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40 Years Of Experience

Behind The Wheel

iDrive Hand over Hand Driving School is a Bilingual (Spanish) family owned business providing a quality driver education service to clients in Johnston County, Wake County, Durham and surrounding areas. i iDrive Hand over Hand Driving School LLC strives to make learning a fun, easy and painless as much as possible without decreasing the quality of education.

We are certified by NCDMV School Bus & Traffic Safety, bonded, and Insured.  

 

Our Mission is to advise the driving community about the risks associated with operating a motor vehicle and present the necessary tools needed to avoid traffic situations that might cause collisions.

 

We offer services for teens and adults just learning how to drive, and seniors who may want to brush up on their driving skills. Services will be provided for individuals with disabilities and seniors attempting to return once fully recovered from surgery and have regained total mobility.

 

Our main goal is to build bridges with our community and service providers. We recognize that a Driver’s License will open the doors to a successful life in our society. Our short-term goal is to establish a strong coordinated partnership and collaboration with our youth and our adults

Katherine Vila                        

Owner / Instructor

Certified Drivers Ed Instructor by the State of North Carolina in 2013 

An odd twist of events paved my way to an astonishing turn of events. In the year 2003 I successfully completed my training and became a proud CDL license holder. I had the time of my life working for a company in Orlando, Florida (Mears Destination Services). A day of work meant driving the designated Trolley on International Drive, Orlando. Everyone is on vacation having the time of their life enjoying the Wonderful World of Disney and Sea World, to name a few. I truly had a blast driving a 55-passenger motor coach to and from Airports, Resorts, Theme Parks and Port Canaveral (Disney Cruise Ship).

June 2005, I set sail to Baghdad, Iraq (Green Zone, Fortified Installation). I went through extensive strategic driving with our troops and became one of the designated drivers in newly established U.S Embassy in Baghdad. I there was given the opportunity to drive a 40-passenger armored vehicle. We had night mission to and from BiOP (Baghdad International Airport).

 

August 2007, I fulfilled a life time dream, I was issued a U.S. Army Motor Vehicle Operator Permit. I was able to put my skills to work as a Motor Vehicle Operator in the Motor Pool, Fort Eustis, Newport News, Va. It was an honor to work with our U.S Army while in preparation for deployment to Iraq, it was an experience of a life time.

 

In the year 2013 I re-deployed and decided to share my driving skills with the Teens and Adults in our community. My mission now is saving lives and opening doors. We teach driving skills and work on building confidence levels. Building confidence doesn’t stop behind the wheel it spills over into our daily approach on life.

Ms. Mildred Santiago

Co-Owner / Instructor    

Certified Drivers Ed Instructor by the State of North Carolina in 2014

Mildred’s professional driving history started when she successfully passed her CDL training in 1990 with Westchester Day School Mamaroneck, NY.  In the attempt to broaden her horizon, she advanced to work in a management capacity with Avet Coach & Ambulette Service, Yonkers, NY.

In 1995 seeking a better opportunity for growth, Ms. Santiago took on a new venture with Atlantic Para Transit as a Dispatcher/Driver. In 1998 Ms. Santiago recognized that she could take this another level by taking on a new challenge with Student Bus Company in the year 1998 in Rockland County, NY. In the year 2000 she was offered the opportunity to work with East Ramapo Central School District, once again demonstrating and exceeding expectations. Ms. Santiago is a priceless asset always willing to go the extra mile.

 

Mildred’s passion is Homecare and working with people with disabilities; in a broad sense of the word. She has been highly successful with our teens in the RTP and surrounding areas. Her passion spills over into this Drivers Education where patience and a big heart plays a big role.

Ryan Spells

Team Member/Instructor

Certified Drivers Ed Instructor by the State of North Carolina in 2018 

Spells’ (as he likes to be called) Is a Brooklyn native.  He graduated from the High School of Art and Design in Manhattan in 1979. He became a license driver with the State of New York at age 16.  He has over 41 years of driving under his belt.

He attended Pembroke State University in '83 for Art Education and Hardbarger Junior College of Business in '84 for Computer Programming.  He finished the Driver Training and School Bus Safety Program and received his certification in November '18 when he joined his friends at iDrive Hand over Hand.

Spells also is a Graphic Designer since 1978 and is the owner of A&D Graphixs.  He is the designer of iDrive Hand over Hand's logo and website.  His passions are Kids, (he has a 26 year old daughter and a 1 year old grand daughter) Music, Art and Cars.