Students find me to be their favorite instructor because I am easy to get along with. In my many years of teaching, I have heard so many stories from my students about driving instructors that lose their temper or yell at their students. I cannot understand why anyone would want to be mean to an inexperienced driver. I can tell you that teenagers like teachers who are patient and explain instruction in a clear and simple manner. I just love traffic safety. I enjoy teaching students about the laws and rules of driving. I want my students to understand traffic safety. And I know the best way to do that is to be relaxed and easy going. The office tells me I am requested so much because of my precise careful teaching in an easygoing style.
I have been a driving instructor on and off for Bakker's Driving School for the last 6 years. I have an ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of my students as they learn. I instruct slowly and gently, which is why, when the lesson is finished, my students walk back in their front door wanting to drive. More than any other subject, "learning to drive" must have a patient instructor. Slow patient instructing helps students learn fast. My schedule can get busy. Plan a month or two in advance to get the times and dates you want on my schedule.
The owner of the school says I was born to teach. I pay close attention to what my student is saying and how he is doing to help him get through difficult driving situations. Students need simple easy instructions and then quiet to allow them to drive safely. Many teachers talk too much and interfere with their student's learning. I am naturally calm, this has a calming effect on my students. A calm teacher with a gentle voice has relaxed students. A nervous jittery teacher has nervous students. If you have never driven in your life, you cannot imagine how fast you will learn with a good teacher. If you are nervous and afraid to drive, I am the right teacher for you. I like my job.
Driving for the first time is one of the special events in your life you’ll always remember. Imagine driving yourself to school, to your friend’s house, the movies or running errands for your parents. But, before you can drive, you need to pass your driving test. I would like to help you reach that goal, not just passing your driver’s test and getting your license, but to help you learn to drive safely. Respecting the rules of the road and other drivers will make your driving experience safe and successful. Everywhere Mike works, he is recommended to friends and neighbors. He has developed a reputation for having a gentle, soft teaching style. Very professional.
The office tells me I am one of the most requested teachers at Bakker's. I teach the drive test material so thoroughly that my students have the highest 100% rating of all the teachers at Bakker's. I know that your driving instructor is the one teacher you'll never forget. I hope to make your driving experience enjoyable.
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Originally born and raised in California. I am recently moved back and really enjoying teaching! I live in North County San Diego area. with my wonderful, beautiful cat, Ladybug. I have lived in Alaska, Kansas City and Chicago. I learned to drive though on California freeways and roads and am more than delighted to be able to help give some of my experience to others. I am an extremely patient and relaxed person. I love driving and teaching. I am also a full time student, getting my english degree so that i can become a college professor. I like to laugh, have fu and make the driving experience enjoyable and comfortable for all levels of experience.
I have been teaching since 1998. My specialty is first time never driven before students. This is actually a special skill that all teachers don't have. While all students learn at different rates, my students always walk away from a driving lesson with me feeling they have learned so much and are so happy and want to drive. My secret in teaching nervous students so successfully is having them focus on the task at hand, by communicating clearly what to do and being calm. I have found that my being calm myself helps my students be calm which allows them to do well on their lessons.
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I am extremely patient and easygoing. I understand how to work with different students’ abilities and teach them how to become safe and excellent drivers.
I love to teach. My background includes substitute teaching in the San Diego and North County School Districts. Having a calm and even nature really helps when relating to students in helping them gain confidence with their driving skills. Originally from New York, I became accustomed to driving in all kinds of conditions. I now appreciate the California Highways and roads as opposed to New York streets. I love spending time with my family at the beach and hiking Torrey Pines State Park.
From the left, our dog Gypsy who was my best friend. I am the little guy 1 and half years old, my sister Joy 5 years old and my brother Jim 9 and a half years old. This photo is from 1959 in front of our house on Beech Street in Milwaukie, Oregon a suburb of Portland.
I have been a driving instructor since 1985. There is a certain methodical way you instruct never driven before students that makes them learn easily and quickly. If you are cordinated or not, if you are out of shape or really healthy--no matter. Everyone learns at a different rate but everyone learns. I remember teaching one girl who was slowly going up a hill approaching a speed bump so carefully and said "do you think we can make it?" I thought to myself is she going to be able to learn? But I keep quiet and taught her the same gentle methodical way I have instruct everyone. Sure enough before long she was making textbook turns and by the end of the lesson doing lane changes in light traffic, learning parking alongside the curb and also learning the skill of parking in a parking lot, just like most students. Getting on the freeway does not have to be scarey. You have to think of it as a lane change, match traffic speed, plan in advance with your visual checks and move into traffic without making anyone brake. When done correctly entering the freeway (2nd lesson) is actually relaxing. If I am calm so is my student. The student is not on the spot. I am on the spot. If I am a competent instructor, the student walks in the door happy and beaming and saying to his parents "I can do this. I love to drive."