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.


RECENT REVIEWS for Driving Instructor Hassell
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Great driving school, both my boy’s passed their driving test with Hassell, he is an excellent instructor. He was very thorough in every lesson on what would be expected of them on the day of the test. Highly recommend this company. (9/27/2019)

Grace K. (San Francisco)
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Best driving school and best instructor in Bay Area!! Hassell is such a great instructor. He is so nice, knowledgeable and extremely patient! He is the best instructor I’ve ever encounter!! I took two lessons with him and he taught me soooo much, not just everything about road test but also very practical skills like how to drive on freeway, in mountain area and a lot more.
AND I PASSED MY ROAD TEST FIRST TRY today!! I highly recommend taking class with Hassell, ur driving will just instantly improve magically :D. Be sure to ask for Hassell for you lessons, you won’t regret!! (8/29/2019)

Yaoyue L. (San Jose)
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I never learned to drive as a teenager, but decided it was finally time to get my license after years of putting it off. I was pretty nervous when I first started taking lessons and had barely driven outside of a parking lot. With the help of many of the Bay Area Driving Academy instructors, I feel I can now comfortably drive almost anywhere (including freeways!). In particular, many thanks to Erin and Hassell for helping fine-tune my trouble areas (turning and lane-changing) and getting me to a place where I could pass that DMV test – our lessons were so enjoyable and valuable! I just got my official license in the mail (woohoo)! (8/1/2019)

Lillian C. (Palo Alto)
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Hassell was an amazing instructor. He helped take so much of the anxiety out of driving. I know now that even four years post brain injury, I’m fully capable of driving, and Hassell was able to teach me helpful, calming, and valuable tools. I recommend Instructor Hassel for anyone with high anxiety while driving! (8/29/2019)

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Overall we were super happy with Hassell. He was professional, knowledgeable, and patient instructor. We appreciated his individual approach to helping our son. He thought outside the box came up with creative ways to teach our son how to drive and went above and beyond what we expected. We highly recommend Hassell to anyone and everybody. (7/27/2019)


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