Our Staff | Defensive Driving School

J.C. Fawcett – Owner and Instructor

JC has been teaching Traffic Safety since 1997. He’s also a private pilot. He’s married with two daughters and a son. He enjoys coaching his kid’s soccer teams and playing pickleball with his family.

Bridget Johns – Administrator and Instructor

Bridget joined Defensive Driving School in 2001. She and her husband have four boys (one deceased) and two girls. She enjoys reading, traveling, and volunteering at the Paramount Theatre. She has a BA in English and TESOL certificate from Western Washington University. She began teaching English overseas in 1995 and loves working with young people.

Brett Fawcett – Marketing Director and Instructor

Brett does all the graphic design and marketing for the company. His latest project was the full color student workbook and is currently working on putting the classroom presentations in Flash. He and his wife Katie love spending time with their five kids Jackson, Weston, Bennett, Gia, and Brooks. Brett graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Music in 2002.

Katie Fawcett – Human Resources Director

Katie is originally from West Linn, Oregon. She grew up in a large family of ten children. She enjoys dancing, music, sewing, photography, and spending time with her family and friends. She was married to her husband Brett in 2007. They have five kids: Jackson, Weston, Bennett, Gia, and Brooks. Katie received her undergraduate degree in finance from Brigham Young University in 2006. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Seattle University in 2009.

Kristal Andersen – Instructor Manager

Kristal handles all the instructor and class schedules.  She enjoys spending time with her husband James and son Ethan.  She graduated from BYU in 1999.

Larry Pierce – Lake Stevens Owner

Larry has been teaching at Defensive Driving School since 2002. He enjoys motorcycle trips, hunting, jet-skiing, and going to Seahawk games. Go Hawks!

Sue – Instructor

Sue has been with Defensive Driving School in Lake Stevens since 2004. Sue and Larry are married and have three children, who have all learned to drive defensively with Defensive Driving School. She enjoys reading, traveling, Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with her grandkids.

Jason Pierce – Lake Stevens Administrator, Instructor

With 15+ years experience in driver training and 7+ years as a Master Examiner, I really enjoy that “aha! moment” that allows a student of any age, background, or skill level to succeed. I’m excited when I see students develop the habits that will keep them safe on the roads.

Carol Howie – Lead Instructor

Carol has been with Defensive Driving School since 1989. She enjoys teaching in the classroom and also behind the wheel. Carol is one of our National Safety Council defensive driving course instructors and holds a teaching degree from the University of Washington. She loves reading historical fiction and spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She teaches out of our Kirkland (Yarrow Point) location.

Verla Douge – Lead Instructor

Verla is the mother of five grown children and has been married to her husband Richard for nearly two thirds of her life. She has experience with the Mukilteo School District as a teacher’s aid in the special education program. Verla started teaching driver’s education in 1998 and has been with Defensive Driving School since 2000. She enjoys teaching the teenagers and meeting the adults that come here from all over the world to learn to drive. Verla teaches out of our Lynnwood 196th location.

Gayan Pillai – Lead Instructor

Gayan started teaching Driver Education in 1996 and joined Defensive Driving School in 2005, teaching out of our Kent location. He also teaches the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving Course. Gayan served as the Instructor Representative for the Department of Licensing’s Driver Training Schools’ Advisory Committee. He is an Instructor Trainer, WA State Certified Master Examiner qualified to provide training and certification to Instructors who qualify as Examiners for the WA State.

Isaac – Driving Instructor

Isaac has been teaching driver’s education since 2012 and works out of our Monroe location. He enjoys helping novice drivers and has taught students from all over the world.

Michelle – Driving Instructor

Michelle teaches out of our Mercer Island location.

Christian – Driving Instructor

Christian teaches out of our Seattle location. He also is a pilot and teaches sailing lessons as well.

Matt – Driving Instructor

Matt teaches out of our Redmond location and also stick shift lessons.

Jim – Driving Instructor

Jim teaches out of our Factoria locations.

Tessie – Driving Instructor

Tessie is teaching out of our Bremerton location.

Mark – Driving Instructor

Mark has been teaching at Defensive Driving School in Lake Stevens since 2004. He also teaches math and coaches sports at Cavalero Mid-High School in Lake Stevens.

Greg – Driving Instructor

Greg teaches out of our Poulsbo location.

Jenay – Instructor

Jenay loves teaching and joined our school in 2008. She is an artist at heart and loves to create things. Jenay is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins.

Kit – Instructor

Kit began teaching traffic safety in the 1990s. He is a full time teacher for the Marysville School District. He teaches at our Snohomish location and enjoys riding his bike.

Jim – Instructor

Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington and has retired after 30 years of teaching high school English and photography. He has been teaching drivers education for 27 years. He has been married forty years, has three daughters, and enjoys the challenge of staying mentally alert at an old age.

German – Instructor

After 25 years in the jewelry business, German retired, only to make a comeback as a driving instructor. For the past 11 years, he has been coaching youth sports and three years ago he began refereeing youth soccer games. In his free time he likes to play soccer and spend time with his wife, daughter, and son. He works out of our Mercer Island, Factoria, and Redmond locations.

Bryan – Instructor

Bryan teaches out of our Seattle location.

Bill – Instructor

Bill has been with Defensive since January 2011. He has been teaching teens and adults for 20 years. He has a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and Drama, as well as a degree in Music. He loves helping people learn, Acting and singing as well as proper driving techniques.

Isaac – Instructor

Isaac teaches out of our Issaquah location and is also our instructor trainer.

Matthew – Instructor

Matthew is a dedicated instructor who has worked with DDS for 10 years, but has taught driver’s ed for 13 years. He gives 110% to his students with an expectation that the students give the same in return. Matthew is young enough to relate realistically to his students but old enough to be a good model for their future driving.

Rick – Instructor

Rick has been teaching traffic safety since 1988. He has a Master of Science degree from the University of Idaho in Sport Science. He stays active by being a Boy Scout leader in his boy’s troop and an avid bicyclist. He is married with 3 children.

Michele – Instructor

Michele works out of our Monroe location. Her two daughters enjoy college life in Boston and Seattle, and are Defensive Driving graduates who maintain their super hero driving status’ when on our county roads. Michele loves to write, tutor and study world religions when away from the joys of the car and classroom. She believes that every teen is a gifted asset to all existence.

Tyson – Instructor

Tyson spent ten years in the US Army, training soldiers how to drive military vehicles. He left the service to pursue a career in law enforcement. After five years he found that law enforcement wasn’t as rewarding as teaching and needed a change. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his military/police service to teaching people how to drive. Tyson enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. His wife Jeanne is glad Tyson traded in his gun for a brake pedal. Tyson works out of our Snohomish location as well as helps out with drives in Seattle and Issaquah.


Stephen – Stanwood Franchise Owner/Instructor

Stephen teaches out of our Stanwood location. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his family.


Julie – Stanwood Franchise Owner/Instructor

Julie began working for DDS in 2017. She enjoys hiking with her dogs, and fishing with her husband and two small children.


Katrina – Instructor

Hi, I’m Katrina! I love to teach new drivers to be safe and confident on the road. It’s fun and rewarding to see students succeed. Come drive with me!.


Bill – Instructor

Bill has been with Defensive Driving School of Lake Stevens since 2012. He likes getting to know each student individually, and enjoys his free time with his family.

JL – Instructor

JL has been teaching driver’s education with DDS for 9 years. She is memorable through her teaching style, dedication, and enthusiastic ways. Always the teacher, she reminds her students and former students of their responsibility to all those who share the roadways.

Joe – Instructor

Joe works out of the Marysville location.

Maddy – Instructor

Maddy works out of the Granite Falls location.

Becky – Instructor

Becky works out of the Mill Creek location. When Becky is not working she is enjoying the beautiful outdoors with her family. She really enjoys camping. Go Hawks.

Sophie – Instructor

Sophie works out of the Lake Stevens location.

Dave – Instructor

Growing up in Alaska taught me a lot about different drivers and conditions. I love God, my beautiful wife, and instilling life-changing habits and attitudes into my students at Arlington Christian High School and Defensive Driving School.

Cathy – Instructor

Cathy works out of the Smokey Point location.

Ken – Instructor

Ken teaches in Granite Falls and other locations. He loves his wife of 45 years…and his dog!

Vallare – Instructor

Vallare works out of our Federal Way and West Seattle locations.

Willow – Instructor

Willow works out of our Mercer Island location.

Mitch – Instructor

Mitch works out of our Silverdale location.

Marty – Instructor

Marty works out of our West Seattle location.

Luther – Instructor

Luther works out of our Seattle location.

Jeremiah – Instructor

Jeremiah works out of our West Seattle location.

Doug – Instructor

Doug works out of our Lynnwood 196th, Seattle, and Issaquah locations.

Charlene – Instructor

Charlene works out of our Lynnwood 196th location.

Bill – Instructor

Bill works out of our Snohomish location.

Anna – Instructor

Anna works out of our Redmond location.

Stan – Instructor

Stan works out of our Redmond location.

Kyle – Instructor

Kyle teaches out of the Bonney Lake location and also teaches stick shift lessons. He attends Green River Community College and has professional driven for both UPS and Safeway Home Delivery.

Desiree – Office Staff

Desiree is a cheerful mother of three boys, and loves spending time with family and friends.