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From: The San Ramon Valley Times
Date: August 3, 2010
TEENS LEARN TO DRIVE AT LOCAL SCHOOL
Starting high school is exciting, but for some parents it signifies their child’s “When-are-you-going-to-let-me-drive?” mantra. The process doesn’t have to be a white-knuckle experience if you allow Danville Driving School to train your teen.
Danville Driving School provides in-class and behind-the-wheel instruction, online classes and traffic school. Many factors contribute to the program’s success, but its emphasis on mastering the laws of the road and preparing teens both physically and mentally for driving safely are key.
“When we are contacted to teach a beginner, we start slowly and progress to a comfortable level,” said Jack Baldassari, Danville Driving School’s owner and head instructor. “We have a short period of time, and we need teens to mature as drivers.”
Although online classes are offered at Danville Driving School, Baldassari emphasizes the importance of the in-classroom experience with one of his 12 instructors, who amplify information offered in the instruction manual, provide statistics about accidents and ticketing and impart invaluable advice about relevant subjects such as impulsive driving and carrying friends in the car.
“The time tested formula works,” said Baldassari; “When we take many of these kids for their final driving lesson right before they test for their license, we’re able to see how far they’ve come and the driver they’re going to be.”
Danville Driving School is located in the Town and Country Shopping Center, next to the Livery. Classes are offered throughout the school year, as well as during holiday recesses, and instructors will pick up and drop off students for their driving lessons throughout Contra Costa County. For more information or to register for a class, call 837-8235 or visit www.danvilledrivingschool.net.
Dee der Harootunian Retiring From Danville Driving School
DEE DER HAROOTUNIAN
Local resident and veteran high school instructor, Dee der Harootunian (affectionately known as “Mr. Dee”) has retired from Danville Driving School as of September 1, 2012. Mr. Dee worked extensively through Mt. Diablo Unified School District, specifically Olympic, Carondelet, and de la Salle high schools, teaching Driver’s Education in the classroom and Driver’s Training behind the wheel to countless teenagers. He also taught teenagers the rules of the road and how to drive a car over summer school sessions and adults how to drive through Loma Vista Adult School.
Driver’s Education, when high schools offered it, covered subjects such as First Aid, Health, and Substance Abuse. Mr. Dee invited speakers from AAA, local Police Departments and DMV offices to talk to students about issues relevant to their licensing. Gone are the days when high schools used to maintain cars with brakes specifically to teach kids the foundation and habits of safe and responsible driving conduct. When secondary schools stopped offering such services, Mr. Dee joined the ranks of teachers who made this type of training available through Community Services in downtown Danville, headed by David Stegman.
Mr. Dee has easily taught more than a thousand teenagers how to drive a car and has kept records of virtually every student he has taught. While he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time contributing to this community, he says that the number one obstacle teenagers as well as other adults have to overcome is their tendency to speed. Mr. Dee’s presence will really be missed at Danville Driving School. We, along with many others, congratulate him on his retirement and send our most heartfelt gratitude for his excellence in teaching and commitment to our surrounding community.
Last Class of Summer 2012
Nick from Monte Vista High School Rings Bell in Last Summer School Session
Nick from Monte Vista High School rings the lunch bell of the last Summer School Session of Driver's Education at Danville Driving School.
Who will be our school's next official bell ringer?
The chosen student will win a gift, compliments of Danville Driving School.
This Trio is Closing In on a Successful Completion of Driver's Education at Danville Driving School
Ashley & Anthony from MVHS Giving Thumbs Up as They Complete Their Last Day at Danville Driving School