• Most are New Jersey Certified School Teachers and Varsity Coaches.
  • Half our instructors hold Master's Degrees.
  • All receive NJ State Police background checks.
  • All hold NJ Defensive Driving Certificates.
  • Provide patient, individualized one-on-one personalized training for each student

Jim Hallinan, Owner/Instructor

Email: jim@academydriving.org

Jim has been teaching Driver Education at Washington Township High School since 2001 and has also worked with the community as a teacher, instructor, coach, and youth mentor during that time. 

Matt Groark, Instructor:

Matt is a Health, Phys Ed, and Driver Ed teacher at Washington Township High school.  He has been coaching new drivers behind the wheel since 2007.  He is a great addition to the Academy team.

Mike Stellaccio, Instructor:

Mike is "The Instructor". He was the owner and operator of Instructor Driving School for 25 years. We are excited to have him driving with Academy. He has the experience and expertise to train students of all ages, preparing them to be safe and courteous drivers.

Mare Angeline, Instructor:

Mare comes to us with over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. Her years on the road gives her the quick reflexes, patience, and driving wisdom needed to be an extraordinary instructor. Mare is one our most requested instructors.


Alex is a Health and Phys Ed Teacher at Washington Township High School.  He has been working in the district and for Academy since 2013.  Alex also has experience as a baseball coach and youth mentor.  

Bo McKillop, Instructor:

Bo has been a Health, PE, and Driver Education Teacher at Woodbury High School since 2005, where he is the Assistant Football Coach.  He also coaches Baseball at Gateway HS in the spring.  He has been an amazing addition to the Academy team.  His patience and experience coaching and teaching make him a perfect fit for any student.


Steve Jones, Instructor:

Steve is a Health and PE teacher at Winslow High School and we are excited to have him as an instructor with Academy.  Having a teenage son and daughter  himself, he brings the patience and understanding that relates well to our driving students young and old.  

Irv McFarland, Instructor:

Irv is a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Deptford High School.  Irv is also a Varsity Soccer and Baseball Coach.  He has been a Behind the Wheel instructor since 2008 and has a great ability to make new drivers comfortable and confident.  We are excited to have him part of the Academy Team. 

Rocco Centrone, Authorized Agent:

Rocco is currently an Authorized Agent which authorizes him to transport students to their road test.  There is a high probability of passing when we take you to your Road Test.  

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