We offer the most qualified defensive driver training instructors in Southern California-all of our instructors are current or retired law enforcement officers with each instructor having more than 25 + years of driver safety experience. All Teen Road to Safety Instructors have extensive background, security checks and LiveScan fingerprinting and are licensed and bonded by the State of California and the DMV. We are consistently rated the number 1 driver training program by the National Driver Instructors Institute. Let Teen Road to Safety teach your child safe and defensive driving skills that will last a lifetime.

Read more about our instructor team and see why Teen Road to Safety is completely different from any other driving school in Southern California.

AL PEREZ (Instructor)

Al Perez graduated the California Highway Patrol Academy in 1985 and was assigned to the East Los Angeles (ELA) area office. While at the ELA area office, his assignments included: Patrol, Bilingual translation in Spanish, Field Training Officer, Commercial Officer, Protective Services Detail (Presidential Motorcades), Acting Sergeant/Officer in charge, felony follow-up officer/court liaison officer and F.B.I. Fugitive Task Force. In 1995, Al was accepted into the CHP Mexico Liaison Unit at the Border Division Headquarters in San Diego. His duties consisted of investigating auto theft and insurance fraud cases, as well as Training California State and local law enforcement agencies in the Identification of fraudulent Mexican Registration documents. He also provided training to Federal, State, and local Mexican Law Enforcement agencies in identifying stolen autos, physical methods of arrest, protection of political officers, and defensive driving techniques. Al completed numerous Dignitary Protection assignments. Al was also the driver for Gov. Gray Davis driver in Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico, bodyguard to State Treasurer Matt Fong in South America and Mexico City, as well as driver for many Mexican and United States Governors. In 2004, Al went on to the Orange County Auto Theft Task Force (OCATT) where he conducted many undercover auto theft assignments to infiltrate professional auto theft gangs. Al retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2011 and joined Teen Road to Safety San Diego in 2014. He is a beloved instructor both behind the wheel and in the classroom and trains our new TRTS instructors.


Jim Piscitelli retired from the San Diego Sheriff's Department after serving 33 years as the department's SUV 4-wheel drive Instructor. He was also the Supervisor for the Off Road Enforcement Team a Search and Rescue Coordinator and the Instructor for ATVs, Dual Sport M/C, Side by Side (UTV), P.O.S.T. Emergency Vehicle and P.O.S.T. 4 x 4. Jim's teaching philosophy includes safe on and off-road driving, respect for others, the environment, understanding vehicle limitations and crash avoidance.

JEROME STOCKS (Instructor)

After years of competing in motorcycle racing and long distance touring, Jerome became an Instructor with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Program in Coronado. Jerome then spent more than 20 years working with families and new drivers as a Farmers Insurance Agency owner. His duties included accident claims reporting which lead him to attend and successfully completed the San Diego County Sheriff's Academy driving instruction course. He now serves on the Volunteer Sheriff's Department team and as a Driving Instructor with TRTS.

JIM ARMAND (Instructor)

Jim is a retired San Diego Sheriff's Deputy that spent 34 years with the Sheriff's Department. During his career he worked in multiple cities including Vista, San Marcos, Encinitas, Poway and Santee. Jim's assignments included Patrol, Detectives, Traffic, Motors and is an accident reconstructionist. As a collateral duty officer, he was assigned to the Off-Road Team for more than 10 years. He is an ATV and off-road motorcycle instructor. While assigned to the Motor Division, Jim was the department's Motor Training Coordinator and Lead Motor Instructor. Jim has been a Law Enforcement EVOC instructor for more than 15 years.


Donald Williams started his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) as a police cadet Explorer Scout in 1984 to 1988. During his time as a police Explorer Scout he also worked as a Parking Enforcement Officer with the City of San Diego. In 1988, Donald was recruited to join the San Diego Police Department until 2007. Donald also worked for the San Diego Unified School District Police Department (SDUSD-PD), and the San Diego State University Police Department (SDSU-PD) until he retired in 2019. While at SDUSD-PD he assisted in driver safety courses, and worked in and around many Elementary, Middle and High schools in the district. At SDSU- PD he was first officer to be assigned to assist students in residential housing as a liaison between them and the department. At SDPD, he was a community relations officer, a Neighborhood Policing Team Officer, and worked at four (4) different police divisions within the City of San Diego.

GREG PENE (Advanced Instructor)

Greg Pene is a professional multi-level driving instructor with a passion for sharing his experiences with others. Greg is a devoted husband, father and an avid golfer. Greg started his racing career in formula cars at Riverside Raceway in 1976. He was asked to become a racing instructor with SCCA shortly after he obtained his national license early in 1977. He went on to become assistant chief instructor and chief instructor for both open wheel and closed wheel race groups. After winning SCCA's Southern Pacific Division Formula Continental Championship, Greg was recruited by Performance Two, a stunt driving team for the film industry. To this day, he still is active and a member in good standing with Performance Two. Concurrently, he owns GP Performance Driving and remains active with it as well. Since becoming a member of SAG/AFTRA twenty-five years ago, Greg has performed in numerous commercials, live shows, action print ads, features and television productions. He is very comfortable in front of and behind the camera. Greg continues to work with professional driving schools, nationwide ride and drive programs and most importantly teen defensive driving programs. Greg Pene is sold on the idea that it takes 100% focus on driving to remain safe behind the wheel. His desire is to continue to spread the word to as many young inexperienced drivers as he can.

SEAN McLAUGHLIN (Advanced Instructor)

Sean McLaughlin has been a stunt coordinator and precision driver since 1987. He has filmed over 250 commercials, done live car shows and driven in motion pictures in countries such as Italy, Spain, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States. He is considered an expert in car control. As a result of his extensive driving career, he has developed the ability to instill confidence in drivers, young and old.

GEOFF SYKES (Advanced Instructor)

Geoff Sykes' experience includes: TRAINING Jim Hall Kart Racing School Sprint Kart Day 1A & 1B Shifter Kart Day 2 Motion Picture Stunt Driving School Super Level 1 Driving Concepts Competition Racing School BMWCCA H.P. Driving School Level A+ BMW CCA Auto-X, Car Control Clinic, Street Survival Instructor RACING Affiliations: FIA, GRC, USAC, BMWCCA, SCCA, USTCC BMW CCA Autocross 10 – 1st Place 4 – 2nd Place 1 – 3rd Place.

DAVID DYE (Advanced Instructor)

David retired after 34 years as an Officer in the Costa Mesa Police Department and served 8 years as the Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Orange County Regional Sheriffs Academy. He has been a martial arts practitioner and instructor since 1962 and has owned a martial arts school in Costa Mesa since 1980. David has trained Special Forces, West Point Military Police and is a Martial Arts Instructor for the United States Marine Corps. Additionally he is a stunt man, stunt choreographer and EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) Instructor.

JONATHAN LAROCHE (Advanced Instructor)

Jonathan Laroche graduated from the San Diego County Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy in August of 2013 as an El Cajon Police Officer. Upon completion of field training, he was assigned to patrol duties within the City of El Cajon working a variety of patrol sectors and assignments. Jonathan worked numerous San Diego County wide criminal task force assignments targeting narcotics and human trafficking along the Interstate 8 corridor, outlaw motorcycle gangs and protection of witnesses and victims of violent crimes.
Additionally, Jonathan has worked numerous DUI enforcement and saturation details and served as the Patrol Gang Enforcement Unit and Patrol Liaison to the San Diego East County Gang Task Force. Jonathan is a POST certified instructor in Tactical Rifle, Conflict De-Escalation and Active Shooter Response and is certified in Witness Protection and Extradition through the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
Prior to serving as a Police Officer, Jonathan served on active duty for eight years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantryman, attained the rank of Sergeant and was deployed to Iraq three times.
Jonathan brings a passion to teach your teen safe and responsible driving after having witnessed numerous tragedies involving teen and adult motorists. Jonathan is committed to providing your teen with tools and training necessary to operate a motor vehicle safely and enjoyably.