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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! 

Mauricio Arce: Owner/Operator
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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 is now running shop as the Owner and Operator.

No longer taking new students.


Joshua Arce:

Owner/Office Advisor

Joshua is Mauricio’s son. He has been working for the family business since 2013. Not only does Joshua teach driving but he is also the Office Director. Joshua is dedicated to teach his students to be safe and responsible after surviving a horrific accident when he was 19 years old. He stays motivated to keep such things from happening to others. 


Carlos Flores: Partner/Instructor
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Carlos has been a partner for The Academy of Driving for over 4 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. 

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Marissa Galindo:  

Instructor/Office Supervisor

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After retiring from being a cheerleader/coach and soccer player, she is now dedicated to teaching students how to drive. Marissa enjoys traveling, spending time with her fur babies and her family.  She is a sports enthusiast, and  a huge fan of the San Francisco Giants, Sacramento Kings, and San Francisco 49ers. Disclaimer: Instructor Marissa is in the transition of leaving The Academy of Driving as of February 28,2024. 

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Alondra: Partner/ Office Director 

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Alondra is our office director/manager. She is in charge of office and instructor upkeeping. As a newly graduate, she is finding how to balance her new chapter. Alondra enjoys  pampering herself, and spending time with her friends and family.

Yahaira: Office Supervisor/Coordinator 

(Habla Español)

Yahaira is our youngest employee, currently finishing High School to start college classes early.

She is our part-time office supervisor, and office coordinator.

Yahaira enjoys Starbucks, shopping and spending time alone.  

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