Our Driving Instructors

Bay Area Driving Academy’s commitment to excellence ensures you are getting the VERY BEST driving instructors. As a result, every day our school strives in becoming an industry leader in the San Francisco Bay Area.


To begin with, CEO/Head Instructor, Carrie Lampman, selects all of our instructors through a detailed vetting process. In fact, the progression includes multiple rounds of interviews, background checks, and license certification validation. In effect, our vetting ensures we hire teachers with the highest level of knowledge-ability and professionalism.


Undoubtedly, our instructors exceed California DMV standards. For instance, all instructors, regardless of experience, take an additional 20 hours of required training. All instructors hold a current California DMV Driving Instructor License.


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Our top-notch instructors are vetted to all possess the following…


  • [1]  Educator’s Personality & Passion
    • Highly Patient, Friendly and Encouraging
    • A Passion for Teaching
  • [2]  60-hour California DMV Driving Instructor Training Program
  • [3]  California DMV Driving Instructor License
    • Requiring Renewal and Training Every 3 Years


In addition,

  • [4]  Additional 20-hour Positive Coaching Training by Head Instructor Carrie
  • [5]  Thorough Knowledge of Driving, including…
    • California DMV Handbook
    • Basic Car Mechanics
    • Bay Area Driving Culture
  • [6]  Sharp Observational Skills
  • [7]  Clear and Strong Communication Skills



  • [8]  Meets all of the State of California DMV Requirements
    •  At least 21 Years of Age
    •  High School Graduate OR Above
    •  Clean Driving Record
    •  Physical Medical Exam
    •  Live Scan (DOJ Fingerprinting) Check
    •  Background Check


CEO/Head Instructor

CEO/Head Instructor Carrie has over 15 years of experience and expertise in the field of education and training. She has developed a rich knowledge base from years training in various technology and driver education companies. Her exemplary career has made her one of the top-rated driving instructors in Silicon Valley with over a hundred recommended 5-star reviews across various top review sites. Well respected in Silicon Valley, she is widely considered one of the best driver education and training experts. In addition, Carrie is Bay Area native, she was born and raised in Sunnyvale, CA and went to Saint Francis High School. Making her highly knowledgeable of Bay Area driving culture.

Lead Academy Instructor

Teresa heads and assists in managing our North Bay service areas. A 10-plus year driving instructor veteran, Teresa has literally taught thousands of teens and adults students throughout the Bay Area. Teresa is Bay Area native and grew up in San Mateo County where she still currently resides. Along with Carrie, Teresa is our resident expert in all things driver training - she has taught students with all various skill levels, ages, and obstacles. Highly skilled, patient and friendly as evident in her 25+ 5-Star Yelp reviews. Teresa is our most experienced instructor - providing top training and education as evident from her thousands of satisfied and licensed students.

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Academy Driving Instructor

Academy Driving Instructor Vanessa has provided driver training for over a year with Bay Area Driving Academy and has instructed hundreds of driving lessons as a state-licensed driving instructor. Vanessa comes to us with over 8 solid years of safe driving and customer service experience. As a current San Jose State student finishing up her degree in Business, Vanessa brings a youthful outlook to our training program. A confident and skillful driver - Vanessa helps with insights on improving our overall program to our students. She keeps our training contemporary, fun and engaging. Many students describe her training style as relaxed, friendly, and patient.

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Academy Driving Instructor

Academy Driving Instructor Erin comes to us with 16 years of teaching experience in various capacities including classroom and driver training. A background in education and child development, Erin has worked with thousands of students of all ages and background. She has been a state-licensed driving instructor for 5+ years earning over 35 five-star Yelp Reviews. Patient, hard-working, and knowledgeable are frequently used to describe Erin's talent as an amazing educator. Erin is also a Bay Area native, she was born and raised in San Jose, CA. Erin also has lots of Bay Area pride - she is a huge A's and Niners fan!

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Academy Driving Instructor

Hassell has over seven years of driving instructor experience. Since 2011, he has taught well over 4,000 hours to hundreds of teens and adults throughout the Bay Area. Hassell grew up in the Willow Glen area of San Jose and attended UC Santa Cruz, studying in American Latino Studies. Jack of all trades, Hassell has excelled in many fields and passions including working in IT, as a freelance writer, and photographer. A passionate trainer with strong empathy and a specialty in working with students who have anxiety driving. Hassell is also bilingual and fluent in Spanish.

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Academy Driving Instructor

Armenia comes to Bay Area Driving Academy with several years of training experiences as both a swim instructor and a dance school coordinator. Having worked with people of all ages and background, she is well-experienced in helping others master a new skill. Prior to her training experiences, Armenia was proudly serving our country as a communications and navigation technician for the U.S. Marine Corps. In addition, Armenia also holds an Associate of Arts degree in General Education from San Jose City College. Adding another level of safety, she is also CPR & First Aid certified. Armenia is often described as honorable, adaptable, and very patient.

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Academy Driving Instructor

We are excited to have newest driving instructor Amelia join the Bay Area Driving Academy team. Amelia highly enjoys working with others and has obtained both an Associate and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She has previous work experience in areas of child development for over three years. Proficient in computers, training, and fluent in Spanish - Amelia is geared up with excitement in developing her students' driving skills. Amelia is a Bay Area local and grew up in San Mateo County. Highly knowledgeable of local roads and driving culture, Amelia has over eight-plus years of clean driving experience. She is committed to quality and is often described as kind, patient, and informative.

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Our pledge to you…

Always provide top-level customer service. And the highest level of driver training and education. In other words, comprehensive in-car driving courses that are a cut above the competition!


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