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.
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!

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/Examiner

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.
Terri Reed
Instructor/Examiner
 
Terri holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Accounting. Originally from Los Angeles, CA and then living in the Hawaiian islands for 14 years, Terri finds the pacific northwest her forever home. She brings 3 years of experience as an instructor to Olympic Driving School. One of her passions is DIY projects, which comes in handy in her home-based business of revamping RVs with an emphasis in Airstreams. She’s also an avid gardener.
Felton Fowler
Instructor
 
Felton was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and retired from the US Army in 1994. During his 20 year tenure with the military, he served as an army paratrooper, recruiter, guidance counselor, and a senior military police sergeant. He graduated from Saint Martin’s College in 2002 with a BA in Community Services. After graduation he worked as a worksource specialist for Washington State, and then spent 17 years as a corrections officer. Prior to being hired by Olympic Driving School, he worked as a federal employee at the McChord Air Force Base Commissary. Felton enjoys fishing, travelling, relaxing at parks, and watching televised football games. He gains satisfaction from helping others, and is proud to be serving our community as a driving instructor.
Nico Esparza
Instructor/Examiner
 
Nico was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was eating crabs before he could crawl. While in the Army National Guard, he attended Garrett College. Receiving an Associates degree in Adventure Sports Management. He has worked in the snow-sports instruction industry specializing in adaptive lessons for disabled persons. He has taken clients hundreds of feet off the ground as a climbing guide and has led students into the wilderness equipping them with knowledge and confidence on backpacking expeditions. Nico first came to Washington to climb Mt. Rainier and fell in love with the PNW. He now lives in a Tipi with his wife and dog in the town of Rainier. He’s currently flying helicopters pursuing his commercial license. Nico has driven in three continents and crossed the continental U.S nine times.
Aaron Richie
Instructor
 
Aaron was raised in Boone, NC and moved to Washington state in September of 2018. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry Studies from Appalachian State University. In addition to being a driving school instructor, Aaron works full time as a lead teacher in a preschool classroom. Outside of work, he loves making music, computer gaming, cooking, playing board games, 3D printing, and various other crafty hobbies. Aaron is always looking to help out and take care of those around him.
David Montano
Instructor in Training
 
David is a Thurston County native who recently became the father of two beautiful daughters. He studied Political Science at South Puget Sound Community College, as well as Communications and Constitutional Law at The Evergreen State College. He taught ESL as a volunteer teacher for a non-profit for four years and also taught English at a private school. He has worked in various industries that gave him experience operating multiple types of vehicles. He also owned and operated a cab company. More recently, David worked for The United State Postal Service as a city-carrier here in Thurston County. In his free time he enjoys playing disc golf.

Red Doxey
Program & Compliance 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.

Emma Chapin-Cabiao
Office Assistant

Emma was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. She graduated from Olympia High school and South Puget Sound Community College with an associate’s degree in Arts. For two years, She worked as a preschool teaching-assistant and loved it. She’s really just a kid at heart. Emma would describe herself as enthusiastic, and friendly. Always ready and able to help, or just chat! She’s passionate about helping others if/when they need, and enjoys her time most when painting, drawing, or being with the people she holds dear.

Olivia Gray
Office Assistant

Olivia is a proud Washingtonian who befriends every tree and raindrop she meets. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. She also studied abroad in Norway for a semester, fulfilling her lifelong dream of exploring the land of trolls and meeting her relatives in Telemark. Outside of work, you can find her baking, singing, teaching her boyfriend how to play piano, and cuddling with her cats. Olivia hopes to grow old and wrinkly, holding nothing but love and gratitude in her heart.

Stephanie Bale
Office Assistant

Stephanie was born and raised in Rainier. For the last eight years she has held certifications as a Nursing Assistant and a Nurse delegate. She is currently attending SPSCC for her Associates in Technical Medical Administration. She enjoys helping those in need and loves her family. She is also a proud dog mom to a bully named Zeus. In her free time she likes to go swimming.

Winston
Good-Boy-in-Chief

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