Meet the Instructor: Mike Andrus

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Meet the Instructor: Mike Andrus

US Truck instructor Mike Andrus

Mike came to us about a year ago and has been a great addition to our instruction team. Mike loves to spend quality time with his family when he is not here producing the best drivers in the business. Great Job Mike!

Meet the Staff: Rashaun Thompson, Mechanic

 

We would like to welcome Rashaun Thompson to the USTDS family as our new mechanic. Rashaun brings the enthusiastic, hardworking and dedicated work ethic to our staff that is shared by all of the USTDS team members. We are pleased to have him keeping the USTDS ship running smoothly. Welcome Rashaun!!

Meet the Staff: Rashaun Thompson, Mechanic

US Truck Mechanic, Rashaun Thompson

Meet the Instructor: Bill Moore

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Meet the Instructor: Bill Moore

US Truck instructor Bill Moore

Bill has been with USTDS for going on his 3rd year and consistently receives high praise from students on his calm ability to relay his vast knowledge to them. He is a great asset to the best instruction team in the business. Bill recently received his state certification as a 3rd party examiner. Congratulations Bill!

CTVA Instructors

 

Tanay, Mark, Carson and Gene stand with their CVTA plaques they were awarded for reaching Certified Master Instructor status. They are all instructors at at the Colorado Springs/Pueblo campus. Congratulations to each of you!

CVTA Instructors at USTDS Co. Springs

Double Take!

 

We all had a good laugh with Arlene (left), and Peggy (right) who came into our Denver office dressed alike the other day! Great minds think alike, right! And apparently they shop at the same store! Thanks for the laugh, ladies. It’s always fun with you two around!

Arlene and Peggy, USTDS staff

Meet the Instructor: Louis Lemon

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

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Meet the Instructor, Part 7: Louis Lemon

USTDS CDL instructor Louis LemonWhat is the best part about being an instructor here at USTDS?
After 46 years of driving I very much enjoy passing on what I know. I enjoy getting to meet new students. I meet a lot of interesting people who are now at a point in the lives where they are going after a new career and I like passing on my experience to them. This is a good way for me to continue to experience the trucking industry. And it keeps me around trucks.

What advise would you give to a student?
The best advice I can give is to be neat, be courteous and respectful because you are always meeting new people. Be knowledgeable, this will keep you safe. And always be aware of your surroundings.

When not instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Bowling! I am in a bowling league and I very much enjoy doing that. But mostly I enjoy my family. I spend a lot of time with my son. We enjoy attending various events- like car shows, for instance. I also enjoy my granddaughter. I love babysitting her. I’ve enjoyed watching her grow!

Meet The Instructor: Michael Smith

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Our Meet the Instructor feature posts give current and prospective students the opportunity to learn a little more about each USTDS instructor.

Meet The Instructor, Part 6: Michael Smith

USTDS Instructor Michael Smith

What is the best part about being an instructor at US Truck Driving School?
I believe the best part of being an instructor is twofold. For one I get to pass on my knowledge and secondly, seeing the light going on in student’s eyes when they understand what is being taught to them.

What advice would you give current or prospective students?
The best advise I was ever given and I enjoy passing on is a quote by Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.”

When not instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I spend my free time volunteering for my son’s Cub Scout pack as committee chair, and I spend time volunteering for my daughter’s parent’s organization for Irish Dance. I mostly spend my time with my family.

Meet the Instructor: Carson Stone

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

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Meet the Instructor, Part 5: Carson Stone

USTDS Instructor, Carson StoneWhat is the best part about being an instructor at USTDS?
At the end of the day students -hopefully- will come up to me and say “I learned a lot and had a great day!”

What advice would you give current or prospective students?
You are getting into a great career field, also tell them to hang tough and to stay in trucking – too many students give up driving their first 6 months.

When you’re not here instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
I like fishing, cooking on the grill, taking small walks around our quiet village & learning history.

USTDS Instructors with CVTA Certifications

 

USTDS - proud member of CVTAFor over 53 years United States Truck Driving School has been dedicated to complete professionalism. As members of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA), we are committed to having our instructors participate in the Instructor Certification Program.

The CVTA Instructor Certification Program was developed to assist truck driving school instructors with learning better ways to convey their knowledge and skills to their students.

CVTA Requirements for the each level of instructor certification are as follows:

Level 1: 450 Hours of Teaching Experience and 3 Modules
Level 2: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 3: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 4: 900 Additional Hours and 6 Additional Modules
Level 5 Master Instructor: 450 Additional Hours and 3 Additional Modules

USTDS employs 10 full- and part-time instructors – five are just now begining Level 1 and five have achieved the level of Master Instructor! We are very proud, and congratuate each of you!

USTDS Instructors who have reached Level 5 Master Instructor Certification:
Krissy Ulgiati, Louis lemon, Bill Moore, Harold Trent, Norm Wigham

For more information on the Commercial Vehicle Training Association, please visit cvta.org

Meet the Instructor: Mark H.

 

The instructors at US Truck Driving School are one of our greatest assets! They are leaders in the field, and are happy to share their knowledge and expertise with students.

Our Meet the Instructor feature posts give current and prospective students the opportunity to learn a little more about each USTDS instructor.

USTDS Instructor Mark Haefner

Meet the Instructor, Part 4: Mark H.

1. What is the best part about being an instructor at US Truck Driving School?
Being able to work with different people, every new class presents different challenges working with the students through these challenges have their own different rewards.

2. What advise would you give current or prospective students?
Study and listen to what your instructors are telling you, always stay relaxed if you make a mistake learn from it, do not get upset over it. Never let yourself think that you can’t do this, and always have a positive attitude.

3. When not instructing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Relaxing, working on my vehicles, going fishing or camping, overall just trying to enjoy whatever I can when I can.