700H Lake Street, Suite D
Ramsey NJ, 07446
Meet Our Team
Michael Branagh (Owner) is in his tenth year teaching in Mahwah. In addition to teaching, he is also the head boys' basketball coach and freshman football coach. Currently, he lives in Mahwah with his wife, Michelle and three sons. His goal is to create a positive experience for all new drivers and their families.
Mike Tremblay is a veteran Mahwah teacher and coach who brings the same admirable work ethic he possesses in the classroom to the car. Mike is extremely patient and and has a great rapport with teenage students, as he is raising three of his own. It's a true honor to have this Mahwah legend as part of our company.
Dan Royce is a special education teacher at Ramsey High School, volunteer basketball coach in Mahwah and is working on his Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision at Ramapo College. He has the ability to connect with his students and build their confidence by keeping them calm and composed behind the wheel.
Brandon Eldridge, a Midland Park native and Ramapo College graduate, teaches physical education teacher in Fort Lee, In addition to teaching, Brandon is also the head freshman baseball coach at Northern Highlands HS and is the Director of Midland Park Summer Recreation.
James "Jim" Dalessio, a middle school English teacher at Ramapo Ridge Middle School in Mahwah is also the bowling coach at Mahwah High School. On his spare time, he thoroughly enjoys being outdoors, hiking and visiting his country house in update NY. He lives in Suffern with his wife and daughter.
Bill Checkley is a life-long Ramsey resident and teacher's aide at Smith School in Ramsey. His kind and friendly personality allows his to put students at ease. He structures his lessons to ensure that even the most timid of drivers feel comfortable and confident.
Diana Remo, mother of two Mahwah teenagers, is a valued member of our staff for her patient, friendly and gentle nature. Being a mother of teenagers allows Diana to relate very well with our students. She knows how eager her own students were to begin driving and therefore makes every effort to start and complete her students as soon as possible. Her efficiency and ability to put new drivers at ease make her a valued member of our staff.
Jamie Doyle, longtime Mahwah resident and father of 3, is an excellent coach both on the field and behind the wheel. Jaime was the youth football commission in Mahwah for years and is currently the recreation baseball director. He has established lifelong relationships with families in town and is respected by all. He has firsthand knowledge of the teen driving process after teaching his two oldest children. Jaime is a patient, reassuring and motivating instructor who we are fortunate to have on staff.
Amanda Rutta, a lifelong resident of Hawthorne and Montclair State University graduate, teaches physical education at Tisdale Elementary School in Ramsey. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and staying active.
Pete Tiernan, a Waldwick resident and father of five treats each student as his own. He is a retired HoHoKus police officer and is therefore extremely knowledgeable in the areas of law and safety which makes his a valuable asset to our team.
Theresa Mielnicki, a Fair Lawn High School teacher has been in the classroom for the past 20 years instructing Physical Education, Health and Driver's Ed. She is a "Share the Keys" facilitator for the State of NJ, works with the NJAHPERD Driver Education Committee and is a BLS/CPR instructor. Her extensive knowledge of the rules and regulations and her ability to utilize these aspects to address all learning styles as well as her sense of humor puts her students at ease both in the classroom and on the road. She focuses on ensuring her students develop driving behaviors and practices to keep them safe throughout their life. In addition, her extracurricular activities include being a NJSIAA volleyball official, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.
Bill Ponte, an Indian Hills graduate, holds a CDL license in addition to his driving instructor license and has years of driving experience. He has operated tractor trailers, buses and heavy equipment. Upon retirment, he now works for us full time. Having twin daughters in high school, he is familiar with the probationary license as well as relating to teenagers drivers.