MEET OUR STAFF
Bob is the founder of S.O.D.E. and has been an educator of driving instruction for nearly 30 years. He was a certified public school teacher with twenty years of special education experience and recently retired in order to place all of his focus on Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc. Bob is committed to the instruction of youth and adults to ensure our roads are safe and drivers have a lifetime of crash-free driving. He enjoys working with our youth and thrives on their success.
Bob Jones - Owner, Senior Instructor & Training Instructor
Helen Jones - Owner, Administrator & Instructor
Helen has the heart of a teacher and is passionate about educating our teens and keeping them safe on the roads. She is currently serving a 3 year term on the Driver Education Advisory Committee for ODOT - Traffic Safety Division. Prior to teaching driver education, she was a certified middle school teacher. In addition, she has been a swim instructor for 30+ years. When not teaching she enjoys hiking and exploring with her husband, 8 daughters and their families.
PJ Happeny - Instructor
PJ has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1991. She has been an educator for 30 years, with a background in special education and elementary and high school counseling. PJ has recently retired as an education counselor at South Medford High School. She has a passion for working with teens and has been at South for 17 years. PJ has been involved in driver education since Fall 2012 and has enjoyed teaching students how to be safe behind the wheel.
Doug Reed - Instructor
Doug has taught high school math and science for more than 20 years. He began his career in Southern California before moving with his wife and four children to the Rogue Valley in 2007. He has always enjoyed working with teens and is excited to have been with the S.O.D.E. family since Fall 2014.
Tim Rupp - Instructor
Tim grew up in the Rogue Valley and has been in the field of education for 26 years, both as a teacher and an administrator. He got his first taste of driver education working in Roseburg in the 1990's and has always been interested in teaching students how to be safe drivers. He is excited to be a part of the S.O.D.E. team of excellent instructors and to be providing a meaningful and engaging curriculum to students.
Lorenzo Ridley - Instructor
Lorenzo is a unique and passionate young man with a go-getter spirit to match. He has one year of Logistics Education at the University of Anchorage, Alaska and has started his own part-time delivery business in Medford, OR. He has a natural gift for teaching and enjoys helping others. This is his first opportunity in a professional teaching setting, and with his amount of confidence he knows he will prove his self-worth and make S.O.D.E. proud.
Tania Camacho-Perez - Instructor
Originally from Southern California, Tania is pursuing a lifelong call to teaching. Having worked in the dental field for seven years, she enjoys interacting with all types of people. She truly enjoys history and world cultures. Tania continues to further her education in the field of Communications, hoping to teach at a college level in the future. After five years in the Rogue Valley, Tania is excited and enthused to start a new chapter in her career. She feels privileged to be in a position where she can make a positive impact by promoting good driving habits for all our communities.
Travis Dick - Instructor
Travis has taught middle school math for over 20 years in the Rogue Valley. He started at Eagle Point Middle School in 1998 and has been at Hedrick since 2005. Working with teens has always been enjoyable for him. He enjoys teaching teens safe driving techniques in S.O.D.E.'s classroom.
Whitney Godfrey - Administrative Assistant
Whitney has been with Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc. for several years. She enjoys assisting Helen Jones to ensure the business is succeeding while behind-the-wheel instructors are out on the road. While assisting Helen, she updates the website, communicates with employees, conducts new employee interviews and manages ongoing projects. She is passionate about her job and the team she is a part of. Whitney has a Master's in Theology and is now focusing on her family as she continues with S.O.D.E.
Nichole Shaw - Office Manager
Nichole is a native of the Rogue Valley and a 1991 graduate of Eagle Point. She comes with experience on the road as a Commercial Truck Driver & Trainer for Werner for several years. Nichole was also a Truck Boss, Operator, Dispatcher & FF1 Firefighter of a "Type 6 Wildland Fire Truck" alongside her husband and oldest children. Nichole enjoys being a wife, mother, grandma and a licensed Zumba Instructor. She is co-founder of Fill a Truck for Hunger/Warmth Charity. Nichole is happy to be the office assistant to Helen. She enjoys coming to work to help put safe drivers on the road. Her passions are for her family, Zumba, & helping others to achieve success in life.
Amanda Boster - Instructor
Amanda is a proud mom of 3 teenage boys who have kept her very busy. However, with one in college and two right behind, her mom "responsibilities" are decreasing. She has been teaching PE and coaching since 1995 and has been teaching in Medford since 2005. She enjoys observing teens learn and become successful at new skills. She believes driving is one of the most important skills we teach our kids. Amanda is very excited to join the S.O.D.E. team and help more students be confident, safe drivers not only for themselves but for others around them.
Bradley Johnson - Instructor in Training
Brad was a State Trooper who comes to us with 43 years of diverse and extensive driving experience. As a driving instructor for the Georgia State Patrol, he participated in some of the most successful driver training programs in that organization’s long and storied history. Having resided in Georgia, Alaska, and California he has driven in all types of weather and traffic conditions; both rural and heavy volume traffic are very familiar to him. Brad now lives in Rogue River and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.