Name: Rick Doyel
Years teaching Driver's Education: 40+ years
Years with our company: 7 years
Rick has taught driver's education for over forty years. Thirty-three of those years were teaching in a high school setting and the last 7 here at AA Indiana Driving School. He and his wife are from Terre Haute, Indiana and had their teaching careers in Vincennes where Rick was a fifth-grade teacher for 35 years and His wife, Jenny, was an art teacher and later a high school guidance counselor. They have two grown sons who live in the Carmel area and 3 beautiful grandchildren. Ricks says he has always enjoyed teaching and that is why he finds working at AA Indiana Driving School so rewarding. He gets to meet hundreds of awesome students every year who are eager to learn how to be safe, law abiding, and courteous drivers. Rick states "If I can be a part of that learning process whether to a small or large degree then I am pleased and proud to provide my knowledge and expertise." We are truly blessed to have him as part of our team at AA Indiana Driving School. He has such a positive attitude every day. He is funny and witty and makes the students and staff laugh. It is always a pleasure to see him interact with each student one-on-one. Whether he is calming their nerves or giving them positive feedback or constructive criticism, they are grateful for it.
Name: Kent Dickey
Years teaching driver's education: 10 years
Years with our company: 7 years
Kent received a B.S degree in Industrial Arts and an M.S. in Special Education from Ball State University. He later received his driver's education certificate from Indiana State University in 2009. Kent spent 23 years his teaching career working as a Special Education Teacher with Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). He also coached baseball for 15 years and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In his free time, he enjoys lifting weights and taking walks with his wife Carol. He also teaches Sunday School at the Noblesville Nazarene Church. We truly feel so lucky to have Kent working for our company. He is so kind and patient with each of the students he teaches. You can tell he really enjoys what he does and is good at it. With his degree and career in special education he also works very well with our students the may have some learning disabilities or special challenges.
Name: Kathy Martin
Years teaching driver's education: 24+ years
Years with our company: 24+ Years
Location: Carmel, Tipton
Kathy has an M.S. degree in education and special education. Kathy has worked as a special education teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS), Perry Township, and at Montessori in Illinois. She also served in the Navy from 1983-1986 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor. Outside of work, Kathy's hobbies consist of photography, volunteering at the Humane Society and she is an advocate for foster care. Regarding driver's education, her best advice is to "practice, practice, practice with your parent." Kathy has been with our company for over 24 years and we are so grateful to have her. She works diligently to make sure each student develops the skills to be a safe driver. With her background in special educations she can work with those individuals who may have some special needs. She states that after 24 years of teaching teenagers how to drive she "still has nerves of steel."
Name: Larry Little
Years teaching driver's education: 54 years
Years with our company: 21 years
Larry received his B.S. degree in from Purdue in 1961 and later his M.S. degree from Indiana University in 1969. He taught Biology, Physical Science, Physical Education and coached for over 36 years before retiring a devoting his time to driver's education. Larry lives in Florida most of the year and returns home to Indiana in the summer. He continues to teach students to drive during our busy summer season and we are very lucky to have him. He is patient with the students and his extensive years of teaching has made him invaluable. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Carol who he has been married to for over 58 years but says he is "still in training." He also enjoys working in the garden and playing golf.
Name: Tina Nicolazzi
Sarted with our company: 2018
Location: Carmel, Classroom
Tina has only worked as a driver education instructor since 2018, but her history with driver education and AA Indiana Driving School goes back her entire life. Tina's father, Libero 'Nic' Nicolazzi, took over AA Indiana Driving School Inc. from the original owner back in 1987. It has remained in her family ever since. After her father's passing, her mother and father's business partner ran the company while Tina pursued other endeavors in life, which included a career as a medical massage therapist and an EMT. During this time, she finished her associate degree in business administration at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis, IN. She is married and has three beautiful children. In 2018 she was ready to go back to school to finish her bachelor's degree when her mother's business partner decided to retire. Knowing that her mother would need help, she felt this was her time to finally get involved in the family business she had been around her entire life. She received her driver education instructor certification from Indiana State in the summer of 2019. She is now the president of AA Indiana Driving School Inc and truly enjoys what she is doing. She enjoys the business aspect but loves to teach the students. Tina states, "I know that my father would be proud. This company was my dad's legacy, and it is now my job to carry on that legacy. Maybe one day one of my kids will take it over from me. This is a family business and I plan to keep it that way." When asked what sets her apart as a teacher she stated, "I understand that every student learns a little differently, I am good at being able to tweak my teaching style to fit the needs of each student, especially those who may have learning disabilities, Autism, ADD, and high anxiety." In fact, Tina's oldest son has Autism and knows how difficult it is to find the right school to teach these special individuals. Her goal is to make sure AA Indiana Driving School is as inclusive as possible.
Name: Kim Hayden
Years teaching driver's education: 40+ years
Years with our company: 18+ years
Kim has been teaching driver education since 1974. He started at Greensburg High School where he also taught history and physical education. He received his bachelor's degree in education from Ball State University, where he played football and ran track. He met his now wife of 48 years, Connie, while at Ball State. Connie was also a teacher who taught elementary and middle school language arts. Kim later completed his master's degree at Indiana University. Kim and his wife have two grown sons and five amazing grandchildren. In his spare time, he is an avid reader and loves to watch sports, especially baseball. Of course, spending time with his family is his favorite thing to do. He truly enjoys teaching. He is now retired from teaching; however, he still substitutes from time to time and of course still teaches driver education. Kim states "As a teacher, students didn't care how much I knew, until they realized how much I cared." You can tell by his patients and attentiveness own much he truly cares about each student. He has been with AA Indiana Driving School Inc. for 18+ years. We look forward to having him as part of our team for many more years to come.
Name: Marty Rockwood
Years teaching driver's education: 1 year
Years with our company: 1 year
Marty graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam in 1974 with a BA Degree in Environmental Science. Marty was born in Syracuse, New York and lived there most of his life until he moved to Indianapolis in 1991. He worked for FedEx Services starting in 1976 working in operations, sales, marketing, and various manager roles on the corporate and global level until he retired in 2018. Marty has been married for 45 years to his wife Denise. They have 3 children and 10 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and gardening. He even put his Environmental Science degree and love for gardening, to help others in need. He helped start a non-profit called Watch Us Farm. It is a program that helps children and adults with special needs meet their full potential. They learn how to grow fresh food, care for animals, weave and prepare preassembled kits for manufacturing companies. It teaches them much needed vocational skills and even provides them with paying jobs. It brings purpose and pride to the participants and volunteers alike.
Marty is one of the most kind, patient, organized, and dependable individuals and it shows in every aspect of his life. We asked Marty why he chose to become a driver education instructor; he said he wanted the opportunity to meet new people, be productive and to coach others. Marty's quote in regards to his success in life is "It takes absolutely no talent to be positive, have a good attitude, have a good work ethic, be passionate, be on time, be prepared, go the extra mile, be coachable, or be grateful; but talent is useless without these."
Name: Scott Williams
Started with our company: 2022
Location: Carmel, West Indy, Classroom
Scott is a 1985 graduate of Ben Davis High School. There he excelled as a runner. He was the 1984 IHSAA state cross country champion and 1985 state 1600m champion. He graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a degree in Secondary Education. At IU, he was the 1987 Big Ten Cross Country Champion and NCAA All-American and even qualified for the 1988 Olympic Trials in the 5000m run. He has been a teacher, school administrator, and coach at Ben Davis since 1990, in Social Studies-including special education and AP courses. He earned his master's degree in 1997 to instruct students with special needs, learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, cognitive issues, and emotional disorders including high anxiety. We see firsthand how well he does with these students in the classroom setting and in the car. In 2009 he earned his principal's license and was promoted to assistant principal at Ben Davis University High School. He also worked as an assistant athletic director at Ben Davis High School. He coached 20 years of track/cross country at Ben Davis and IUPUI. The athletes he coached won the 1995 State IHSAA team championship and 1996 individual state cross country title. Scott is married and has 2 daughters. He still enjoys running and staying active. He is a hard worker who goes above and beyond for his students and colleagues. He not only teaches behind the wheel lessons but is also our regular classroom teacher. He sees driver's education as the ultimate teaching platform. Many have commented that he has a very calming presence which helps to get students in the proper mind-set to learn how to drive and feel confident in their ability after they have earned their license.
Name: Drew Matlock
Started with our company: 2023
Drew is a 2012 graduate of Westfield High School. He began his career in Medical Assisting after trade school in Dayton, Ohio. However, he found his true calling when he decided to work for AAA as a Roadside Service Technician, which perfectly combined his love of driving and helping those in need. Drew takes driver safety very seriously and enjoys the act of driving, even finding it therapeutic. He has extensive experience driving many different types of vehicles such as box trucks, rollbacks (tow trucks), and motorcycles to name a few and has a for hire and motorcycle endorsement. In his free time, Drew enjoys riding his motorcycle, and keeping his mind alert with origami and the occasional puzzle. In fact, it isn't uncommon to find random origami scattered around the school or left in the occasional training vehicle. His artistic flare doesn't go unnoticed, and his colleagues even enjoy it. He enjoys teaching students the skills required to become safe drivers. He doesn't just want his students to know how to drive their vehicle safely but also how to be good defensive drivers, so they can drive past tow trucks and not end up on the back of one.
Name: Robin Luehrmann
Started with our company: 2022
Robin has had a career involving some form of driving for over half her life. Robin began her career in the US Air Force law enforcement, where she got to travel all over Europe and received many military certificates, including NCO Leadership Awards and Expert Marksmanship. After her military career, she went on to be a bus driver for Westfield Schools and continues to do so 34 years now and counting. Because of this, she understands the importance of driver safety and decided that teaching it gave her the opportunity to share her passion and expertise with others. We couldn't agree more. Robin is very knowledgeable, energetic, friendly, patient and encouraging. She truly takes pride in what she does. She loves being with the students and helping them achieve their goal of being safe and courteous drivers. Robin most enjoys making the students smile and laugh. Robin loves to stay busy. Because of this she works seasonally at Christkindlmarkt during the Christmas season and working security at Ruoff Music Center during the summertime. In her free time, you can find Robin riding her horse or spending time with family. She is the mother of 2 grown daughters and grandmother to 3 beautiful boys. We truly feel blessed to have Robin as part of our team.
Name: Mike Luellen
Started with our company: 2022
Location: New Palestine
Mike started his professional career as an electronics technician after receiving his Associates of Applied Science degree in Electronics. He worked over 30 years, most of those years with RCA, as an electronic technician before retiring. Throughout his career he trained newly hired employees and provided product training to partner companies and customers. He enjoyed the training aspect of his job, and it has proven very helpful in his new driver's education career. After Mike retired, he decided he wanted to use the skills he gained from his past jobs and to help others. Mike is married with 5 grown children and 6 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing disc golf and spending time with friends, family and of course his grandchildren. Mike's mild mannered, patient, and gentle approach to teaching makes him well liked especially among nervous/anxious students. Mike is continuing to grow and develop as a driver education instructor. He loves to learn and doesn't shy away from a challenge. Most of all he loves his "office" that corners, with a view.
Name: Matt Gates
Started with our company: 2023
Matt grew up in Royal Center, a small town in Northern Indiana. He attended Pioneer High School and later received his bachelor's degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Franklin College. He has worked as a Probation Officer/Case Manager since 2010. What Matt enjoys most about being a probation officer is his ability to help individuals overcome challenges in their lives and provide them with the tools to help them be successful in life and get a second chance. This is also what he enjoys about driver's education, helping his students overcome any challenges they may face with learning to drive and helping to make a positive impact in their lives. Matt has a very calm demeanor and is very patient with his students. In his free time, he enjoys coaching his kid's sports, traveling, playing golf and basketball. He also enjoys watching football and basketball. His favorite teams are Notre Dame football, IU basketball, and of course the Indianapolis Colts.
Name: Pete Eriksen
Started with our company: 2022
Pete was born and raised in New York City. He attended college at the University of Alabama and graduated with a degree in Marketing. He started his professional career in the US Army and served our country for 36 years. He spent much of his time in the Army teaching. He taught many different classes and enjoyed watching people learn and experience new things. Pete has quite an extensive work experience including building a manufacturing plant in Indy in 1982 and later sold to a California company in 2003, Purchasing at Sinclair Refining Company, holding two Vice President positions at Jetcoat Co. and Midwest Division, Henry Company, and Fleet Manager at Paul Harvey Ford in Indianapolis. Pete loves to stay busy, even in his retirement. He is currently a bus driver for Carmel Clay Schools. He has seen a lot on the road, much of it not good. He felt that teaching driver's education would be parallel to his current job and be something that he would enjoy. Pete has been married to his wife Elaine for over 55 years now. They have 2 grown kids and 2 grandchildren. In his free time, Pete enjoys golfing and spending time at his church. Pete lives by the motto not just with driving but with all things, "do it until you get it right". Like when he taught in the Army, he truly enjoys teaching and watching the students learn and gain new skills and experiences.
Name: Lisa Ullrich
Started with our company: 1990
Instructing since: 2021
Lisa's has been involved in AA Indiana Driving School since she was 16 years old. Back in 1990, Lisa would drive to the office after school and work as the secretary at AA Indiana Driving School. She enjoyed being part of the family business until she graduated from Carmel High School in 1993 and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada with her then husband, because he was in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Nellis Airforce Base. In 2002, Lisa moved back to Indiana to be closer to her family again. In this time she went back to college and would go on to receive her Master's Degree in Business Management IT. She has held different management positions and now works full-time as a Regional Property Manager, which requires her to drive quite a bit for her job. Tired of seeing all the poor drivers on the road and wanting to be involved in the family business again, Lisa decided to get her instructor license and begin teaching driver's education. She found she really enjoyed working with the students and with her kind and patient demeanor the students really enjoy having her as their instructor. In her free time Lisa enjoys reading, board games, trivia, kayaking and playing pool. In fact, she plays in the APA Leagues for pool. She also loves spending time with her husband Dave and her fur babies; two dachshunds named Jilly and Chewie. She also volunteers for the dachshund rescue, helping to transport pups to their temporary and forever homes. Being a Harry Potter fan her favorite quote on life is "happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light." -Dumbledore.