Our Staff and Instructors

Meet our Staff and Instructors

We pride ourselves on having some of the best instructors in the industry. Our instructors have over 100 years of combined  experience teaching driving to help you or your teen driver succeed.

Matt Crenshaw

Matt has 20 years of experience as a Teacher and Football coach in the Richmond Area. He is currently a History teacher at Thomas Dale HS in Chesterfield and an Assistant football coach at Deep Run HS in Glen Allen. …
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Bill Metcalfe

Bill Metcalfe is married with four grown children and one grandchild……..so far. He has worked in the insurance business for over 30 years and lived in Henrico since 1989. While originally from New England, he came down here to attend…
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Diane Jones

Diane is a Health and PE teacher at Short Pump Middle School and also an online PE Teacher for Henrico County Schools. When she isn’t teaching one of those classes, or at RVA Driving Academy, she can be found hiking,…
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Chris Dunn

Chris is a graduate of Douglas S. Freeman High school and has two degrees from the University of Richmond. Upon graduation, he managed an auto parts warehouse and owned a business with his wife. He went back to Richmond and…
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Sean O’Day

A career switcher who has been in the teaching field for 20 years. Sesn relocated from North Western PA in 1997. He has taught at Patrick Henry H.S. in Ashland, Hermitage H.S and currently Deep Run. His hobbies include most…
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Les Hodges

Instructor – Les recently joined the RVA Driving Academy family after retiring from the printing business after 20 years of service.. He and his family moved to VA from OK in 2001 when they made their home here.  Les and his wife have…
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Willie Gillus

Instructor – Willie was born and raised in Suffolk.  He attended Nansemond River HS where he was a standout athlete in football.  He continued his education at Morgan State University playing tight end for the Bears, and graduated in 2017 with…
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Nicole Taylor

Instructor – Nicole and her husband, Steve, live in Hanover where she has been a full time mother of two children, Riley and Will for the past 20 years.  She is excited to join RVA and have the opportunity to…
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Tim Fenn

Instructor – Tim is a teacher at Glen Allen HS, where he helps students with credit recovery through Edgenuity. He is a former athlete, playing baseball at Virginia Tech (GO HOKIES), and presently can be found teaching behind-the-wheel and coaching…
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Sherry Edwards

DMV Forms Specialist – Sherry is a retired Health and Physical Education Teacher and coach of 30 years with Henrico County Schools. When she is not helping out in the office of the RVA Driving School in the mornings, she…
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Darlene Wilson-Thomas

Instructor – Darlene has over 40 years of Health, PE and Driver Education teaching experience. She has a passion for teaching her students to make good decisions and to utilize safe driving techniques. Darlene is retired from Richmond City Public…
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Julie Ballowe

Owner / Instructor – Julie is the new managing owner of RVA Driving Academy. She has been a Health, PE and Driver Education teacher in the Henrico County school system for 29 years, and joined RVA Driving Academy in 2016….
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Chuck Evans

Instructor – Chuck has been the backbone of RVA Driving Academy since its inception. Because of his integrity and attention to detail, RVA Driving Academy consistently passes DMV audits with zero deficiencies, and is well known in the community for…
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Fred Bibby

Instructor – Fred is a legend in Driver Education throughout the Richmond area. He probably taught your grandmother to drive. Fred is retired from Richmond City Public Schools where he taught Health, PE and Driver Education for over 40 years….
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Trilby Burt

Instructor – Trilby has been teaching Driver Education in the Richmond area since 1994. She has been teaching at RVA Driving Academy for 6 years. Trilby is often requested as an instructor and has received high praise from students and…
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Emma Loderick

Office Manager – Emma is the Office Manager at RVA Driving Academy. She is the jack of all trades and is usually the cheery voice behind our phones. Emma is a Richmond native, graduate of St. Catherine’s School and also…
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