Cantor’s Driving School Instructors

Cantor’s Driving School’s Experienced, Expert Instructors

Cantor’s Driving School instructors are the very best in the area. With backgrounds that include teaching and police work, our instructors know how teens, adults and seniors learn to drive, so we customize our teaching approaches to our students. All Cantor’s Driving School instructors have clean driving records, child abuse clearances, have passed criminal background checks and been FBI fingerprinted. Over half of Cantor’s Driving School instructors are off-duty or retired police officers.

After all, we’ve taught over 50,000 people how to drive in our 30 years of being a top driving school in the Delaware Valley area.

All Instructors Are Pennsylvania State-Certified

Every Cantor’s Driving School instructor is certified by the State of Pennsylvania, a rigorous process that includes submission of extensive documentation proving credibility of qualifications and character, including:

  • Applicant’s original Three-Year Driving Abstract from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Applicant’s original Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • A copy of the Applicant’s Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Public Welfare
  • Applicant’s FBI Fingerprint Information
  • A copy of Applicant’s valid Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate, showing certification in Driver and Safety Education, if requesting exemption from the theoretical and practical examinations
  • A list of names, addresses and daytime telephone numbers of three persons serving as character references for the applicant, none of whom are related to the applicant or are in any way connected to the school in which the applicant is seeking employment
  • A recent photograph of the applicant
  • Notarized application and licensing fee
  • Driving school owner Frank Cantor must provide a statement of employment as a driving instructor at his school
  • Certification must be renewed every year
  • Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Driver and Safety Education

Meet Our Instructors

Byron Dresner

A teacher with a State secondary school certification, Byron has a good understanding of the unique teaching strategies that help teenagers learn how to drive safely. Previously, he was a driving instructor for AAA before it closed its program. Byron often teaches at the Friend’s Central School in Wynnewood, PA, in addition to his several years at Cantor’s Driving School.

Gaetano Bosco

Gaetano has driven over 700,000 miles professionally and safely throughout the East Coast driving commercial vehicles as well as school buses in the Tri-State area for over 15 years. Gaetano has been trained in the Smith System Driving Program and uses that knowledge to produce experienced and safe drivers under the most challenging situations. Gaetano specializes in working with beginner drivers and his training program is a proven method for getting beginners out on the road safely and with the proper foundation. Gaetano is an expert at evaluating drivers and will recommend a program that will increase skill level and help build confidence. 95% of the students that follow his recommendations pass the drivers test on their first try. For over 17 years, Gaetano has been working part time as a DJ entertaining hundreds of teenagers during high school social events as well as weddings. He enjoys teaching the safety of driving to all ages and experience levels.

Tim Shay

Tim graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1984, and then worked for 25 years as a State Trooper in Chester County. In addition to his patrol duties, Tim conducted Pennsylvania driver’s exams when this function was performed by the State Police. Tim is a two-time recipient of the State Police Safe Driver Award.

Kevin Doherty

Kevin has been driving a truck professionally for the same local company for the past 14 years. He has over half a million miles of professional driving experience, including city, rural and interstate highway driving. He drives many different types of vehicles and trains new truck drivers. In his personal life, Kevin has driven across the United States of America multiple times. Kevin drove in the city of Los Angeles for six years, and has experience driving in Europe. When he’s not training drivers, Kevin still drives a truck part time. Defensive driving is his passion. Kevin’s calm and kind demeanor puts students at ease, while he still stresses the incredible responsibly every driver assumes each and every time he or she get behind the wheel. Kevin teaches safe driving techniques and tips that his students will remember and utilize for a lifetime of safe defensive driving. He is a resident of Montgomery County.

Charles Cusanno

Charles is a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper, having served over 24 years in a variety of assignments throughout the state. For over four years, he was a Defense Department Contractor, teaching High Threat Driving at the US Air Force’s Air Advisor Academy located at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey. There he taught driving skills to members of our military as part of their pre-deployment training. He was also a Police Skills Instructor for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Charles is currently working as a Criminal Investigator with a municipal police department in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Emily Brandenberger

Emily is a teacher in the Downingtown Area School District. She is also a senior faculty member at Montgomery County Community College where she has taught Communication Skills since 2002. She is a Certified PA teacher. Born and raised in Norristown, PA, Emily also has lived in Maine and Hawaii, and currently resides in Phoenixville. She loves her dogs and nephews.

Tom Nee

Tom is a retired Delaware County Police Officer with over 36 years of experience, including 25 years of instructing safety programs in the local school district. He was the administrator of the community affairs unit for over 16 years. His duties included developing and instructing driver safety programs to students, such as texting and driving, driving under the influence (DUI), and distracted driving. Tom is a certified Buckle Up Pennsylvania instructor and has taught at local police academies. He was the recipient of two awards from the Traffic Injury Prevention Project for Child Passenger Safety & Occupant Protection. Tom is also an Adjunct Instructor at Delaware County Community College, a substitute teacher and past instructor for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He is a trained EVOC operator (emergency vehicle operator course) and trained in other vehicle operating courses. Tom is a graduate of Delaware County Community College and attended St. Joseph University for secondary education. Tom knows that every student is precious cargo and will teach them how to drive safely as if they were his own family.

Shem Roldan

Shem is a Temple University Alumni with a BA in Psychology. For the past 10 years, he has excelled in account management and grant-writing. With an aptitude for creative thinking and strategy, coupled with a hands-on approach, Shem is dedicated and has a strong work ethic. He enjoys being a driving instructor because he loves seeing people grow, develop and succeed. Outside of work, his passions include watching reruns of The Office, playing basketball, and being active in his church community.

Holly Maio

Holly is a teacher with secondary school certification, and has been involved in many of school clubs. She believes in helping teens and adults learn the steps for driving successfully, along with advising and instructing the individual learner. Holly teaches at a Maryland middle school, enjoys the activities of her three teen sons, and is active in her local church. Though now she is a resident of Chester County, PA, Holly has lived at the Connecticut coast after graduating from the University of Delaware.

Steve Speckman

Steve is a long time Delaware County resident, graduating from Marple Newtown Senior High School and earning his Associate’s Degree in Business Management from Delaware County Community College. Having spent most of his career in the automotive industry, he has successfully driven 400,000 accident and violation free miles. Steve enjoys working with people of all ages, backgrounds and learning styles. As the father of a daughter with special needs, Steve brings an extremely patient and calming teaching method. This is particularly beneficial to nervous and anxious students. He understands the encouragement, patience and different learning techniques needed to successfully instruct all types of new drivers. He focuses on the needs of each individual student by identifying their strengths and eliminating their weaknesses. Through the use of many defensive driving techniques, his goal with students is to give them the confidence to be a skilled and safe driver for many years to come.

Employment for Driving Instructors

Cantor’s Driving School is always looking for good driving instructors. Call us at 610-277-1050 to inquire about current opportunities, or send an email with your resume to