Meet our Team
At The Academy of Driving we have a team of professional, qualified and patient instructors that offer competent driving instruction in a fun yet safe environment.
Be the best or drive like the rest!
Joshua Arce - Partner/Office Manager/Instructor
Joshua is Mauricio’s son. He has been working for the family business since 2013. Not only does Joshua teach driving lessons but he is also the Office Manager for The Academy of Driving. What motivates Joshua is that he wants to teach young drivers how to be safe and responsible drivers after serving a horrific accident when he was 19 years old. He is dedicated to teaching new safe drivers.
Carlos Flores - Partner/Instructor (Habla Español)
Carlos has been a partner for The Academy of Driving for over 3 years.
Previously having 35 years working as a pressman, he is excited to be teaching students how to drive. Carlos is our soft spoken instructor, he specializes in teaching nervous nellies how to get their license. When Carlos is not instructing, he enjoys spending time with his family or working on DIY home projects.
Mauricio Arce: Operator/Part-time Instructor (Habla Español)
After serving the DMV as an LRE for over 30 years, Mauricio opened up The Academy of Driving after seeing the need for new safe drivers. He convinced his son, Joshua to join ranks and together they run AOD as their family business. Mauricio only instructs part-time and spends his free time with his wife Lenda or enjoys his favorite sports teams Giants, 49ers, Warriors and anything related to soccer.
Gavin Cowart: Part-Time Instructor
Not only is he Maurice's godson, but he is thriving and enjoying teaching students how to drive. Gavin loves cars, and enjoys car rides in his WRX. When he's not driving he's watching Game of Thrones or The Sopranos. He is our house resident animal lover, and AOD's handy man.
Marissa Galindo: Part-Time Instructor (Habla Español)
After retiring from being a cheerleader/coach and soccer player from Foothill High, she is now studying to become an RN at Sacramento State. When Marissa is not obsessing over her dog Brody and new puppy Bane she is spending time with her family. Not only does she enjoy making tamales with her grandma but she also loves to play video games with her siblings. She is a huge fan of the Giants, Kings, and 49ers.
Alondra: Office Supervisor (Habla Español)
Currently studying to be an athletic trainer. Alondra only works at AOD part-time. Alondra attends Sacramento State and is studying full time. When she has a moment to herself, she spends time with her family and friends and is an Bad Bunny super fan.
Kylee: Office Coordinator
Not only is Kylee Alondra's assistant but she's also a full time dog mom to Milo. When Kylee is not working, she spends her free time with her nephews helping with school, sports and all around fun times. Kylee is our current TV guru, and music enthusiast. She loves to watch Netflix.