Name: Rick Doyel
Years teaching Driver's Education: 40+ years
Years with our company: 7 years
Rick has taught driver's education for over forty years. Thirty-three of those years were teaching in a high school setting and the last 7 here at AA Indiana Driving School. He and his wife are from Terre Haute, Indiana and had their teaching careers in Vincennes where Rick was a fifth-grade teacher for 35 years and His wife, Jenny, was an art teacher and later a high school guidance counselor. They have two grown sons who live in the Carmel area and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Ricks says he has always enjoyed teaching and that is why he finds working at AA Indiana Driving School so rewarding. He gets to meet hundreds of awesome students every year who are eager to learn how to be safe, law abiding, and courteous drivers. Rick states "If I can be a part of that learning process whether to a small or large degree then I am pleased and proud to provide my knowledge and expertise." We are truly blessed to have him as part of our team at AA Indiana Driving School. He has such a positive attitude every day. He is funny and witty and makes the students and staff laugh. It is always a pleasure to see him interact with each student one-on-one. Whether he is calming their nerves or giving them positive feedback or constructive criticism, they are grateful for it.
Name: Kent Dickey
Years teaching driver's education: 10 years
Years with our company: 7 years
Kent received a B.S degree in Industrial Arts and an M.S. in Special Education from Ball State University. He later received his driver's education certificate from Indiana State University in 2009. Kent spent 23 years his teaching career working as a Special Education Teacher with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). He also coached baseball for 15 years and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights and taking walks with his wife Carol. He also teaches Sunday School at the Noblesville Nazarene Church. We truly feel so lucky to have Kent working for our company. He is so kind and patient with each of the students he teaches. You can tell he really enjoys what he does and is good at it. With his degree and career in special education he also works very well with our students the may have some learning disabilities or special challenges.
Name: Mike Ward
Years teaching driving's education: 44 years
Years with our company: 10 years
Location: Carmel, Tipton
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree in Technical and Physical Education and later a Master of Arts in Education both from Ball State University. He would go on to teach at Taylor High School in Kokomo, Indiana for 38 years. He was also the Assistant football Coach for 26 years and Head Wrestling Coach for 33 years at Taylor High School. In 1996, Mike was inducted into the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame. In his free time, he likes gardening, playing golf and spending time with children and 4 grandchildren. Mike is a wonderful asset to our company. His previous experience as a successful coach and mentor, is evident in his passion to teach and reinforce the skills necessary to be successful and safe drivers.
Name: Joe Slabinski
Years teaching driver's education: 20 years
Years with our company: 15 years
Joe is originally from North Eastern Pennsylvania where he received a bachelor's & master's degree in health and physical education, from East Stroudsburg University. He used his degrees to teach at Indianapolis Public Schools for over 22 years. Joe is also a veteran of the US Air Force. He proudly served his country from 1966-1970 and was stationed and deployed to Vietnam and Thailand. He has 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren. We feel truly blessed to have Joe here at AA Indiana Driving School. He has such amazing positive energy every day. He comes in with a smile and leave with a smile. Joe states his best advice to simplify safe driving; "pay attention to the road ahead, keep 2 to 3 seconds following distance, drive to the conditions (weather) of the roadway and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination."
Name: Kathy Martin
Years teaching driver's education: 24+ years
Years with our company: 24+ Years
Location: Carmel, Tipton
Kathy has an M.S. degree in education and special education. Kathy has worked as a special education teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Perry Township, and at Montessori in Illinois. She also served in the Navy from 1983-1986 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Outside of work, Kathy's hobbies consist of photography, volunteering at the Humane Society and she is an advocate for foster care. Regarding driver's education, her best advice is to "practice, practice, practice with your parent." Kathy has been with our company for over 24 years and we are so grateful to have her. She works diligently to make sure each student develops the skills to be a safe driver. With her background in special educations she can work with those individuals who may have some special needs. She states that after 24 years of teaching teenagers how to drive she "still has nerves of steel."
Name: Larry Little
Years teaching driver's education: 54 years
Years with our company: 21 years
Larry received his B.S. degree in from Purdue in 1961 and later his M.S. degree from Indiana University in 1969. He taught Biology, Physical Science, Physical Education and coached for over 36 years before retiring a devoting his time to driver's education. Larry lives in Florida most of the year and returns home to Indiana in the summer. He continues to teach students to drive during our busy summer season and we are very lucky to have him. He is patient with the students and his extensive years of teaching has made him invaluable. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Carol who he has been married to for over 58 years but says he is "still in training." He also enjoys working in the garden and playing golf.
Name: Glen Hatfield
Years teaching driver's education: 36 years
Years with our company: 10 years
Location: New Palestine
Glen is a graduate of Highland High School and received his Master's Degree from Ball State University. He taught accounting, business, physical education, driver's education, and coached at North Decatur High School for 36 years. He also instructed defensive driving classes for the state of Indiana. He has been married to his wife Judith for 53 years and they have three children and seven grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf and watching his grandchildren play soccer, baseball and football. Glen is very kind and patient with his students. They enjoy having him as an instructor just as much as we enjoy having him as part of our company.
Name: Dylan Thompson
Years teaching driver's education: 3 year
Years with our company: 2 year
We are proud to introduce our newest and youngest instructor Dylan. He has been involved with driver education for about a year now. He primarily teaches driver education as a part-time job while attending college and is interested in working as a high school teacher in the future. Dylan served as a cadet teacher during his senior year of high school and has volunteered at the Youth Services Center in Columbus, IN. He has been with AA Indiana Driving School for about 6 months. Besides his passion for teaching and working with youth, he has two IT certifications and enjoys studying psychology, philosophy, and law. One of his favorite inspirational quotes comes from Robin Williams in Good Will Hunting: "You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to." We are looking forward to many more years with Dylan here at our company.
Name: Kim Hayden
Years teaching driver's education: 40+ years
Years with our company: 18+ years
Kim has been teaching driver education since 1974. He started at Greensburg High School where he also taught history and physical education. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Ball State University, where he played football and ran track. He met his now wife of 48 years, Connie, while at Ball State. Connie was also a teacher who taught elementary and middle school language arts. Kim later completed his master's degree at Indiana University. Kim and his wife have two grown sons and five amazing grandchildren. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and loves to watch sports, especially baseball. Of course, spending time with his family is his favorite thing to do. He truly enjoys teaching. He is now retired from teaching; however, he still substitutes from time to time and of course still teaches driver education. Kim states "As a teacher, students didn't care how much I knew, until they realized how much I cared." You can tell by his patients and attentiveness own much he truly cares about each student. He has been with AA Indiana Driving School Inc. for 18+ years. We look forward to having him as part of our team for many more years to come.
Name: Tina Nicolazzi
Years teaching driver's education: 1+ years
Years with our company: 3+ years
Tina has only worked as a driver education instructor for a couple years, but her history with driver education and AA Indiana Driving School goes back her entire life. Tina's father, Libero 'Nic' Nicolazzi, took over AA Indiana Driving School Inc. from the original owner back in 1987. It has remained in her family ever since. After her father's passing, her mother and father's business partner ran the company while Tina pursued other endeavors in life, which included a career as a medical massage therapist and an EMT. During this time, she finished her associate's degree in business administration at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. She has been married for over 10 years and has three beautiful children. In 2018 she was ready to go back to school to finish her bachelor's degree when her mother's business partner decided to retire. Knowing that her mother would need help, she felt this was her time to finally get involved in the family business she had been around her entire life. She received her driver education instructor certification from Indiana State in the summer of 2019. She is now the president of AA Indiana Driving School Inc and truly enjoys what she is doing. She enjoys the business aspect but loves to teach the students. Tina states, "I know that my father would be proud. This company was my dad's legacy and it is now my job to carry on that legacy. Maybe one day one of my kids will take it over from me. This is a family business and I plan to keep it that way." When asked what sets her apart as a teacher she stated, "I understand that every student learns a little differently, I am good at being able to tweak my teaching style to fit the needs of each student, especially those who may have learning disabilities." When Tina first came here, she influenced a lot of positive changes to the company. We look forward too many more years of her experience and influence.