About Us

At Olympic Driving School you will receive a Washington State Department of Licensing approved, quality learning experience. Your class experience will be informative and fun, and most importantly, we will teach you what you need to know to become a safe and accident free driver, for life. All classes are taught by experienced and certified Department of Licensing instructors, who have a passion for learning and safety behind the wheel.

Olympic Driving School began its first class on May 1st, 2017 and has enjoyed a warm welcome to the West Olympia area, serving students from Capital High School, Olympia High School, Shelton, Lacey, Elma, McCleary, and Tumwater.

Our Philosophy

We believe that driving a vehicle requires maturity, composure, and discipline. As such, we treat our students like adults, expecting them to take responsibility both in class and behind the wheel. This attitude is also reflected in our teaching methods. We’ve found that most driving schools teach their students like they’re still in middle school. At other schools students begin class by reading from the textbook and filling out worksheets while the instructor is nowhere to be found. The instructor then reviews material for a short period, after which the students take a written quiz and are sent on their way.

We believe in a more mature, engaging approach to teaching drivers education. Our instructors present material for the majority of the class session, using modern technology and curriculum to keep students focused and involved. We allow students to use their cell phones to take notes, take pictures of slides, and to take their quizzes. Our electronic quizzes provide instructors with real-time feedback so they can assess the students’ understanding of topics and adapt their teaching to students’ needs.

Our instructors love to teach and are proactive in getting to know the students. We value the power of education and hire instructors who share an enthusiasm for knowledge.

Our Owners

Olympic Driving School is owned and operated by Scott and Ashley Jensen. Together, Scott and Ashley are dedicated to providing students in the Olympia area with a quality, affordable driver’s education.

Owner
Scott Jensen
Owner/Instructor/Examiner

Scott is passionate about education and has worked with youth of all ages through scouting, peer mentoring, social counseling, and even teaching undergraduate courses at a large university. Scott holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Information System Management from Brigham Young University and currently works as an IT asset management consultant for several Fortune 500 companies. He is also the Scouting Committee Chairman for a local charter of the Boy Scouts of America. Scott is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Ashley Jensen
Owner/Instructor

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education and was a kindergarten teacher at a school for students with autism when she and Scott met. Now with children of her own to raise, Ashley is a stay-at-home mom but enjoys managing the driving school with Scott. Ashley’s parents have been in the drivers education business for many years and were fundamental to the foundation of Olympic Driving School. Ashley is fluent in Spanish.

Our Team

Tom Babbit
Manager/Instructor/Examiner

Tom retired from the United States Army in 2014 after serving his country for 26 years and then completed a degree in Criminal Justice before joining Olympic Driving School. While serving in the Army he certified as a Master Driver and instructed other military personnel to drive military vehicles. It was while serving in this capacity that Tom knew he wanted to work with youth during their journey to adulthood. Tom strives to provide passionate and personal instruction to our country’s future generation, both through teaching drivers education and volunteering as a mentor for juvenile youth.

Greg Sypnicki
Instructor/Examiner
 
 
Greg retired from the Bell System in 2012. Greg started as a Long-Distance Telephone Operator with Pacific Northwest Bell in 1980. After several job changes and company name changes, Greg retired as a Central Office Technician with CenturyLink. During Greg’s 32-year career, he drove all types of phone company vehicles from vans to bucket trucks. Greg is passionate about driver safety and has always enjoyed teaching kids to drive. He started with teaching his oldest daughter to drive in 1987. After teaching another daughter, a nephew, and two grandchildren how to drive, he knew that teaching Driver’s Training came naturally to him. Greg got his certification as a Driving Instructor and DOL Examiner in 2016. Greg and his wife Gloria enjoy traveling to different parts of the world, and occasionally taking long road trips in the US, Canada and Mexico. Greg is bilingual in English and Spanish, and gives the DOL Skills Test in both languages.
Noelle Schenk
Instructor/Examiner

Noelle is passionate about helping young people. Her time at Western Washington University inspired several volunteer and internship opportunities that focused primarily on foster children and high school students. After graduating with a degree in Human Services, Noelle moved onto Seattle Pacific University where she is currently pursuing her Master’s of Education in School Counseling. Noelle loves the Olympia community and hopes to serve as a local high school counselor someday and continue to teach students how to be safe and courteous drivers.

Tasha Hickey
Manager/Instructor/Examiner

Tasha joined Olympic Driving School in February, 2019, with 15 years of experience teaching teens and adults at her own driving school in Michigan. Tasha and her husband have 2 adult daughters and 2 grand children. When faced with being empty-nesters, Tasha and her husband decided to try something new and moved to the state of Washington. In her spare time Tasha enjoys exploring the state of Washington, hiking, kayaking, and lounging in her hammock!

Bill Alton
Instructor

Bill was born and raised in the Chicago area and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Illinois. Early in his sales career he transferred to Southern California where he spent the remainder of his full-time working years selling software systems to large corporations. He feels it is important to give back to his community and has volunteered in youth pageants as well as for his local police department. Bill joined Olympic Driving School in April of 2019 soon after relocating to Olympia. He and his wife and their two dogs are having a great time exploring The Great Northwest in their RV. Bill enjoys teaching and learning from kids (they keep you young).

Tammy Sheridan
Instructor/Examiner

Originally from the S.F. Bay Area, Tammy prefers the quiet town of Olympia over the hustle and bustle of city life. She has primarily worked for non-profit organizations in fund development, but her most rewarding positions have been those working directly with youth. Preschool teacher, science camp outdoor education instructor, substitute para-educator, and after-school program assistant have been just a few of the positions held working with youth of all ages. After a 20 year hiatus from college, and some life experience under her belt, she decided it was time to pursue a degree to teach. Driver’s ed instruction has been a great venue to work on her teaching skills and, hopefully, have a lasting and positive impact on the students she works with.

Chris Swartz
Instructor/Examiner

Born and raised in Missoula, MT, Chris is no stranger to the Pacific Northwest. He grew up vacationing on the Washington and Oregon coast lines, so when the opportunity to move back after more than 21 years in the United States Army presented itself, he and his family jumped on it. His passion for learning is what has driven him to obtain a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelors in Communication, a Real Estate License, a Barber License, and much more. His desire to help others is what lead him to become a Drivers Training Instructor at Olympic Driving School. Chris loves spending time with his wife and two sons, being outdoors or watching movies in his spare time.

Rachel Souza
Instructor

After being an award winning Airborne Operations Instructor at one of the Air Force’s largest training units in Oklahoma City, Rachel moved back home to the PNW with her husband and 2 pups. While serving in the Air Force, she made time to complete a B.A.S in Operations Management as well as an A.A.S in Instruction of Military Sciences and Information Technology.

Her hobbies include painting, thrift shopping, shamelessly binging Netflix dramas, and most importantly—Travel! Her passion for travel has taken her all throughout the world. When she separated from the military she went on a solo, 3 month road-trip around the U.S. and Canada. She backpacked through Europe, became a scuba diver in South America, and has been on adventures to the Middle East, Mexico, Thailand, and Japan.

Lynna Rux
Instructor
 
Lynna is a tender-hearted retired nurse. She was born and raised in Washington and loves it here; it will forever be her perfect home. She is no stranger to younger generations as she has 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Her family is her pride and joy, and she loves telling stories about all their adventures. Lynna loves to garden, especially vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Along with gardening, one of Lynna’s hobbies is traveling. She has been to many places, but one of her favorites was Israel.

 

Red Doxey
Office Manager

Red loves to help people pursue their dreams. Her first job out of college was as a writing tutor for the University of Alaska Southeast, where she helped students improve their writing skills. Since then, she has also been a genealogical data entry specialist, a website content writer, and a truck driver, among many other things. She holds a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing from Pacific University and studied Film and Media Arts at the University of Utah. Red dreams of one day being a full-time professional novelist.

Zara Kulish
Office Assistant

Zara is an enthusiastic, hard working leader who has dedicated her life to learning and the arts. She hopes to one day be a well-known country singer and songwriter. She recently graduated from Saint Martin’s University with a degree in communications. She loves music, cooking/baking, sewing, hanging out with friends, and theatre. Although born and raised in western Washington, she studied abroad in Australia two years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it; she hopes to go back one day.

Molly Yonker
Office Assistant

Molly recently graduated from Capital High School and is currently a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. She is studying to be a forensic psychologist and hopefully join the Federal Bureau of Investigation one day. Outside of work and school Molly is the proud parent of a Leopard gecko and Chihuahua-mix. She loves doing crafts, including painting, graphic design, and decorating. She grew up in Cleveland Ohio, but has called Olympia her home for most of her teenage/young adult life. She is a dedicated and kind human, who loves to meet new people and learn new skills.

 

 
Lizzy Miles
Office Assistant

Lizzy is a graduate of Capital High School and is a student at Brigham Young University. She is currently studying exercise science and has her plans set on entering the fields of athletic training and physical therapy. Lizzy grew up playing club softball with the Washington Acers and was no stranger to physical therapy, piquing her interest in the subject. Throughout high school Lizzy shared her love of coaching as a youth softball catching instructor and as an assistant coach for Thurston County Special Olympics. Outside of work and school Lizzy enjoys league bowling, hiking, and playing with her two australian shepherds.

Winston
Good-Boy-in-Chief

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