Mani Sondhi, the owner and operator of Local Driving School, is the most experienced professional of the Local Driving team. He has taught drivers training for 20+ years, and is a DMV licensed traffic school instructor. Mani, perhaps more than anyone else, sees his work as a service to society. He is passionate about teaching students to be safe, wise, and courteous drivers, as well as helping new drivers earn their license. He is a defensive driving professional, and has taught driving across Northern California, including the Bay Area. Mani grew up in Yuba City, CA, studied at San Francisco State University, and worked as a driving instructor while majoring in businesses. Mani has partnered Local Driving with “Donate Life California”, offers free driving education to adults every year, and has raised awareness about traffic safety in his local community. A few of Mani’s hobbies include traveling and playing tennis.
Joti is Mani’s wife, and joined her husband in teaching driving several years ago. She is patient, kind, and knowledgeable. She encourages her students to be both attentive and confident, and enjoys helping drivers in her community be safe. As a mother of two wonderful children, she knows how important safe driving is. She enjoys teaching students all over the world. She has a degree in Computer Science. On her free time, she loves traveling, reading, playing games, and spending quality time with her family.
Don has served on the Local Driving team for 20 years, but has been a driving instructor for over 20 years. He is an experienced professional who sees drivers training as his career. He has many children and grandchildren, which he says helps him understand and communicate with his students. Consequently, he enjoys working with youth, and values his work as a unique opportunity to help society, specifically by training youth to be safe drivers. He was born in Marysville, CA, and is extremely familiar with Yuba-Sutter county. In fact, his family history in the Yuba/Marysville area traces back to the 1860s. On his free time, Don enjoys riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.
Matt Theodore is from Sacramento California. Matt was in United States Air ForceCombat Arms Instructor. To get more info visit his facebook page: http://facebook.com/theo136
Steve is a very outgoing instructor. He has been teaching students how to drive for the past 5 years. Steve grew up in Lake Tahoe then moved to the Bay Area and attended Diablo Valley College. Steve loves to go snowboarding, spend time with his dog and listen to music.
Dan was born in Los Angeles and moved to the bay area 22 years ago. Before becoming a driving instructor he worked for over 30 years as a professional juggler, and in his spare time tutored math and English in San Quentin Prison. He prides himself on his easy-going manner, and teaches driving with patience and good humor.
Kirt was born and raised in Pinole, California. https://www.facebook.com/kirt.gordon.ewing
Hello my name is Laura. I am very outgoing instructor. I am a mother of four wonderful children and I understand the importance of safe driving. I currently live in the Yuba/Sutter area. I grew up in California, Germany, and southern Mississippi. I am also a Hurricane Katrina Survivor. I graduated from Yuba College with a two degrees one in Behavioral Science Psychology and the other in Psychology. I am very passionate about mental health. It is my goal to encourage and to build confident teen and adult drivers. My oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Navy. I started teaching because I wanted to give back to our growing community. I have been teaching for less than a year and absolutely love it! I have such a passion for students and success. I pride myself on my ability to remain calm during a stressful lesson. I teach with good humor and lots of patience. During my free time I enjoy spending time with my children and friends. I enjoy movies, swimming, and a good family BBQ.