Meet Our Instructors
All our instructors have completed full training programs, and have passed NJ state licensing exams. Our instructors also go through rigorous Police and FBI background checks so as to ensure the safety of our students
Diane brings over 20 years of driving instruction experience to Approach Driving School. In 2002, Diane was instrumental in petitioning the state to provide road tests at the
Randolph Motor Vehicle Commission. She has a keen knowledge of the process from the vision test straight through to the road test. Her calm approach in dealing with first time drivers makes Approach Driving School stand above the others.
Diane has over 5,900 hours in training students with “6 hours behind the wheel,” has one of the highest success rates in applicants passing the state road test, and tutors the state written exam. Diane has trained and documented paperwork for many instructors in starting their own Driving Schools.
Diane began her training in driving as a bus driver for nearly 20 years where she learned the importance of safety and communicating with kids and young adults about safety.
Acting Governor Kim Guadagno speaks during the signing of “Nikhil’s Law” (A-1781) at the Motor Vehicle Commission in Randolph. The bill was named for 11-year-old Nikhil Badlani, who was killed in a car crash in 2011 when another car failed to stop at a stop sign
As a father of two young daughters, Dave knows the best way to teach the necessary skills of driving is to approach his lessons with patience and an easy-going manner. He wants his students to take these first steps behind the wheel as an adventure, the beginning of a long and safe future of driving. Using his forty plus years of driving experience, Dave merges the classroom lessons with practical experience on the road. Roxbury students may recognize him as one of their substitute teachers!
Christina Ferrante is one of our most requested instructors for female students. She prepares students for
real, unexpected driving scenarios. She builds confidence and awareness for her drivers, and she prepares each of them to understand a vehicle’s dynamics so that they arrive safely every time they drive.
Joe is the longest-running instructor at Approach Driving School and also works as an Emergency Response Technician. Joe is a father of three and
understands the importance of teaching young drivers how to handle tough situations and threats on the road. Joe teaches each student with the same care he would his own children.
Joe is a Roxbury resident and regularly supports the Roxbury cheerleaders by raffling free driving lessons to finance their cheer trips to Florida. He is the kind of dad that attends every meet, and you won’t see a prouder father!
Mike’s goal when instructing his students is to leave them confident and competent behind the wheel. Calm and
patient, Mike will take the time to make sure that each one of his students finishes their lessons with him fully prepared to not only pass the road test, but also able to understand and handle the responsibility of driving.
Mike lives in Rockaway with his wife and three children.
Much of his free time is spent going from one child’s sporting event to another and he wouldn’t have it any other way.
I feel honored that Kyle Holder, an intern at the Governor’s office, called me when he was asked by the Governor to call a local driving school to be present at yesterday’s bill signing. Needless to say that I, and all that were present, were very moved by the accounts of this one careless moment that has devastated this family. Because of everyone’s support it has given them strength and purpose in their son’s memory. I promised Nikhil’s dad that as an owner of a driving school, I will make sure every new driver understands that “STOP MEANS STOP”.
Diane Sullivan (middle) poses with Kendall and Kyle Holder while present at the “Nikhil’s Law” signing by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
Mike has worked for Pepsi for over 25 years – 17 years as a driver and 8 as a supervisor. Mike has successfully rolled out The Smith System and TEST (Ten Easy Safety Tips) Drive defensive
driving programs to the New Jersey Market and is a certified TEST Master Trainer for Pepsi.
Mike has been credited with saving the lives of a co-worker and his son and was asked to appear in three driver training videos that have been instituted by Pepsi worldwide.
Mike lives in Hopatcong with his wife of 29 years and their four children.
Before Mike became a driving instructor for Approach Driving, his daughter had won her driving lessons from Approach at the Hopatcong High School Annual Tricky Tray!
Fred Eckert Jr.
Fred has worked with teenagers for over twenty years, volunteering with the church youth group and working as a counselor with Willow Glen Academy for
juvenile delinquents. He serves as a counsel for Morris Juvenile Council and is also the owner of a home-based business, “New Jersey’s Forgotten History,” which entertains and educates the public on the exciting history of New Jersey.
Fred works with Approach Driving School and offers a map reading class for students at $10.00 per 45 minute class.
He and his wife Cindy have three grown children and have resided in Netcong for 32 years.
Fred’s sense of humor often helps students relax and focus on their driving tests!
Anna has been a district manager for a local business for over 10 years. She has great knowledge of roads in North, East, and West New Jersey. Anna has experienced many scenarios on the road and would like to share her knowledge with young drivers. She has lived in Hopatcong for 20 years, has taught both of her sons to drive. Anna is patient which allows her to make teaching a fun and enjoyable experience. She also can speak the Polish language fluently.
Wendy is a mother of two boys, and a Nanny of an eight-month-old granddaughter. Her interests include gardening, crocheting and reading. Wendy has 16 years of experience working in a one-on-one capacity with special needs students, including those on the spectrum. Having worked most recently with high school students, she will have completed 16 years of teaching driving in July 2021.