hospitality Management.
Michael, aka Sully, is one of Don-Tre Driving School’s driving instructors, specializing in new driver training. Michael leads a busy life, having been a driving instructor for over 5 years, he is also a Middle School Assistant Principal as well as a Principal at an evening school. A proud father of 3, Michael enjoys spending with his family as well as exercising and watching Rutgers Football.
Michael has a passion for what he does. As an educator and driving instructor, he prides himself in the ability to help coach students to drive safely and carefully. Few things bring him more joy than running into former students and seeing how well they are doing.
Charles, or Charlie, has been a driving instructor with Don-Tre Driving School for over 10 years. He first began as a driving instructor because he needed a part time job, never realizing how much he would enjoy it! When not teaching drivers the rules of the road, Charlie is a full-time Computer Technician.
In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, boating, volleyball, and watching NASCAR. Charlie is the proud father of 3 children and 3 dogs. Charlie’s most memorable moment as a driving instructor was time he had to change a tire in the middle of winter in the freezing cold!
Joe is one of Don-Tre Driving School’s most experienced driving instructors. He has been teaching behind the wheel on and off for over 15 years. Joe’s favorite sport is baseball, and he is the Head Coach at Belleville High School. Joe’s hobbies are watching sports, reading, and spending time with family and friends. He loves Italian food and has one daughter, who will be 7 this February.
Joe became a driving instructor because he thought he would like to help students learn to drive and help them gain confidence to be successful. Joe fondly remembers one student’s learning experience with him. She was afraid to drive on the highway, but with Joe’s help, she was able to confidently merge in and out of the highway several times during her lessons. Her smile and satisfaction are just some of the perks of the position.
Thiago is one of our newer driving instructors having been teaching for 2 years. In his spare time he enjoys playing sports and reading. While in college he found the sport he is truly passionate about: rowing. It teaches him how to maintain a high level of focus and being in the moment like no other sport does. Those skills have translated well to his driving instruction, bringing that level of focus to his students.
Thiago’s most memorable moment as a driving instructor was when he taught identical twins. He decided to teach them the exact same way, through the exact same streets and highway. Everyone had a great time during the process and it was amazing to see how they both became better drivers.
Nancy has been teaching students behind the wheel with Don-Tre for over 25 years. Other than being a phenomenal driving instructor, Nancy is also an adapted physical education teacher and coach at Westfield High School. When not teaching students in and out of the car, Nancy enjoys staying active with her sports and cooking, as well as spending time with her 6 your old twins.
Nancy feels fortunate to be able to work in a family-run business with Don-Tre and to get to work with High School age students in both of her occupations. One of Nancy’s most memorable moments as a driving school instructor came when she got a call from a student with learning disabilities after passing the NJ road test. This was the third attempt, and it was a proud moment for the student and for Nancy!
George is one of Don-Tre Driving School’s driving instructors. George is passionate about imparting his knowledge and experience to beginning drivers so that they can be safe and responsible. His driving experience is exemplified by his perfect driving record. George takes on every new student as an opportunity to show how rewarding it can be to take on the seemingly impossible challenge of learning to drive through to getting a license.
Outside of working with Don-Tre, George is also an Insurance and Real Estate producer. When not working, George enjoys spending time traveling, and playing tennis.
Basil, also known as “BK” or “Bas”, has been a driving instructor with Don-Tre for 25 years. Basil works full time and enjoys music, being an active member of the Knights of Columbus and coaching. Basil also is an AAU basketball coach and also a coach for Excell Basketball Camp located in New Providence.
When not behind the wheel or on a basketball court, you can find Basil enjoying his favorite southern cuisine or listening to house music. Before joining Don-Tre Driving School, Basil worked for the NJ MVC in driver testing. Now he gets to enjoy the other side of driver testing. For that reason, seeing his students successfully pass a road test is one of Basil’s favorite things to experience!
Patrick is one of Don-Tre Driving School’s most experienced driving instructors. He has been teaching people to drive for over 42 years! After 40 years of service, Patrick is now a retired teacher and is committed to taking struggling new drivers and turning them into confident and safe drivers. It is a challenge he truly loves.
When not instructing, Patrick enjoys hitting the green for a round of golf, as well as playing softball. His favorite food is Italian, and his preferred music genre is oldies. Patrick is a wealth of knowledge on everything driver training related, and is a great resource for our team!
John, aka Hutch, has been in the driving education industry for over 12 years and has been a Don-Tre Driving instructor for 3 years. Besides being a valued team member at Don-Tre, John is a Physical Education teacher and Coach at Hillside High School. John resides in Scotch Plains and has 3 children; 2 boys, and 1 girl.
Mike is one of the newest members of the Don-Tre Driving School Team. Mike is a 7th grade Science teacher and loves working with children. Mike is committed to the safety and well-being of all of the students that he takes for behind the wheel training. Seeing a student’s confidence increase in the 6 short hours of lessons is something that Mike sees as a big perk of the job. When not working, Mike enjoys exercising, traveling, and reading.
Alex is one Don-Tre Driving School’s veteran driving instructors, who’s been teaching behind the wheel for over 15 years. When he’s not teaching students to drive, you can find Alex enjoying photography and tennis. One of Alex’s most memorable experiences was training a young girl who was deaf. Seeing her joy and excitement after completing her lessons was a wonderful experience and a memory that is still with him today.
Beverly, or Bev, teaches the Driver Theory Course for Don-Tre Driving School. She is a full time Physical Educator and Coach at Westfield High School. When not teaching or coaching, Beverly lives a very active life through her many hobbies and interests. Whether it’s horseback riding, gardening, cooking, or going to auctions, she is constantly on the move. Bev is also the proud owner of 2 horses and 3 cats.
Beverly’s most memorable moment as a driving educator involved one of her former players on the freshmen softball team, Zoe. After losing her cousin to a motor vehicle crash, Zoe was moved by her Aunt and Uncle’s decision to donate their child’s organs to the NJ Sharing Network. Zoe organized a program, which is being used until this day, for our students to learn more about being an organ donor.
Ashley has been teaching the 30 hour driver theory course for Don-Tre Driving School for 4 years. Fitness is her thing. Besides forming part of the Westfield High School faculty as a Health and Physical Education teacher, Ashley enjoys exercising as her main past time.
Ashley’s most memorable moment as a driving educator happened when her students went through a distracted driving simulation on scooters. While riding scooters, each student was able to experience the effects of driving while impaired through texting, “drunk goggles”, and being distracted by a friend as they maneuvered around an elaborate obstacle course. The exercise brought up great conversations about safe driving!
Along with being a Health and Physical Education teacher of 11 years, Lindsey has been teaching the 30 hour driver theory course for Don-Tre Driving School for 7 years. When not working on educating our youth, you can find Lindsey reading, hanging out with friends and family, and being active. Lindsey comes home to her daughter, Molly, and dog, Buca.
Don Tre Driving School is proud to say that it is a Drive Safer Certified™ Driving School.
When choosing a driving school for your family, it is critical to select the correct school. Not all schools are the same and may not invest in the ongoing training and development of their staff, providing a thorough curriculum and having properly maintained equipment.
The Drive Safer Certified™ Driving School program is a game changer for Driving Schools and for students. Participating driving schools are sending a clear message – “We are worth every cent you are going to pay to teach your family member to drive safer!”
In order to become “certified” each and every one of the driving school instructors must take the Drive Safer course. These hand-selected driving schools invest in a significant amount of additional training for their instructors in defensive driving and advanced car control techniques, enhancing and further honing the skills of its driving instructors, and setting them apart from others.
Every Drive Safer Certified™ School receives a “Drive Safer Certified™” sticker to display in the window of each of their training vehicles. This sticker identifies the school as a school that cares, has invested time in enhancing the skills of their instructors and is committed to excellent driver education.
For more information about Drive Safer programs, please visit www.DriveSafer.com.
Do you think you have what it takes to be one of our certified driving instructors? We’d love to hear from you!
Don-Tre Driving School is always looking for expert driving instructors to join our team. If you possess the following qualities, please get in touch!
If you feel that you meet the above requirements to join the Don-Tre Driving School team of expert driving instructors, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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At Don-Tre Driving School, we take pride in the success of our students. We do our best to provide quality driver education and keep the entire process as simple and pleasant as we can. We’ve had so many successful and happy students and we are blessed to be teaching the children of many of the parents we taught years ago!
Here’s what some of our customers have to say:
My son was completely nervous about learning to drive. In fact, we practically had to force him. Peter took Tom out, and the situation completely turned around. Not only was Peter professional, but he helped Tom gain a level of confidence both behind the wheel and in life. Thanks Don-Tre!
What a cool instructor! I had John as my instructor. I was a little bit nervous, but he was very calming, and by the end of the 6th hour, I really felt like I understood what I was doing. I came back to Don-Tre to take my test and I passed! Yay!
I cannot recommend Don-Tre Driving School enough. It’s funny, but I actually learned to drive with Don-Tre is 1989, and now my son and my daughter both learned to drive with Don-Tre too! Don Carpenter is the most amazing teacher I have ever known!