Lead Academy Driving 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. In addition, Teresa is a 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 40+ 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.


RECENT REVIEWS for Lead Instructor Teresa
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5 out of 5 stars (based on 46 reviews)
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5.0 rating

Great experience with Teresa. My daughter had such a fantastic time learning to drive with Teresa. She was gentle, fun and so helpful. There was a clear noticeable improvement every time she had a session. My daughter passed on her 1st behind the wheel test and I feel confident she’s ready to drive safely. Thank you Teresa!!! (6/1/2019)

Teresa S. (Redwood City)
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I took two lessons with Bay Area Driving Academy. One was with Teresa and the other was with Erin. Since I had a bitter experience with another school, taking driving lessons with these two ladies was just amazing. I brushed up my driving skills with Teresa right before my driving test and I practiced driving on the highway with Erin to boost my confidence in driving. Both of them were very positive and happy ladies and gave me exactly what I needed. Wonderful school. If you were thinking of trying to save by choosing another school, forget it. Even if this school could be a little more expensive than other schools, you won’t regret your choice. Don’t make the same mistake I made of trying another school! (3/13/2019)

Myko A.
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I had a fantastic experience taking lessons here! My instructor, Teresa, was incredibly patient, helpful, and calm. I needed a freeway driving refresher after living in cities for many years, and she built up my confidence step by step while making sure I was comfortable. I’m amazed at how much of a difference even two lessons have made. I highly recommend Teresa, and Bay Area Driving Academy. 2/26/2019

Nina S. (Palo Alto)
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Hello Bay Area Driving Academy, I want to say thank you for all the help booking my appointments and being very quick to respond to my emails.
Also would like to mention instructor Teresa and Erin for being amazing. I had one lesson with instructor Teresa and she was very kind, encouraging and informative. With instructor Erin I had two lessons, one of which was my driving test day assist. Instructor Erin was very helpful, patient and supportive. She helped make me less nervous with her humour and positive attitude on my test day. I am so glad to have chosen your academy and will definitely recommend to friends!
Thank you again! 1/18/2019

Bisan B. (Santa Clara)
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We chose BADA for my 16 yr old daughter based on the Yelp reviews. We had instructor Teressa for 4 hours and then instructor Carrie for last 2 hours. Both of them were very good and taught my daughter what to do and how to drive and pointed out all the mistakes she did at the same time made her feel very comfortable while she was driving. We did 4 hours (2 hours at a time within a couple of weeks) and then saved the last 2 hours for just before the actual driving test. We also practiced with her A LOT in between. My daughter had her very first driving test this morning and she passed the first time. The DMV instructor made sure to let me know that she did very well and it felt like going on a joy ride. So thanks to Teressa and Carrie!! I would pick them again for our next kid when the time comes in a few years! Awesome!! 6/4/2018

Ramya S. (Sunnyvale)

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