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About Safety and Respect Driving School

Meet the Owner

 
Marty Fadness

Marty Fadness

Mr. Fadness is the owner and founder of Safety and Respect Driving School which he established in 1996 after the birth of his third child.  Mr. Fadness graduated with a degree in education from the University of Duluth.  He has taught Physicial Education and Special Education at Eau Claire North High School since 1984.  He coached boys hockey, baseball, and football at North High School for 15+ years before switching to coach the ECA Stars girls hockey team in an effort to spend more time with his wife and five children.  Mr. Fadness is the primary teacher for our Fall Creek High School location.

Office Staff

 
Janalee Fadness

Janalee Fadness

Mrs. Fadness manages the daily operations of the driving school.  She graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Education.  She also holds degrees in Corporate Fitness, Psychology, and Gerontology. 

 
Terry Bechel

Terry Bechel

Mr. Bechel recently retired from the EC Fire Dept.  He is a local EMT.  Mr. Bechel also teaches CPR in various communities.  Mr. Bechel joined Safety and Respect in 2003 as a driving instructor.   You will find him in the office, classroom, and in the vehicle.

 
Stevie Fadness

Stevie Fadness

Ms. Fadness is working toward a degree in Public Administration and Business at UW - GB.  She spends her summers and holidays managing the driving school office.  Ms. Fadness is an avid Packer, Brewer, and Blackhawk fan. 

Eau Claire / Altoona, WI Driving Instructors

 
Ken Strand

Ken Strand

Mr. Strand served in the Navy as a pilot.  He earned his DPI certification in Math and Driver Education and spent his entire teaching career at Altoona High School.  Upon his retirement from teaching, he has been an active instructor at Safety and Respect Driving school since it's establishment in 1996.

 

Todd LaValley

Mr. LaValley is a Physical Education and Special Education teacher at Putnam Heights.  He is the Special Olympics coach elementary aged students in the Eau Claire public school district.  Mr. LaValley earned his driver instructor license in 2006.

 
Judy Lake

Judy Lake

Ms. Lake is a Special education aide at EC North.  She earned her driver instructor license in 2012.  She is the primary classroom instructor at our North High School location.

 
Jessica Olson

Jessica Olson

Ms. Olson is currently completing her Education degree in Math and Physics from UW-Eau Claire.  She is a proud graduate of Eau Claire North High School.  Ms. Olson earned her driver education license in 2014.  She enjoys exercising and reading in her spare time.

 
 
 

Gordy Geurink

Mr. Geurink is a retired educator having positions as a superintendent, principal, teacher, and coach.  Mr. Geurink earned his driver education certification in 2009 and actively drives in all our contracted school districts.  He enjoys his work as a driving instructor because of his love of teaching kids.  "The learning curve is very high during the one hour session and it is fun to be a part of that."

River Falls, WI Driving Instructors

 
Adam Koger

Adam Koger

Who is that man instructing my son or daughter?  My journey to become a WI licensed driver's education instructor for Safety and Respect Driving School began as a 15.6 year old seated in the basement of Eau Claire Regis High School.  You may have guessed it, I was a student of the owner and founder Marty Fadness.  Little did I know, our paths would cross again, as I acted as a student teacher under the direction of Mr. Fadness at Eau Claire North High School.  After graduating from UW - Eau Claire, Mr. Fadness offered me a job working as a driver's education instructor while I searched for a physical education teaching job.  Now, years later, I have had the pleasure of teaching students in Eau Claire, Elk Mound, Ellsworth, Colfax, Mondovi, Hayward, Spring Valley, and River Falls, WI.  I truly enjoy leading the classroom sessions which set the foundation for my favorite part of the learning process, the behind the wheel instruction.

 
 

Hayward, WI Driving Instructors

 
Sandra Schmoeckel

Sandra Schmoeckel

Graduate of Bemidji State University with an education degree and certification in Driver Education.  Ms. Schmoeckel began teaching driver education in 1987 for the MN Independent School District 622 servicing North St Paul, Maplewood, and Oakdate Schools.  She currently teaches driver education at both District 622 and our Hayward location.  Ms. Schmoeckel is a proud member of the Minnesota and Wisconsin Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association.  Ms Schmoeckel's goal and passion are to educate and teach the skills necesary for the young people of today to become responsible safe drivers and to drive defensively.

Ellsworth / Spring Valley, WI Driving Instructors

 

Matt Griffen

Mr. Griffen recently graduated from UW-River Falls.  He earned his driving instructor license in 2016.  He is primarily in the Spring Valley and Ellsworth area.

Colfax / Elk Mound / Mondovi, WI Driving Instructors

 
Matt Lunde

Matt Lunde

Mr Lunde was born and raised in Eau Claire.  He is a proud graduate of Eau Claire North High School.  Mr. Lunde graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies.  Mr Lunde has taught driver education with Safety and Respect since 2001.  He currently resides in Eau Claire with his wife and two daughters.  He loves all sports, being outdoors, and spending time with his family.

 
Bart Steffen

Bart Steffen

Mr. Steffen graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in physical education and special education.  He has been teaching at various elementary schools in the Eau Claire school district since 2001.  Mr. Steffen also coaches hockey at ECM.  Mr. Steffen became a driving instructor in 2002 and is our primary classroom instructor in Elk Mound and Colfax.  Mr. Steffen can be found at the speeding around the local race tracks in vehicle #2!

 
Dave Misner

Dave Misner

Mr. Misner is a retired teacher from the Menomonie School District where he taught Driver Education and  Special Education. 

Birchwood / Maple, WI Driving Instructors

 
Macki Fadness

Macki Fadness

Ms. Fadness earned her education degree in Elementary Education and Social Studies from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN.  Ms. Fadness currently teaches math and social studies in Waconia, MN  She is planning to attain her Masters in Administration in the near future.  Ms. Fadness has been teaching driver education since 2013.  She is often found in the Maple, Hayward, Elk Mound, and Eau Claire area teaching both Classroom and Behind the Wheel.

 
Julie Brucher

Julie Brucher

Ms. Brucher has been an instructor since 2008 in the Maple and Hayward area.  She loves the outdoors and taking care of her grandchildren.

 

Dan Tiller

Mr. Tiller is a retired police officier.  He began teaching Driver Education for Safety and Respect in 2016.  Mr. Tiller is an avid fisherman and outdoorsman.

Turtle Lake, WI Driving Instructors

 
Terry Bechel

Tom Bernhardt

Mr. Bernhardt was born and raised in Eau Claire.  He is a proud graduate of Eau Claire Memorial High School and UW - Eau Claire.  Mr. Bernhardt has taught Social Studies at North High School since 1993 and been a high school hockey and softball coach since 1991.  Mr. Bernhardt earned his driver education teaching license in 2009.  He is the primary classroom teacher at our Turtle Lake location but can be found in both the classroom and vehicle for all of our contracted districts.