Meet Our Team

Top Driver Instructors are well trained, professional, and have a proven track record providing Driver’s Education.

Amy Markowski

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Building Substitute Teacher, Delivery Driver, Artist

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I love gardening, decorating, painting basically making the world a more colorful happy place for everyone.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Just try it, its not as scary as you think it’s going to be.

Andrew LaHaye

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Needs Info! I bet you can’t wait to hear about my background …

 

Fun Fact About Me:
If not at home I’m at the gym

 

Advice to new drivers:
Be the best driver you can be and assume everyone else is drunk!

Anton Dorin

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Business – Engineering, Management (Division VP)

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Coached middle school travel soccer teams & high school wrestling team

Advice to new drivers:
Knowing where to look is the key to proper control.

Bob Kman

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Former broker

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Have seen every episode of Survivor and the Simpsons the day they came out, including watching in 9 different countries.

 

Advice to new drivers:
It all starts with the fundamentals; if you have difficulty using your turn signal, knowing where to look or where you feet should go, you’ll have a difficult time. Without the basics everything else is a challenge.

Dan Affleck

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Social Studies, English & Speech/Debate teacher

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I’ve been to Japan 17 times and I used to be a DJ on the radio.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Focus on the road ahead of you, don’t become a negative statistic. Do the right thing and get where you’re going safely.

Darin Meyer

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Retired teacher – 28 years

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I have been to the Indianapolis 500 39 times.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Drive every chance you get!

David Kocjancich

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Educator of Music and Brass Pedagogy, Guest Teacher, Driver Ed Instructor

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I enjoy golfing with friends and family

 

Advice to new drivers:
Pay full attention at all times.. Always practice, practice and more practice!

David Parker

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Honorary Doctorate in Divinity Studies.

 

Fun Fact About Me:
World Traveler – Engaged in International Mission Trips. Most Recent: Nigeria, West Africa.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Don’t ever rush the process to becoming a Top Driver!

David White

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

I have a Bachelor Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. I have been a driving instructor with Top Driver since October of 2016 at the Elmhurst location and a lead instructor at the Lombard location since August of 2019.

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I enjoy training for triathlons by swimming, biking, running and strength training.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Be patient and constantly scan to avoid any potential hazards to keep you and others safe.

Frank Rollins

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Public Services, OTR Driver

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I’m a published writer and artist.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Don’t expect to be a perfect driver from day one. It takes time to be a Top Driver.

Garry Graham

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

USAF Veteran, Technology Business Career in Sales Engineering, Retired Middle School Math Teacher

 

Fun Fact About Me:

Currently performing as lead vocalist in local rock cover band – RealTime Noise

 

Advice to new drivers:

Have a back up plan and be ready to execute. As you drive, evaluate risks and plan what you would do in event of X happening. Be ready to do it!

George Blough

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

I have been an employee of Top Driver for five years, and the lead instructor of Hinsdale for almost three. This is on top of over a decade and a half of management experience through multiple different businesses. One way I show my age to my students is that it all started at Blockbuster Video…

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Most may know that I am a huge fan of all things nerdy: sci-fi, fantasy, D&D, etc. But some may not be aware that for a few years, I ran a side business of making chainmail jewelry and armor. It’s both practical and beautiful!

 

Advice to new drivers:
It’s okay to be nervous! I still remember how terrified I was my first few times on the roadways. I am always more than happy to help my students through those nerves and take pride in when they gain confidence.

George Ilic

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Teacher

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I have a degree in foreign language education.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Follow the rules of the road, there’s a reason we have them!

Gerry Drees

Top Driver Instructor since ???

Background

Business management/coaching

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I have 2 awesome grandsons Santi, and Jio

 

Advice to new drivers:
take the driving experience as serious as possible and practice whenever you can

Jan Coules

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

I am a retired elementary school teacher. I taught 5th and 6th grade in Glenwood and 3rd grade and PE in Homewood, for a total of 35 years. I started teaching driver’s ed as a part time job in 2009 at Orland Driving School.

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Always buckle up! My son and three of his friends are alive today because they were buckled when involved in a rollover crash.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Knowing where to look is the key to proper control.

Jeff Davis

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

I have been at Top Driver for 8 years as a classroom and behind-the-wheel instructor, including six in the Specialized Program for students with ADHD and other executive functioning challenges

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I spent 28 years as a sports writer for newspapers and online. Among the athletes that I have interviewed are Michael Jordan, Walter Payton and Hockey Hall-of-Famer Guy LeFleur.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Assume other drivers are going to always do the wrong thing, so that you are ready for when they do.

Jeff Koelsch

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Funeral Service & Business Management

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Cruise crazy – 16 and counting.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Make wise choices!

Joseph D’Angelo

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Over 40 years in the transportation industry

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Likes: Travel , cooking, gardening, motorcycles.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Always beware of other drivers not following the rules of the road.

Kevin Humiston

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Law enforcement

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I also have a photography business.

 

Advice to new drivers:
Don’t trust other drivers to do what they should.

Mazelle Maynard Martin

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

I was a journalist for 5 years and substitute teacher for 13.

 

Fun Fact About Me:
My father was military police in the Army, so I don’t take any crap from students!!

 

Advice to new drivers:
Be patient. You will learn something new every day you drive.

Nichole Semprit

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. Middle School Teacher for 5 years. Masters Degree in Education Administration from National Louis University. Center Director for private tutoring companies for 5 years. Top Driver Driving Instructor for 6 years. Currently working as Senior Program Specialist for Nonprofit focused on promoting math education

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Some probably know this, but I have 2 dogs, 2 turtles, and a hedgehog

 

Advice to new drivers:
Practice! Whether it’s a scheduled time you plan with mom/dad, or short drives to the store, this is the best way to build good habits and avoid bad habits you see other drivers doing.

Reed Castele

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Professor of psychology at Trinity International University (current). Worked in various mental health settings prior to that.

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I worked in a psychiatric hospital for many years.

 

Advice to new drivers:
A student once told me his father’s advice: “be the best driver you can be and assume everyone else is drunk.” That’s actually not terrible advice. Work to be the very best driver you can be and assume that all the other people on the road are, potentially at least, distracted, angry, or impaired in some way.

Sabrina Sims

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

School Bus Driver

 

Fun Fact About Me:
Completed 6 marathons: 2 Chicago 26.2 , 1 Chicago Rock & Roll 13.1, 2 Fox Valley 13.1, 1 Naperville 13.1; and counting

 

Advice to new drivers:
Be Patient with yourselves, everyone starts somewhere, finish strong.

Stefanie French

Hours of Behind the Wheel Instruction:

Background

Classroom facilitator and designated trainer for The Cheesecake Factory

 

Fun Fact About Me:
I have two pet chickens, and like to refer to myself as a “chicken tender” LOL. Our girls, Betty White & Ginger, lay blue eggs (which I mostly give away!). I’d love to have at least 20 more someday!

 

Advice to new drivers:
Explore and have a good time while doing it…safe and responsibly! Drive as if your parents were in the back seat, always! There is only ONE of you, and you’re priceless 🙂