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-Licensed

Every Cantor’s Driving School instructor is licensed 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 license 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
  • License must be renewed every year
  • Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education, Driver and Safety Education

Meet Our Instructors

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.

Emily Brandenberger

Emily is a senior faculty member at Montgomery County Community College where she has taught Communication Skills since 2002. 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 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.

Tom Firchow

Tom has been teaching students to drive for years. Starting back with his own daughters, and with all of his students, Tom instills safety-first instincts and defensive driving skills to keep student drivers safe and aware.

Tom’s ability to help student drivers of all skill levels to learn, prepare and pass their Pennsylvania Driver License exams make him an excellent instructor. His patience and confidence building techniques put students at ease to make their driving enjoyable. Tom says, “I’m so happy to see my students learn and enjoy their new driver experience. It’s gratifying and rewarding when they see how easy it is to parallel park too!”

Tom has his Private Driver Training Teacher certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is also a PennDOT Certified Driver Skills Examiner from the Pennsylvania Bureau of Driver Licensing. In his past, Tom had been a private executive driver, Uber driver for 4 years with 5 star ratings, and professional chauffeur. He is proficient driving automatic and manual transmissions, and has driven sedans, limousines, stretch-limos, SUVs, stretch SUVs, and 12 passenger buses.

Dan Stumpf

Dan is a retired PA State Trooper with over 26 years on the job before retiring. After that, he worked for a Chester County Police Department as a Police Officer and currently works as a Police Officer in a local Chester County school. He concurrently works for Cantor’s Driving School teaching new drivers to drive defensively and safely. Dan has been hand-on with many situations as a Trooper and Police Officer ranging from homicides, suicides, crashes, and various crimes/complaints. He cares about teaching safe driving skills and the students he teaches. Dan resides in Chester County and is a father of two children.

Sean Murrin

Sean is currently a Police Officer in Bucks County. His experience includes foot patrol,routine traffic stops, and patrolling the local establishments in the area. He also has vast experience in Traffic & Accident investigation. Prior to 2007, Sean was an officer and detective with the Coatesville Police Department assisting with homicides and narcotic investigations. Sean has three children and taught his son to drive, passing his test on the first try. Sean is a resident in Delaware County.

Joe Heavey

Joe is a life long Delaware County resident who resides in Broomall. He is a former Marple-Newtown school bus instructor who holds a Commercial Driver License (CDL) with various endorsements. Joe has been teaching driving for over 12 years in the area. Joe is a former martial arts instructor who taught students of all ages how to deal with focusing on life while teaching self confidence and respect. Joe loves to teach students of all ages. His laid back but firm style are a winning combination that both parents and students appreciate. He is married with two children and four grandchildren.

Adam Sanborne

Adam has 26 years of experience behind the wheel of an automobile. A graduate of West Chester East High School, Adam has spent a lot of time on the roads in Chester County. He also gained crucial experience driving in cities as a resident of “every car for itself” Boston and “how many cars can we fit on this freeway” Los Angeles. With a degree in music, Adam has also taught music production and engineering. He has two children in elementary school in Downingtown, PA where he resides.

Nathan Carr

A life-long resident of Chester County, Nathan has been driving for well over 30 years, logging well over 1 million miles as a representative of Herr’s. He has always taken pride in being a top driver and earning the safety badge at Herr’s. Nathan has an easy demeanor and lots of patience; he loves teaching safe driving to all levels of driving students. He has a daughter who is a recent high school graduate and he is a resident of Chester County.


Meet Our Certified PA Road Test Examiners

Albert Giampietro

Charles Graham

David Orloff

Cameron Thompson

Heather Williams

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