Congratulations to our Driver Ed instructor Allyn Workman who was selected by his peers to receive the Teacher Excellence Award at the national conference of the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA). The Teacher Excellence Awards are given by The National Road Safety Foundation, a non-profit group that creates driver safety education materials and makes them available at no cost to teachers, schools, police, traffic safety advocates and youth organizations. Workman was one of four teachers to be honored
"The teachers selected by their peers as the best of the best demonstrate creativity and enthusiasm in the lifesaving work they do," said David Reich, public relations director of The National Road Safety Foundation and a member of the ADTSEA Board of Directors. "Driving instructors are a dedicated group whose mission is to save lives and prevent needless tragedy by helping young people learn how to drive safely and responsibly. For many, it is a calling more than it is a job."
Workman, who has been teaching driver education for 17 years of his 40 year teaching career, was motivated to become a driver education instructor after he and his wife were involved in a fatal crash. The other driver, who was killed, was unbelted and distracted and ran through a stop sign. Workman often tells the story to his students to make them aware of the dangers of distracted driving. In addition to teaching, he has served on committees working to advance and extend the reach of driver education throughout Missouri. He has been a facilitator for the state's First Impact program, working to increase parental awareness of teen driving risks and improve understanding of Missouri's GDL laws. He also has been working with state legislators to require driver education for all new licensed drivers, which is not currently mandated in Missouri.
"Allyn is an exemplary driver education teacher," said William Whitfield, Jr., Missouri Dept. of Transportation Highway Safety Director. "His unwavering commitment and contributions to improve traffic safety are making a difference in the classroom, community and the state."
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