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2020 ADTSEA Nominees Biographies

PRESIDENT-ELECT NOMINEES

Joseph Barch, Vermont

I have been a total of 28 years of teaching experience, 22 of those in driver education. I currently teach at Mount MansfieId Union High School where I have taught for my entire career. I most recently started my own commercial school to assist in meeting the demand for quality driver education in Vermont. For 5 years I have co-taught two of the required classes for becoming a driver education teacher. I have always strived to be active in my profession.

I have been active in the Vermont Driver Traffic Safety Education & Association for my entire career. I have worked with in my association to by presenting at conferences and assisting with host committee activities in Vermont. I have served as President of the V.D.T.S.E.A where I helped to plan and organize conferences. I also represented  V.D.T.S.E.A before the Vermont State Legislature giving testimony on bills that were critical to traffic Safety in Vermont. I was active in representing V.D.T.S.E.A at American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association. conferences not only during my term of office but on a number of occasions where our current President could not attend the National Conference.

I am active in traffic safety beyond the State of Vermont as well. I have been an active member of A.D.T.S.E.A for 20 years, where I have given presentations at National Conferences. I have served on the Board of Directors for 6 years and serve one year on the Executive Board. In addition to my activities on the national level I have also given presentations before the New England Traffic Driver Education & Traffic Safety Association and the Maine Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association. I intend to stay active in the great field of traffic safety.

In my 22 years I have been humbled to receive a number of awards such as:

  • Governor's Highway Safety Association Education Award
  • Vermont Teacher of the Year Award
  • National Teacher of Excellence Award
  • The Jay Curtiss Award
  • The Lindsay Townsend Award

Deb Twenhafel, Illinois

 Currently Safety Coordinator for Central Dist. 301. Training new drivers, and safety procedures for current drivers.  Taught Driver Education at Burlington Central High School for 35 years.  Have been on our State IHSCDEA executive board for 21 years, holding the President position 3 terms.  Have been a member of our ADTSEA for 26 years, held the board of director position for the North Central Region in 2016.  I have received the IHSCDEA Hall of Fame Award in 2015.

 Allyn Workman, Missouri

Summary of Driver Education Experience:

 Actively involved in education for 43 years; teaching Driver Education for the Parkway-Rockwood Community Education program for the past 16 years.

  • Driver Education instructor for 20 years.
  • Missouri Driver Safety Education Association (MODSEA) member since 2005.
  • MODSEA Executive Board member 2007 - present.
  • MODSEA Teacher of the Year 2009.
  • MODSEA President 2009 - 2011.
  • ADTSEA member since 2007.
  • MODSEA Co-host for ADTSEA national conference in St. Louis, MO 2010.
  • ADTSEA Secondary Division Chairperson for ADTSEA conference since 2013.
  • Driver Education consultant working on developing a parent component for Missouri since 2014.
  • ADTSEA Board Member representing the South-Central Region since 2016.
  • ADTSEA Teacher Excellence Award recipient 2017.
  • ADTSEA Executive Board member 2017 - 2018.
  • Driver Education State Administrators/ANSTSE Symposium in Chicago, IL 2018. 

NORTH WEST REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES

 Gerald Apple, Washington

 I have been an ADTSEA member for 42 years and have been attending ADTSEA Conferences since 1977. I have been president and coordinating secretary of this association. I have served on the board four times and I am the Resolutions Chairperson. I have brought students to thirty NSSP conferences.

 Yusuf A. Quidwai, Washington

Traffic Safety Education Instructor, Business Owner

 Traffic Safety Education Experience:

  • Former Traffic Safety Education Instructor and Coordinator for the Omak School District for over 25 years
  • Current Traffic Safety Education Instructor and Coordinator for Coulee Hartline, Bridgeport School and Tonasket School Districts.
  • Assisted in the development of the Washington State TSE and teacher preparation programs at all levels. I am active at both state and local levels.
  • Currently own and operate a Traffic Safety Education business with my wife - Q Driving School (1990 to present)
  • Active WTSEA and ADTSEA member.
  • Active DOL's ESHB 1635 Implementation Task Board Member

 My Stance:

The  Traffic Safety Education Programs  are under attack from outside sources and the state funding for the programs is drying up or have  dried up.  In Short here is my stance and the reasons I'm asking you for your vote and support.

  1. To bring the TSE program and its funding back to the public schools. (A lofty goal, but nevertheless my number one goal as it is the only place where every child has an equal opportunity to gain exposure and reinforcement of good driving skills and habits regardless of socioeconomic status)
  2. To protect the integrity of the TSEA programs across the country as we have come to know and practice in our teaching.
  3. To provide and assist the ADTSEA members and TSE educators in compliance with the state laws that impact their teaching and programs.
  4. To provide meaningful/impactful in-services and clock hours that assist instructors in meeting certification requirements.
  5. To provide a good working relationship between the Department of Licensing (DOL) and commercial schools.

Note: I was selected in my state (Washington State )by the DOL to be on the ESHB 1635 Task Board to ensure that DOL, commercial schools and public schools can all work in harmony when this bill goes into effect.  You can read more about it on the WTSEA and WA. DOL website. ADTSEA is playing a big role in this work.

 I look forward to visiting with you all at the conference and getting your feedback.  I hope that you're all staying healthy and safe near your homes for the time being. 

 NORTH CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES

 Darin Bardal, North Dakota

 Education

Driver and Traffic Safety Endorsement, Minot State University 2005

Bachelor of Science Degree Education, Minot State 1996-2000

Associate of Arts Degree, Williston State College 1994-1996

 Relevant Experience

            Teaching

                        West Fargo Public Schools Driver Education instructor 2006-current

                        Divide County High School Teacher-2000-2005

             Coaching

                        Assistant Girls High School West Fargo United Hockey 2007-current

                        Middle School Track Coach West Fargo 2010-current

                        9th Grade and Middle School football coach West Fargo 2006-2018

                        Assistant Varsity football coach Divide County 2000-2004

                        Assistant Varsity track coach Divide County 2000-2005

                        Babe Ruth Baseball Coach Minot-2000, 2003,2004

           State Driver Education Representative

                        Southeast Region Representative NDDTSEA   2013-2019

             State Present Elect

                        NDDTSEA President Elect 2019

           Teacher of Excellence

                        ADTSEA Teacher of Excellence 2019

 Jennifer Sletten, Minnesota

Education

Business Education Licensure, Winona State University, 2020

Driver and Traffic Safety Licensure, St. Cloud State University, 2011

Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 2009

Bachelor of Arts Degree in History, Moorhead State University, 2000

Relevant Experience

Teaching

Rothsay Public School Driver Education Instructor 2013-14, 2019-Current

Fergus Falls Community Education Drive Education Instructor 2011-Current

Rothsay Public High School Teacher 2016 - Current

Underwood Public High School Teacher 2012 - 2015

           Board Representative

                        Minnesota Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (MDTSEA)

                                    Region 7 State Representative 2012 - 2013

                                    President-Elect 2013 - 2015

                                    State President 2015 - 2019

                                    Past-President 2019 - Current

                                    State Conference Coordinator 2019 - Current

                        ADTSEA

                                    North Central Board Representative 2018-2020

                                    Executive Board Representative         2019-2020 

NORTH EAST REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEE

 Roderick C. Hull, New Hampshire

Work Experience

I have taught new Driver Education Teachers and Keens State in NH since 2009 in the Certification Program. I think all states should follow the National Standards. Students need to be given the skills needed to help them become the safest driver they can be. In 2015, I had the honor of receiving the Teacher of Excellence Award. I have been teaching at many different levels for most of my adult life. While employed at Woodsville High School and SAU-23 for 10years in NH, I was employed as the Technology Integration Specialist for town years. As part of the position, I helped Teachers learn how to use Technology in the classroom. I also worked with Elementary Students grades 1-6 in learning computer skills that would help them prepare for the future. I taught two computer classes, Advanced Multimedia and Computers and Advanced Computer Applications at Woodsville High School.

 My approach to Driver Education is that I believe there is so much more to teaching students to drive than teaching them to pass a license test at the DMV. Risk Prevention Curriculum. I care about each and every student that I have in my class and want to give skills to keep them safe for the rest of their lives on our roadways.

  SOUTH WEST REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEES

 Genny Claxton, California

 I would be proud to represent the ADTSEA Southwest Region again.

•      Owner/operator/instructor for Empire Driving School

•      CASE (California Association of Safety Education) President and Post President

•      Mother, grandmother, and dog mom

 

Tom Prefling, Arizona

U-Haul International

Director, Internal Communications

 Tom Prefling has more than 46 years of experience in communications, training and development, multimedia, video and film production, and production management. He is the director of Internal Communications for U-Haul International, and has worked for U-Haul for more than 24 years. His areas of responsibility include, internal communications, business publications, news publications, fulfilment services and U-Haul University, the company's accredited online eLearning. Tom also developed curricula and taught video and multimedia production and production management for 12 years in the Maricopa Community College District, one of the largest community college districts in the U.S. 

 

Tom has been a corporate member of ADTSEA since 2009, representing U-Haul International, Inc., and its Safe Trailering Program. Tom has coordinated Safe Trailering Rodeos for the annual NSSP/ADTSEA conferences and at state and regional driver ed and safety conferences.

Tom was a corporate representative on the ADTSEA Executive Committee for six years and represents U-Haul as a corporate sponsor of NSSP.

Tom is also a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Tom has a BA in English literature from the University of Arizona and a master's degree in film education from the University of Southern California. 

Tom is an experienced presenter at state, regional and conferences. 

 SOUTH CENTRAL REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEE

 Carol Hoorman, Missouri

 Hoormann retired from teaching driver education at Lindbergh High School in 2015 after 16 years where she provided instruction in the classroom as well as behind-the-wheel.  Currently she teaches summer driver education through the Parkway/Rockwood District's Community Education program.  She also teaches a parent program to increase awareness about the GDL for the State of Missouri's First Impact Program.

 Carol has been the executive director of the Missouri Driver and Safety Education Association (MODSEA) since 2006 and served as the co-chair of the national ADTSEA conference that was held in St. Louis in 2010.  Hoormann was recognized as the MODSEA Teacher of the Year in 2013 and recognized with the Teacher Excellence Award (TEA) in 2014.

 Hoormann is active in the driver education community as she works to improve driver safety by serving on committees for the Missouri Department of Transportation which works to reduce highway fatalities and increase traffic safety education in the St. Louis area. 

 Hoormann is married to Kevin and they have two children.  In her spare time she likes to golf and travel.

 SOUTH EAST REGION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NOMINEE

 Michael R. Jones, Sr., North Carolina

 Graduated from East Forsyth High School, Kernersville, NC in June 1983. Attended Davidson College, Davidson, NC; 3 year letterman in football. Graduated June 1988 with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish. I have taught in the NC Public school system for 29 years as a Spanish/English teacher. During the 20 year span I have either coached football, golf, track and field, and served as Athletic Director. The past 9 years I have been a Drivers Education Coordinator/Instructor - Classroom and Behind the Wheel. Married to Melissa Small Jones for 25 years and we have two sons: Michael, Jr. - 20 years old and Myles - 18 years old.