Ed Taylor - Owner
Administrator and Owner of Taylor Driving Schools. Over 30 years in the transportation sector and 2.1 million miles without a preventable accident. 20 plus years OTR company driver. Other positions held before opening Taylor include owner operator, trainer, accident and driver retention committee member. Numerous safe driver and logbook compliance awards. (on the left below)
Melissa Pace - Administrator
Melissa, our assistant administrator started as a student here at Taylor Driving Schools about 2 years ago. She is one of the very few to get 100% on her vehicle inspection part of the WA State skills test. She is still the original Vehicle Inspection Specialist due to the fact she got 100% on that section of her skills test but also because she was the Vehicle Inspections instructor for about a year after getting her CDL. Since then she has been the Office Manager here at the TDS, where she takes care of all the office duties as well as help our students look into potential employers and graduate with at least an interview if not a job before they take their skills test or very quickly afterwards. She also fills in to help with training as well as the go-to person for those struggling with the vehicle inspections. When shes not busy containing the mass of paperwork and helping find students jobs or interviews, Melissa enjoys working in the garden, and making gnome gardens, she also enjoys making vintage silverware crafts like jewelry and wind chimes all while enjoying an original Monster energy drink
Randy Mann - Training Manager and Weekday Supervisor
Randy, obtained his CDL back in 1990, is experienced driving tankers, dry vans, flatbed and step decks. He has driven in all 48 Continental U.S. States including the oil fields in North Dakota and Alaska. He was a owner/operator for most of his career. His company, Wind River Transportation, Inc had 14 trucks, 18 trailers and 7 owner/operators. He was a driver for ATS trucking which transported fuel; Harmack Trucking, John Henry Transport and is now the Training Manager at Taylor Driving Schools.
Ross - Training Lead and Weekend Supervisor
Ross, began driving box vans in the late 1980's as a warehouse manager. In the 1990's he became an owner/operator of multiple dump trucks for his business Dig. He owned Mack, Kenworth, Ford and GMC trucks during that time, he trained multiple people with his equipment to obtain their CDL and be employed with his company. He drove fuel tanker to transport fuel to his hometown of Vashion Island, Washington. In 2019 Ross relocated to Mount Vernon, Washington and is now the the Training Lead and Weekend Supervisor.
Abi - Main Office Rep
Abi is still home recovering from her broken ankle but are anxiously awaiting her return.
She is doing well and expect to see her very soon, boot, scooter and all!!
Norm Jenkins - Instructor
Norm has been a commercial driver since 1973 as well as an instructor for almost 2.5 years with a little over 1 of which has been here at Taylor Driving Schools. Norm is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and hes very good at what he does here at Taylor Driving School. He has helped many students become truckers over the years and we appreciate that immensely. Norm is another one of our more experienced drivers and because of that he is able to do his job very well and his students are always great full
Dave Dewey - Instructor
As an instructor here at Taylor Driving Schools, Dave Dewey has surpassed the average length here at TDS by about 20 years for a total of roughly 50 years CDL experience! Dave has right around 5,000,000 miles without a preventable accident, in which hes seen some pretty wild things. The most crazy of which was a very oversize load that had 32 axles under it and 140 tires touching the road all while being pushed by 2 push vehicles to help with the extreme weight of the load. Out of all the vehicles Dave has driven over the years, his most favorite would be the 1996 Kenworth W900h. When hes not busy here training at the school, you can usually find Dave at home relaxing and spending time with family or doing chores around the house. You may also find him at home cooking up some BBQ and other smoked meats all while enjoying his favorite drink, diet Pepsi.