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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 programs in Southern Oregon approved by ODOT, certified

by the DMV!


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 Jones

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. 

Juliette Gent ::: Driving Instructor & Office Assistant

Juliette Gent
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.
PJ Happeny ::: Driving Instructor
PJ Happeny

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 Reed

Doug has taught high school math and science for almost 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.

Lorenzo Ridley ::: Classroom & Driving Instructor
Coming Soon Lorenzo Ridley
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 chance in a professional setting in teaching but with his amount of confidence he is sure he will prove his self-worth and make S.O.D.E. proud.

Tim Rupp ::: Driving Instructor 
Tim Rupp

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. 

Whitney Godfrey ::: Administrative Assistant
Whitney Godfrey
Whitney has been with Southern Oregon Driver Education, Inc. for the past 2 years. She enjoys assisting Helen Jones to ensure the business is succeeding while the educators & 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 projects given to her. She is passionate about her job and the team she is apart of.  Whitney has a Masters in Theology and is now focusing on her family as she continues with S.O.D.E.
Nichole Shaw ::: Office Assistant
Nicole was born & raised in the Rogue Valley, graduating in 1991 from Eagle Point. Her first job was 14 years old running bulldozer on her dad's log landing she became a commercial truck driver and trainer for Werner, driving for them for 4 years & local rock hauler there after. She was the co-owner (for 8 years) of a type 6 Wildland Fire Truck, as a truck boss, operator, dispatcher & FF1 Firefighter along with her husband & her children. Nichole is a licensed Zumba Instructor & spent 5 years owning & operating her own business. Nichole & her husband own Twinz Fire Salsa (Award winning Pico in the Rogue Valley, 2016). Nichole has also worked as a Special Education Assistant to Bob Jones for 4 years. She is co-founder of Fill a Truck for Hunger/Warmth. Now she is at her dream job, an office assistant to Helen Jones. Her passions are for her family, Zumba, & helping others to achieve success in life, along with safe and educated drivers on the road.