Cantor’s Driving School Trainers

Cantor’s Driving School’s Experienced, Expert Trainers

Cantor’s Driving School trainers are the very best in Maricopa County Arizona. All trainers know how teens and adults learn to drive, so we customize our teaching approaches to our students. All Cantor’s Driving School trainers have clean driving records, have passed criminal background checks and been fingerprinted.

All Cantor’s Driving School trainers are Arizona state-certified.

Cantor’s Driving School has taught over 100,000 people how to drive – The Driving School That Gets Results®

Employment for Driving Trainers

Cantor’s Driving School is always looking for good driving trainers. Call us at 480-482-1900 to inquire about current opportunities, or send an email with your resume to

Meet Our Driving Trainers

Kathleen Hardison

Kathleen was born and raised in Glendale, but currently resides in Peoria. She is married and has 3 step-children and 2 granddaughters. Kathleen left Glendale at 18 to travel across country to seek new adventures. Kathleen worked in the medical field for 15 years, from the American Red Cross where she trained new employees to Dialysis where she taught her patients how to perform dialysis and take care of themselves. At age 35 she joined the US Army and was stationed at 286th Signal Company, 11th Brigade, 3rd Army at Fort Bliss, Texas where she was the NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of training for 250 soldiers. With her passion for training, she has been a certified behind the wheel driving trainer, teaching well over 7,000 teenagers and adults for the last 10 years in Maricopa County. She teaches students how to drive, including defensive techniques to keep them safe on the road. She has attended over 1,000 hours of defensive driving and drivers education courses.

Stephanie Burdick

Stephanie is a former kindergarten teacher, accountant, and has an Associate’s Degree in Law. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where she taught kindergarten. After moving to Phoenix, she took a job in the accounting field and stayed in that profession for 20 years. Her interest in teaching always remained strong, and now giving driving lessons allows her to return to a job where she can instruct and interact with students once again. Stephanie is dedicated, passionate, patient and friendly. She enjoys organizing various group activities and continuing education.

Lisa Mikelat

Lisa is from Wilmington, Delaware. She attended Delaware Technical and Community College were she earned an Associates Degree in Applied Science (Criminal Justice), a certification in Medical Billing and Coding, and another as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Later she joined the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She is married, and has 2 children, 2 dogs and 2 cats. She has earned numerous certifications in Psychological First Aid, Children’s Sexual Abuse and Prevention, Certified Emergency Response Team, Search and Rescue to name a few. Lisa now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Kathleen Mundo

Kathleen was born and raised in southwestern Michigan. She earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music performance. She continued in education to receive certification in K-12 music, K-8 all subjects, and a Specialist degree in Educational Leadership. Kathleen has taught music, band, choir, as well as working as a reading specialist, at-risk coordinator and K-12 assistant principal. She moved to Arizona with her husband, daughter, son, and pug in July 2017, and worked as an Instructional Support Specialist in Phoenix. Currently, during the weekdays, she works as a teacher for a middle school behavior program in Buckeye. She enjoys watching movies with her family, swimming, and drinking coffee.

Rachelle Sanchez

Rachelle was born in California, and her family moved to Arizona when she was 2 years old. She is a graduate of North Canyon High School in Phoenix and lived in Germany for 3 years. Rachelle is a wife and mother of 4 wonderful children and her family has 3 dogs. She has a passion for learning and teaching, including working as a daycare teacher and many positions where she was teaching new employees to be successful. She has a diverse work background, including owning her own recording studio, having a health insurance license and attending real estate school. She studied martial arts for 8 years and earned a black belt in Okinawan Karate.

Jeff Blythe

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jeff’s passion for driving began at an early age and has continued to shape his life. During his sophomore year at San Jose State University, Jeff realized he’d be much happier behind the wheel than behind a desk, so upon completion of a nine-month intensive training program offered by Sage Truck Driving Institute, Jeff earned his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with doubles, triples, tanker and hazmat endorsements. He then spent the next decade and a half employed as a commercial truck driver, before opting to call it quits in order to spend more time with his family. He has since put his skills and experience to work as a Lead Driving Instructor for Waymo (Google’s self-driving vehicle project) and as a Fleet Operations Specialist and Transportation Network Company (TNC) Lead Driver for Hertz. Jeff has been involved in competitive motorsports for a long time. As a member of Arizona Corvette Racing, he serves as both driver and in-car instructor. With a highly advanced driving skill set coupled with an extremely safety-conscious mindset, he’s a top notch driving trainer.

Chris Douglas

Chris lived in Southern California until 2007 where he was a private investigator for an insurance fraud investigation company. In 2007, Chris and his family moved to Arizona and he started his career as a driving school trainer. Chris has been a driving trainer in Arizona for over 13 years. He enjoys teaching his students the driving skills they will use for the rest of their lives. Chris has been married for over 25 years and has one son, three daughters, and one granddaughter. On his days off Chris enjoys watching movies with his family, watching sports, and playing video games with his family.

Christina Tanis

Christina was born and raised in Seattle, WA where she met her husband of 20 plus years and developed a love for teaching. She has taught kindergarten through 12th grade in all subjects. She has found her specialty is working with preteens in the classroom, teaching 7th grade math and working to teach young drivers to learn how to drive. Her first job after moving to Arizona was as a drivers education teacher which is where she discovered her love for teaching students to drive. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a specialty in math and has worked other jobs including sales, photography, and cook at home meal preps. She moved to Arizona in 2012 for sunshine and good health. She has 2 children and a couple dogs and bunnies. In her spare time, she spends time tending a healthy backyard garden, loves to bake treats, craft on her circuit and hang outside in the sunshine with her family.

Scott Walker

Scott grew up in upstate New York, graduating from High School in 1981. Scott enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served for 22 years with numerous operational assignments including Infantryman, Drill Sergeant, Recruiter, NCO Academy Instructor, and Training NCO. After retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant, he moved to the Phoenix area to work as a Senior Tax Analyst. Scott then formed Bottomed Out Entertainment as an independent film production company that specializes in screenwriting. Scott has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at UOP. Scott enjoys using his 40 years of driving experience and 30 years of training skills to teach new drivers.

David Wright (Speaks English and Spanish)

David was born in Ohio, and raised between Montgomery County, Maryland and Alexandria, Virginia. He moved to Arizona in 2014. As a certified electrician, he was always intrigued with energy and how things worked, so he began building off grid cabins. He started teaching others how build these cabins and found his new passion in teaching others. He became a road supervisor for Valley Metro, teaching professional operators how to drive buses. Safety is always in the forefront of his teaching methods. He finds it rewarding to watch others learn and grow into good drivers. He is married with three sons. His hobbies include camping, riding motorcycles, archery, and building cabins, which he does with his family.

Janet Warrenburg

Janet is a 4th generation Santa Barbara native, where she married, raised her family and worked in the grocery industry in the Central Coast for 20 plus years. During that time she made the decision to leave the workforce to homeschool all 5 of her children for several years. She then returned to the grocery workforce in the early 2000s. after a labor strike, she decided to pursue her next professional career as a certified school bus driver. “Miss Jan”,as her students affectionately called her, devoted nearly 20 years to the transportation department working with the very rewarding Exceptional Student Services (ESS) program, getting certified yearly in CPR and first aid.

During the early 2000s Janet wanted to check off a bucket list item, so she completed the Motorcycle Safety Program and rode her Harley-Davidson Heritage motorcycle for 10 years. In 2018 she made the decision to move to Arizona, following several of her children. Upon her arrival she decided to swap her Harley for a Mustang, checking off yet another item on that bucket list, and continued the now well-established family tradition of car enthusiasts attending car cruises and car show events in the Valley. In her spare time, Janet enjoys camping, researching health topics, movies with family, walking her dog and visiting her other adult children in California, Oregon and Utah.

Saran P

Saran was born and raised in Philadelphia, growing up an avid Philly sports fan, and played sports all through high school. After graduating in 1991, Saran helped his father with his auto glass business, until he was hired by the School District of Philadelphia as a school bus driver, later switching over to Facilities Management as a building engineer. Saran graduated from the Philadelphia Police Academy and began his law enforcement career in patrol, before transferring over to the Narcotics division, retiring in 2022. Saran is married and has a daughter, and has two French bulldogs. He moved with his family to Gilbert and worked for High Gate Hotels as a Transportation Manager primarily for the Crowne Plaza Hotel, along with the Holiday Inn North located in vicinity of Sky Harbor Airport. Saran and his wife recently bought a house in San Tan Valley, where he loves spending time with his family and traveling. His hobbies include weight training, aand hiking in the cooler months.

Sydnee Daughtery

Sydnee was born and raised in Arizona and resides in Peoria. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education. She is currently a 9th and 10th grade high school English teacher. Teaching is her passion in life and being a driving instructor allows her to continue pursuing that passion. She always found driving to be an important skill and wants to help new drivers gain confidence in themselves and their driving abilities. She is newly married; she and her husband have a cat and a French bulldog. In her free time she loves to read and spend time with her family and friends.

Craig Schnyder

Craig is originally from the Midwest and is now a longtime resident of Arizona. Before becoming a driving trainer, he was a successful mortgage loan officer for over 20 years. Craig is a genuine, kind, patient, and compassionate teacher. Craig’s two children both recently graduated from college. When they were younger he spent much of his time coaching their youth sports teams. In his free time, Craig enjoys playing golf and pickleball with his wife. He is a car enthusiast who likes classic muscle cars and hot rods.

Employment for Driving Trainers

Cantor’s Driving School is always looking for good driving trainers. Call us at 480-482-1900 to inquire about current opportunities, or send an email with your resume to