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.
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.
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 working with students from India, as she is bilingual in both English and Punjabi, and loves working alongside her husband for their family. She has a degree in Computer Science, and is also attending classes at Yuba College to improve her academic writing. On days when not teaching driving or attending classes, she cares for her children and cooks for her family, as she and Manish take care of their parents at home. On her free time, she loves traveling, reading, playing games, and spending quality time with her husband.
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.
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