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 San Francisco Bay Area.


To begin with, CEO/Head Instructor, Carrie Lampman, selects 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, with or without previous experience, take additional 20 hours of required training.  Additionally, holding 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 14 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 the Silicon Valley, she is widely considered one of the best driver education and training experts.
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. 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 15+ 5-Star Yelp reviews. Teresa is our most experienced instructor - providing top training and education.
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Academy Driving Instructor
Academy Driving Instructor Tony was a former Deputy Sheriff for San Francisco County. Including his education in criminal justice, training as a Cadet in Police Academy and his extensive knowledge of traffic laws and safety - Tony brings a unique perspective to our team of instructors. He has also obtained numerous certifications and technical skills including CPR, emergency vehicle operations, and instructor license.
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Academy Driving Instructor
Academy Driving Instructor Vanessa is our newest team-member and State-licensed driving instructor. Vanessa comes to us with over 7 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.
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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 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.
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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 free-lance 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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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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