About Our Driving School and Professional Instructors

A better choice driving school was founded in 2003. Since that time, we have trained thousands upon thousands of new drivers. Drivers of all ages and learner types. We use a variety of methods to ensure that students grasp the concepts we are teaching them. We train teen drivers as well as adults. Whether you're looking for a program for your teen, adult abbreviated program, adult remedial program, private lessons, or corporate training, we are A Better Choice.

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Our Instructors

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Oral Ray

Oral founded A Better Choice in 2002 after almost 20 years of government service as a U.S. Marine, Border Patrol Agent, and Special Operations Officer. He is the Training Manager and Adult Coordinator. He is married to Lynette and together has five children and nine grandchildren. While Oral ensures that students receive the highest quality instruction available, Lynette serves as the office manager and believes that customer service is the most important aspect of any business. Oral's tip for being the best driver you can be; "Being successful as a driver is the same as being successful in life; look well ahead and prepare early for what's coming."

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Mickey Sengos

Mickey was the first person to be hired by Oral after starting A Better Choice. Mickey is married to the love of his life, Bridgette, and they have two sons. Mickey is an Investigator with the Public Defenders Office and has a degree in Social Work. Mickey loves teaching in the classroom and sharing life experiences with his students. Mickey's driving tip; "Stay out of the left lane unless you're passing," and his favorite quote from Talladega Nights is "If you ain't first, you're last."

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Rik Smith

Rick is a retired pediatric nurse who still volunteers in that profession. Rick has been a driving instructor with A Better Choice since 2020. He is considered to be quite an asset to us and is enjoyed very much by the students he drives with. Rick's driving tip; "Sometimes the only therapy you need is a long drive with good music." another one of Rick's favorites is "Always follow the road signs, accelerate slowly, and brake gently."

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Kristen Beisel

Kristen has been a long-time employee with A Better Choice Driving School. Kristen works with special needs children in the Canal Fulton area. Kristen is married and has a young daughter. Kristen's Driving Tip: "Always be aware of your surroundings."

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Eddie Whitt

Eddie has worked in the transportation industry for 30 years as a driving professional. Eddie's Driving Tip: "Remember, Driving is a privilege, not a right."

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Michael Burge

Michael worked as a middle school teacher. He is now a stay-at-home dad and cattle farmer. He has two kids and 27 pets that he takes care of every day! Michael's Driving Tip: Drive safe because driving dangerously or aggressively won't get you there any faster."

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Julia Longstreth

Julia is retired from higher education. She has been a driving instructor for the last 4 years. Julia loves working with and helping young people. Working as a driving instructor enables her to continue to do what she loves. Julia's Driving Tip: "Don't overthink or overanalyze. Always use your turn signals and stay out of the left lane unless you're passing or turning."

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Amy Miller

Amy is a driving professional. She has been a bus driver with Akron Metro for several years. Amy came to work for A Better Choice in 2021. Amy's Driving Tip: "Leave plenty of space between you and any vehicle around you. You should always look for an escape path."