DELPHOS — The Driving Instructors at Tri-County Driving School have logged thousands of hours of in-classroom and in-car instruction for both student and adult drivers.
Tom Osting became a driving instructor and training manager after retiring from school bus driving. He was certified in 2001 after completing 62 hours of training through a program administered by the Ohio State Highway Patrol in Columbus. Osting averages 15-25 hours of in-car instruction and filling in when needed in the classroom setting.
Trena Proffitt Bartz has 32 years experience in law enforcement and began teaching classes in 2010. She typically logs over 80 hours of drive time in a three-week time-frame and teaches in the 24-hour classroom 6-7 times a year. She believes her acquired teaching certifications and relevancy enables a solid learning environment for her students.
Rick Reaver, who retired from the Highway Patrol in 2007, has been a driving instructor off and on for over 30 years and is a licensed driving instructor and certified training manager. As a trooper, he instructed cadets and police officers at the academy with maneuvering, pursuit driving and high-speed backing. He has also been a driving instructor for the law enforcement program at Apollo. In addition, Reaver teaches Saturday traffic school for first-time juvenile traffic offenders for Allen and Van Wert County juvenile courts.