Our Instructors

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Mark is the co-founder and President of 123 Drive! Driving Academy. He has been a resident of Hilton Head for over 30 years, is a former UPS driver, and has been a Tennis Pro for over 25 years. He and Doreen have two kids, ages 28 and 30. In his spare time (hahahhaha), he enjoys playing tennis and golf.

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Doreen is co-founder and VP of 123 Drive! Driving Academy. She is also a Mortgage Broker with Lambuth Mortgage. Doreen is very involved with several local organizations, such as Junior Leadership and the HH/Bluffton Chamber of Commerce.

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Sharon has lived in Bluffton for over 30 years and spent over 10 years with the Beaufort County Sheriff's Dept. She has three wonderful adult children. Sharon has been with us since 2011 and is also our office manager in our Bluffton office.

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Howie retired after 26 years as a UPS driver. Not only was he a Circle of Honor recipient, but he also was the Safety co-chairman and seminar instructor for new hires. He lives in Sun City and is married to his wife of 36 years, Marjie. They have two adult children residing in New York.

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John and his wife Tammy moved to the area from Indiana, where they owned and operated a very successful driving school for 10 years. John has a ton of experience working with new drivers, and we are lucky to have him!

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​Tammy sometimes teaches the Saturday class in Bluffton and through her experience, provides students with a wealth of knowledge. John and Tammy have two adult children and live in Hardeeville.

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​Karin is a registered nurse and has two daughters who attend Technical College of the Lowcountry. She is a wonderful classroom teacher and teaches the Saturday classes in Beaufort, Ridgeland, and Bluffton.

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​Rodolfo has been licensed as a CDL instructor for several years and also teaches CDL classes at TCL. He is very experienced as an instructor and is also bilingual. Rodolfo has the patience of a saint!

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​Cesar's background as an SC State Trooper makes him a huge asset to our team of instructors. He also has several years of experience as an instructor.

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​Bryan lives in Hilton Head and has an awesome wife and two great kids, one in college and one in high school. He also runs his own business as an audio/visual guru.

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Teri is an instructor and our office manager in our Beaufort office and covers both Beaufort and Ridgeland. She is a mom to three great kids and enjoys working with teens and adults.

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Mark S.

Mark retired in 2016 after 34 years in the Fire Service. He currently spends time developing future leaders and impacting the youth of today. He is married to his wife Karen, and they spend time being ruled by their two dogs, Gracie and Jagger!

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Tom retired as a Police Captain from NJ and has 33 years of experience in the law enforcement/ security profession. He is married to his wife, Janine, and they enjoy spending time with their 5 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

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John E.

John has lived in Hilton Head since 2007 after moving here from Highlands Ranch, CO. He is a former teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools. His last job was as a DoD employee for the Marine Corp., working at Parris Island and MCAS Beaufort. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with his wife, Christine. He teaches the classes on Saturdays in Hilton Head and Bluffton.

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Originally from Massachusetts, Robin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1979 and did 10 years of active service. Her second retirement was from SCDMV as a License Examiner for all classes of Driver's Licenses. Robin then worked at First Step Driving Academy and has recently joined our 123 Drive family. She lives in Seabrook with her husband Pete.

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Bill moved to Lady's Island in 2022 after retiring from 36 years with UPS in the Chicago area. He has many years of instructing UPS drivers to be safe on the road, and we are lucky to have him! Bill is married, and he and his wife have a daughter. He enjoys playing golf in his free time.

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Meet Artrell Aiken, a passionate and adventurous individual hailing from Winston-Salem, NC, who now calls Beaufort, SC, home. As a student pilot in Beaufort, Artrell's skyward aspirations are soaring. Beyond the clouds, Artrell's love for people has taken them on journeys across the globe, making them a true world traveler. With an open heart and an adventurous spirit, Artrell embraces every new experience with enthusiasm and warmth.

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Jason is an ARMY veteran and has been a full-time firefighter for 20+ years. He has been married to his beautiful wife for 13 years and is the proud Hockey Dad of a goalie!

All of our instructors have been state-certified by SCDMV, are fully insured, and have passed a national background check. And they are all awesome:-)