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THE 405 DRIVING SCHOOL TEAM

What sets us apart from other driving schools? Why do our students and customers say things like…

  • “…the staff is just absolutely amazing and very fun…”
  • “+5 extra stars, They are super chill and really good at teaching especially during the drives.”
  • “1000000/10 recommend this place for Hazen High School students and others.”
  • “They are incredibly caring and all the session instructors make it fun to learn about the road and how to stay safe.”

It’s because we make it a point to only hire people that have a passion for teaching and impacting youth! For our staff, this isn’t just a job with a flexible schedule. It’s a platform that allows them to pour time and energy into people during a critical milestone in their life! It’s a chance for them to make the experience of getting the keys to your freedom an enjoyable and memorable one! 

DRIVING INSTRUCTORS

Brian

Brian

Brian joins our team having previously worked as youth sports coach, volunteer firefighter and school bus driver. He strives to cultivate a positive learning environment and instill an attitude of excellence that will help guide his students to becoming safe and responsible drivers on the road!

Chris

Chris

Before joining the 405 Driving School team, Chris had a rich history of creating memorable experiences for youth over his years working with middle and high school students as a youth director for a non-profit and a mountaineering and sea kayak guide. Now, instead of helping youth climb mountains and paddle across the sea, he's helping them learn to navigate the roadways!

Derek

Derek

Having experience in Emergency Service Dispatching, Derek is unflappable in any situation life throws at him. Students love his ability to give calm and clear directions while putting them at ease with his affability and sense of humor. When not teaching, Derek likes to explore and photograph the PNW and all its beauty.

Kramer

Kramer

Kramer joins the 405 Driving School team having been a driving instructor for over five years. When not pursuing his passion of teaching, gaming is his favorite activity for unwinding. As a Hazen High School graduate and longtime resident of Renton, Kramer takes great pleasure in working closely with members of his community teaching them safe, practical, yet fun driving skills.

Michael

Michael

Prior to joining the 405 Driving School team, Michael spent 20+ years in traffic safety education and quality assurance at the state and local levels including non-profit safety program management. In his non-working hours he serves as a volunteer crisis counselor for at-risk communities.

office staff

Nicole

Nicole

Nicole is the Office Manager and multitasker extraordinaire of 405 Driving School! Having spent most of her career in the medical field before joining us at 405, Nicole excels at communicating with, and supporting, people of all ages and walks of life with compassion and efficiency. When not working, Nicole loves to explore the beautiful outdoors of the PNW with her canine companions as well as binge watch true crime shows.

Riley

Riley

Riley comes from a strong administrative background working at a local drag racing track for a few years as well as customer service through her time as a barista with Starbucks. She is finishing her Interdisciplinary degree with studies focusing on business and sustainability, so she understands the importance of great education. Her caring and empathetic nature ensures that she pays special attention to each customer and helps them to the best of her ability. When not working or studying, you can find her drinking coffee or binge watching marvel movies.

Valerie

Valerie

With an extensive background in advocacy, Valerie understands the importance of empowering others, and what better way to empower another person than by supporting them while they obtain a license. When not working to support the staff and students of 405, Valerie puts her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington to use by working as an advocate for a local non-profit agency. Outside of work, Valerie enjoys painting, roller-skating, and spending time with her nephews.

LEADERSHIP

Allen & Mindy

Allen & Mindy

As the owners of the 405 Driving School, Allen and Mindy work together setting the vision and charting the course. Not just partners in business, this duo successfully collaborates in marriage and parenting as well! Whether they’re leading and growing the 405 Driving School or wrangling their kiddos, they tackle every obstacle and enjoy every success together as a team.