Instructors

HDS Truck Driving Institute employs only experienced and professional drivers as instructors, who are licensed by the State. Our instructors are accomplished over-the-road professional drivers and have practiced what they preach. These dedicated professionals receive on-going training in various teaching techniques to ensure the hundreds of students we train each year receive a first-rate education. We continuously study and evaluate student outcomes and institutional goal achievement and use these to improve our efforts for our students, staff, employers, and the community

Site Manager | CDL Instructor

Tim Kernstein

Retired Airman – 22 years of Service

Experience

  • 3 years with HDS
  • 1 year over the road
  • 22 years – fireman truck (class A & Class B license)

Certifications

  • Fire Instructor I-II-III
  • Haz-Mat Train the Trainer
  • Over 4,000 Hours of classroom & hands-on training
“I enjoy knowing I had a small part in helping a student change their lives.”

CDL Instructor

Ligata Dzevad

Experience

  • 5 years as a driver, 15 years as an instructor
  • 1 year running OTR, 5 years dedicated local driver, Traffic Survival School instructor, Defensive Driving School instructor, 3rd party license provider & instructor for D & G class

Certifications

  • CVTA Level 4 Senior Master Instructor
  • CVTA Level 4 Certified Safety Instructor
  • Class A CDL (endorsements T, P, X, S)
  • Competitive Government Partnership Training for Instructors Class D, G, A, B, C, and P
  • Competitive Government Partnership for CDL Examiners Class A, B, C, P, D, and G
  • AZ Department of Transportation training for 3rd party license training provider class D and G
  • Member of Arizona Trucking Association
  • Member of Highway Watch in Arizona
  • Arizona National Safety
  • Member of Commercial Vehicle Training Associ
  • Numerous Safe Driving Awards
“Teaching makes a difference with visible results. This is not only a job, this is enjoyment. I enjoy demonstrating my knowledge and then transferring that to students.”

CDL Instructor

Dan Schlegel

Experience

  • 27 years with HDS
  • Over 20 years OTR and local trucking hauling cars, frozen products, and dry freight in the 48 states and Canada

Certifications

  • Licensed AZ CDL Instructor Since 1993
  • Licensed AZ CDL Examiner for Commercial Trucks and Buses Since 1997
  • CVTA Trained and Certified
  • Numerous Safe Driving Awards
“I enjoy working with a diverse group of people who are motivated and interested in changing their lives and improving themselves by entering the trucking industry. Also seeing the students improve through the program and knowing myself and my fellow instructors have helped them become safe and productive drivers while enabling them to make an excellent income.”

CDL Instructor

Luisa Kirkbride

Experience

  • 17 years with HDS
  • Drove OTR in 48 states and Canada, class B trucks and bus in AZ and Colorado, helped develop bilingual CDL program for HDS, CDL instructor in Colorado

Certifications

  • Certificate of Outstanding Teaching Skills
  • Accident Prevent Training Certification
  • Defensive Driving Certification
  • Smith System Certification
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Passenger Relations
  • Master Instructor CVTA
  • Class A CDL (Endorsements T, P, X, S)
  • Competitive Government Partnership for Instructors Class D, G, A, B, C, and P
  • Member of Arizona Trucking Association
  • Highway Watch in Arizona
“I love interacting with my students and helping them understand the content of any course. I feel that I am making a difference and it gives me a deep sense of purpose. It brings value and meaning to my life. I know the job that I do can have an impact on the lives of my students throughout all of their years of driving and beyond.”

CDL Instructor

Stephen Chasimba

Experience

  • 13 year with HDS
  • 2 years over the road
  • 13 years local pick up & delivery

Certifications

  • Certified 3rd party examiner with ADOT
  • Master CVTA Certification
  • Certified Instruction & Examiner Class A, B, D, G, & Class B Passenger Vehicles
“Witnessing the transformation of our students from learners to graduate as professional truck drivers and having been part of the team that has made it possible for our students that gives me the greatest satisfaction.”

CDL Instructor

Bob Bartoszek

Experience

  • 9 years with HDS
  • 34 years OTR & regional

Certifications

  • CVTA Master Instructor
  • CVTA Certified Safety Professional
“I enjoy seeing the finished product of a student obtaining their CDL.”

CDL Instructor

Jerry Blankenship

Experience

  • 7 years with HDS
  • 14 year over the road

Certifications

  • Class A CDL
  • Tankers (Hazmat) Passenger Endorsement

CDL Instructor

Hector Lopez

Experience

  • Since 2005
  • 30 years OTR trucking, 12 years of hazmat trucking, over
  • 14 years OTR as a mentor

Certifications

  • Tank Discharge Training
  • OSHA Training & ASHA Training for Mining Facilities
  • Homeland Security for Hazmat Training
“I enjoy meeting new students, teaching them of new career opportunities to make a new life, to watch them succeed in this career of trucking.”

CDL Instructor

Sam Daubert

Experience

  • Graduated from HDS in 2016, 3 years OTR

Certifications

  • Class A CDL
  • Endorsements(Double, Triples, Tankers)
“I enjoy working with students every day, meeting new people very week and showing new students how to be safe drivers. Giving verbal and hands-on instruction to my students as well as telling them my own experiences behind the wheel helps to train great drivers. I love the fact that I get to help students create a better life for themselves through the great opportunity that is truck driving.”

CDL Instructor

Michael J. Battoe

Experience

  • Flatbed loads, double drop trailers, stretch trailers, RGN trailers, multi-axle trailers, over dimensional freight, super-specialized freight/DOD/Boeing/SpaceX Gulfstream

Certifications

  • OSHA (36-Hour Course)
  • Rough Terrain Forklift
  • Loaders
  • Bulldozers
  • Safety Trainers
“I believe an individual needs to understand the vehicle and equipment before performing the full driving experience. After all my years of OTR with several different trucks and trailers, I feel there is so much to teach to ensure safety and success. To demonstrate, teach, and watch individuals grow with knowledge and confidence is rewarding as well as fulfilling to me.”
CALL TODAY TO GET STARTED

Ready for a more exciting career? Ready to go places? Ready to make more money? Call 877.205.2141 to find out how soon you can get started. One of our advisors will walk you through the process of obtaining your CDL and explain how we can help you become a professional truck driver.

HDS TUCSON

6251 S. Wilmot Road Tucson, AZ 85756

877.205.2141

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