Southeast Region of American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association
Josh Turner serves as the Director of Georgia Driver Education Commission with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. He oversees the administration of driver education grant scholarships throughout Georgia, - a program which he developed, nurtured, and implemented. Josh has an extensive background in program development, operations performance, and complete management. Prior to his current appointment, Josh was the Grant Manager with Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety where he was the Driver Training Program Coordinator for Impaired Driving and oversaw Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, as well as Professional Training Programs. Josh has attended, participated in, and supported numerous program management courses with NHTSA and is often referred to as a problem solver and bridge builder with common-sense approach. Before joining the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Josh was representative for Governor Nathan Deal’s first gubernatorial campaign. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Georgia where he majored in political science with a minor in criminal justice.
Tricia is beginning her third year as a Driver Education Instructor at Fuquay Varina High School with Jordan Driving School. She is the Lead Driver Education Teacher at her school and has a love for ensuring all students are given knowledgeable tool to become effective drivers. She has a passion for reminding parents they were the first teacher and she is trying to correct/re-teach some behaviors learned from parents. She loves her parent/student meetings on the last day of class when she can share helpful tips to parents and students on driver safety. Tricia enjoys sharing her passion for safety and knowledge with new drivers. She has been a school counselor for twenty-three years and received many awards. She has severed on State Employee’s Credit Union Board in Fuquay-Varina for the past 8 years and on the board in Angier. She holds a BA and MA from Gardner-Webb University, MA from North Carolina State University and Advanced Degree from UNC-Greensboro.
Tom retired from UPS in 2008 with 2.7 million safe driving miles. He is proud small business owner of Drivers Limited Traffic School since 2009. He is certified by AAA to teach the Driver Improvement Program and authorized by the TN Department of Safety to teach 4-hour traffic school and 8-hour Driver Improvement Programs. Tom teaches several classes for a non-profit, TDIP, in five East Tennessee counties on a monthly basis. He has been a Driver Education Classroom Instructor and Behind the Wheel instructor at Drive 4 Life Academy, Inc. since 2010. Tom is a Rotarian and served on the board of his club for five years. He also served on the board of Kidz Team, an organization to assist families who have children with cancer. His teaching continues to improve the safety of the driving public for the State of Tennessee.
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Harold has been a Driver Education teacher for fourteen years. He serves as Research Division Chairman for ADTSEA Nationals and has held the position for ten years. Harold works as an instructor trainer and evaluator for JDS Carolinas. He teaches Behind-the-Wheel and Classroom for JDS Carolinas in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. He has served proudly for 16 years as an educator at all levels. He is currently a Behavioral Specialist at Neal Middle School in Durham, NC, where he also coaches baseball and previously coached basketball. Harold is exemplary as a Professional Development Instructor.
Darren Tessitore is a Drug Free Ambassador with the Foundation for a Drug-Free Worlds. Darren then stated volunteering for the largest drug education program on earth, The Foundation for a Drug-Free World (www.drugfreeworld.org). Through his volunteer efforts Darren has educated over 10,000+ law enforcement, driver educators and school educators around the US and Canada.
The Foundation for a Drug-Free World is a nonprofit public benefit corporation that empowers youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free.
No one, especially a young person, likes to be lectured about what he or she can or cannot do. Thus, we provide the facts that empower youth to choose not to take drugs in the first place. Additionally our Truth About Drugs campaign consists of activities that they can join which popularize drug-free living. These activities are simple, effective and can involve people of all ages.
Darren is currently the CEO for The Hiring Academy, the worlds premier on-line training platform that teaches business how to hire the right people the first time and every time.