Driver Training Services employs highly qualified, professional driving instructors who are experts in the field. Their backgrounds include experience in law enforcement, fleet safety and youth leadership.
All of our instructors undergo thorough testing and training including:
- Driving history review (accidents and violations)
- Child abuse history clearance
- FBI criminal background check
- PA state criminal background check
- Character references
- PA Dept. of Education written exam
- PennDOT testing
- 60 hours of instructor training
- Continuing education in the field of driver training
Instructors & Staff
As owner of Driver Training Services, Bob has been in the transportation industry for more than 45 years. He has been licensed by the PA Department of Education as a driving instructor since 1996, and has certifications from the PA Department of Transportation as an Inspection Mechanic, a Commercial Driver Trainer and a Third Party CDL Instructor/Examiner, with a working knowledge of DOT regulations.
Bob is certified to conduct Driver Competency Assessments, and as the operator of the local National Safety Council Training Center, Bob has extensive experience in safety training, risk management and accident prevention. He has consulted in the development of the adult education programs at North Montco Technical Career Center. Bob also presents National Safety Council Defensive Driving classes at Montgomery County Community College.
He serves as President of the Pennsylvania Association of Professional Driving Schools (PAPDS) and is the President of the Driving School Association of the Americas (DSAA) and a member of the Pennsylvania Association For Safety Education (PASE).
Sandy has been working with children her entire adult life. She was a basketball, volleyball, softball and little league baseball coach when her kids were young. She has also been a school bus driver for over 20 years. She was presented with the opportunity to combine her love of teaching and her love for driving as a part time instructor with Driver Training Services about 5 years ago. She says she considers it to be such a privilege to become part of her student’s team teaching their defensive driving skills and skills needed to look ahead, think, and stay safe.
As a mother of three, Chris brings her experience raising teenagers into her training by creating a positive atmosphere; allowing her students to learn at their own pace. She works with teens in her church youth group and teaches Sunday School. She believes that successful learning is best achieved when the teacher recognizes that each student is unique. The key is determining the approach that works best for each student.
Bill has been retired from Upper Gwynedd Township Police Department after 30 years of service, and now is a part time examiner/instructor for Driver Training Services. Bill was a Traffic Safety Officer while on the force, in which his duties included traffic control, accident investigation and reconstruction, and he was also a DARE officer. He worked with PennDOT in the past assisting on proposed traffic signals, traffic timing and traffic patterns. As a longtime member of the community he has spoken at various community events regarding safe driving and vehicle laws. He has been teaching behind the wheel driving instruction with DTS since 2015. He is also a Summer Boot Camp instructor.
Joe has been working for DTS since June 2009. Prior to working here, Joe worked for another driving school as an instructor since 2004. Joe is a retired Police Officer from Philadelphia and was a Detective for the District Attorney’s Office in Philadelphia, serving 35 years.
Diego comes to DTS with extensive experience on the road as a CDL driver; logging over 1 million miles since 1988. He also has 12 years of experience in the medical and military fields. His 5 years working on an EMS crew gives him first-hand knowledge of the dangers on the road. Diego stresses the reality of unsafe driving to his students and his focuses on the importance of sharing the road with other vehicles safely. He strives to teach his students life-saving skills on the road. He teaches the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Courses and Alive@25 for DTS.
Jim Irwin has been involved in the transportation industry for more than 18 years. He has done it all from driving, dispatching, all the way to driver training. Jim also has experience driving a commercial school bus in Colmar, Pennsylvania for some time. Prior to driving school buses, he worked as a box truck driver for 5 years and then went on to become a certified trainer. Jim has been with Driver Training Services since September of 2018. He loves how rewarding it is to see students become a better and safer driver.
Joe Hopkins is a retired U.S. Navy Reserve veteran of 24 years, serving as a Hospital Corpsman and Environmental Health Technician. As a military instructor he trained Navy and Marine personnel in first aid, occupational health and safety, food sanitation, and biomedical hazards for fifteen years. He is currently certified by the American Red Cross in Adult CPR, First Aid and AED. Joe is a highly skilled motorcyclist, with over 40 years of crash-free riding experience. Joe has also taught the Basic Rider Course for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program. Mr. Hopkins brings knowledge of Pennsylvania insurance laws and has been an underwriter for property and casualty insurance.A Harleysville local, Joe lives with his wife Lisa and enjoys reading, gardening and woodworking.