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Driver Education, Inc.

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Facts & Philosophy

Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc. (SODE) is dedicated to teaching a lifetime of safe driving skills designed to help you accomplish your driving goals, including obtaining a license.  SODE is fully licensed by the State of Oregon and meets all insurance requirements. 

SODE is one of only two Driver Education program in Southern Oregon approved by ODOT, certified by the DMV and approved by the OregonTransportation Safety Division 

of ODOT.


What sets SODE apart is that we offer 20 years of driver training experience with high school students and adults during which we developed state of the art training techniques and skills development.  Financial assistance is available so every student can have this experience.  We are committed to providing students the necessary skills for a lifetime of driving.


Bob Jones ::: Owner/Instructor

Bob is the founder of S.O.D.E. and has been an educator of driving instruction for over 24 years.  He is a certified public school teacher with twenty years of experience and is employed by the Medford School District.  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. 

PJ Happeny ::: Driving Instructor

PJ has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1991.  She has been an educator for 28 years, with a background in special education and elementary and high school counseling.  PJ is an education counselor at South Medford High School.  She has a passion for working with teens and has been at South for 15 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 ::: Classroom & Driving Instructor 

Doug has taught high school math and science for over 15 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 continue that in a new way by joining the S.O.D.E. family in Fall 2014.

Tim Rupp ::: Driving 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. 

Juliette Gent ::: Driving Instructor & Office Assistant

Juliette Gent has an eclectic background including commercial truck driving for two years. She greatly values the concepts of road safety and education. She is a student at SOU with a passion for teaching and driving and plans to graduate with a double Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Mathematics, with a minor in Applied Statistics, by the Fall of 2017. In the mean time, she is excited and eager to teach the Rogue Valley youth the essentials of driving.
Brenda Winkler ::: Driving Instructor & Office Assistant
While Brenda is new to the Rogue Valley she has been teaching in the Motor Vehicle and Traffic Safety Industry for 20 years. She eventually became a Vermont DMV Examiner and had her own driver education business. In the year 2000, she was the recipient of the U.S. ‘Top 500 Women of the Year’ for her career in the industry and the Saturn Car Company’s Women at their Best awards. She is excited to be working with Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc.. She loves what she does and she teaches from the heart.