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3334 19th St NW - Suite 202, Rochester, MN 55901   (507) 993-2708

​Copyright 2008, Enhanced Driving Institute is State Licensed and Bonded

Our Team

My passion for what EDI stands for would have little value if not for our team of instructors.  I have assembled what I like to call "The Dream Team".  Each instructor brings new challenges and perspective to the learning process.  
I have included contact information for instructors, however this should only be used for last minute scheduling changes or issues. Instructors cannot schedule driving hours over the phone, this must be done via the student portal.  For all other questions, please use our contact link above or call 507-993-2708

Adam Newbloom

Founder of EDI

I built EDI from the ground up after spending 7 years as a Deputy Sheriff and seeing the need for safer drivers on our roads. Driver's education has a poor image because so many programs are not providing the level of education your teen needs.  I care about your teen's safety and the base of education they need to lower their risk as a teen driver.

I also firmly believe a program should evolve with the new challenges drivers face. With my experience and feedback from my instructors we are always looking for ways to build stronger drivers.  Complex driving tasks like "over-steer and under-steer  become second nature for students when they understand it.  The physics of driving as well as understanding technology and its function is another important component to our program.  

We will always be your best choice because we continuously mold our program around the needs of our students and parents.  Please contact me with any questions or comments.  
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Janet Hernandez

EDI Office Administrator

Every organization needs a glue that keeps it all together, Janet is our glue.  She is smart, organized and Janet truly enjoys the contribution she makes to keep EDI running strong.  
She is your go-to person with any questions or office related needs.   Please contact her as needed.  Her office hours are Mon-Friday 8am - 12pm.

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Lisa Walls

Lead Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Lisa came to us from up north and is an amazing addition to our team.  She is a natural educator and it shines when you see her working with students.  Lisa worked in K-12 Education for many years as a band instructor.   She even taught in Kuwait!
She has a strong knowledge of vehicles and enjoys working on cars.  A great instructor to choose when signing up for lessons. When asked what her goal  as a driving instructor she said: 

" My goal as an instructor is always to teach life skills through the subject at hand. (For example: making good choices, confidence, responsibility, communication, and forward planning." 

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Alexander Paizis

Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Alexi is the guy your teen will likely see the most.  He teaches the majority of the classroom makes that experience enjoyable and thought provoking.   Starting with EDI in 2013 he has quickly found a way to build confidence with even the most hesitant student.  He is able to connect immediately with students with his upbeat personality and passion for education.  
On the road, Alexi is extremely knowledgeable about driving and has the ability to explain complex tasks into terms even the newest driver can understand.  ​ He is our Lead, he trains new instructors and sets the bar at a high level because he cares. 


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Ryan Marx

Plainview Elgin Millville School Lead Instructor

Ryan began as an instructor with EDI in Rochester and then brought our program to PEM in 2010.  The people of Plainview, Elgin, and Millville quickly learned how valuable our program was to their community.
Ryan's dedication to driver education and teen safety is why I hired him.  But he's just a great all around guy and that's why he has remained an asset to EDI since the day he started.  Ryan is a Plainview resident and cares about his community.  He is a coach and leader within the community which is why teens conintue to praise him highly for his patience and instruction in class and behind the wheel.  

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A great addition to our team! He is patient and helps students feel confident as they are building their skills.  As a car enthusiast he enjoys driving and teaching new driver's the mechanics of operating a vehicle to be safe and minimize risk on the road.   With a great personality he is ready to bring your teen to the next level in their driving skill.  

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Aaron Olson

Classroom &  Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Nate Davis

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Nate is one of those instructors that builds confidence in students the moment he sits down next to them in the car.  His calm demeanor and patient personality sets the tone right away that he cares.  He gives students plenty of detailed direction to help them achieve their goals.   Nate is one of a kind and we are very happy to have him as an instructor with EDI.  

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Jarid Smith

Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Jarid is an EDI veteran.  Being an over the road truck driver for many years he has seen his share of mistakes on the road.  His advanced training and experience gives EDI students a new perspective to sharing the road. 
Jarid also has a degree in Education and teaches within the Rochester school district.   Sign up for a lesson with Jarid and you'll see why he is a valued addition to our team. 

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Rene' Phan

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

One of our most experienced instructors, Rene' comes in with 19 years police service, he is a former college instructor working with Law Enforcement students
As a father of 3, Rene' takes pride in his work as a Driving Instructor.  

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Bob Hunskor

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Bob brings to EDI over a decade of driver's education experience.  He knows how to help teens achieve their goals and blending his experience with EDI's training philosophy and you cannot go wrong.  
Bob has been working with SE MN youth for the last 30 years and it shows with his attention to detail, patience and drive to see success in each and every student.   Bob is looking forward to seeing your road skills develop.  

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John Pereda

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

John is a great guy and instructor.  He is very knowledgable of the rules and vehicle itself and provides a fun learning atmosphere.  
We hope to keep John as an instructor for many years! 

Contact info:  john@enhanceddrivinginstitute.com


Damon Hammel

Dover/Eyota Lead Instructor

Damon is our  lead instructor in DE and we continue to receive positive feedback from both students and parents about the job he is doing.    Damon is not only a teacher for Dover Eyota High School is lives there.  So making his community safer is what brought him to EDI.   Damon works exceptionally well with the students and has quickly become a top notch instructor for EDI.  

Damon has been an excellent addition to our team and I'm confident in his ability to create a new generation of safer drivers in Dover/Eyota. 

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Our Next EDI Instructor

 Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

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