Meet Our CDL A Skills Instructors & Staff

Meet Our CDL A Skills Instructors & Staff 2019-06-10T14:09:56+00:00

Learn from years of experience. Trust Us. You Will Want To Learn From Our Instructor’s Variety of Experience And Years Of Know How.

We are a small school – so we have a small training staff. Although we are small, we have over 150 years of driving experience on staff. The great thing about our small staff is they are all experienced, and they all come from different backgrounds. Our trainers represent experience as Company Driving, City/Local Driving, Owner Operator driving, Heavy Haul, Dry Van, Regional & LTL.

Charles: CDL A Skills Instructor – Charles came on with Truck America Training in late 2018 after retiring from his Regional Job with his last company for 30 years. Charles, aka. CK., trains on the road and on the range teaching skills.  A fun fact about CK is that he was almost a professional basketball player, but due to injury, became a driver! He is a great pep-talker and a patient instructor to boot.

Dale: CDL A Skills Instructor – Dale was an Owner Operator hauling heavy haul equipment for over 20 years before coming to Truck America Training in 2006 for a period. He went back over the road to do more heavy hauling before coming back to train again in 2017. Dale is a road and range instructor. Dale has some exciting adventure stories to share from his time over the road – and boy does he share! He will give you a great big dose of OTR experience through the stories he has lived. He can come off a little stern, but don’t let that fool you – he is actually a big teddy bear.

Ed: CDL A Skills Instructor – Ed joined Truck America Training in 2010 after 37 years of company OTR Experience. During Ed’s career he was awarded as a 1 Million Safe Mile Safe Driver and 2 Million Safe Mile Safe Driver. Ed shares his knowledge and safe driving habits on the road and the range. Ed accidently started his own trucking company at the ripe young age of 16 and has never stopped truckin’! If you don’t believe us, ask him yourself!

Gerald: Part Time Classroom Instructor – Gerald has a wide array of training in his background – he has instructed on everything from military vehicles to teaching English in Seoul, Korea! Besides his unique training qualifications, he was an OTR driver for 22 years, during which he would train new student drivers from time-to-time. Later in his driving career, he became a local city driver then transitioned into a supplemental Orientation Instructor for a local trucking company. In 2017 he transitioned to being a full time instructor for Truck America Training. Gerald has since “retired”, but still trains in the classroom for certain topics.

Ann: CDL A Skills Instructor & Classroom Instructor –  Ann has been instructing at Truck America Training since 2003 after leave a 20+ year driving career. Ann drove OTR as a team with her husband for many years. They did a stint as a company team and as an Independent Contractor Driving Team. Ann and her husband trained together at Truck America Training for a number of years before her husband retired. Ann now instructs in the classroom every other week. When she is not in the classroom teaching the next generation of safe drivers, she is working on her farm with her horses.

Kathy Jo: Admission’s Specialist – Kathy Jo has been with Truck America since 2011. In her time, she has admitted and helped nearly 1,000 new drivers find a new career as a CDL A Driver. She is a straight shooter and believes honesty is the best policy when advising students on their new driving career. She is very knowledgeable in the driving industry and has many connections with local, OTR, Regional, Heavy Haul – and other – trucking companies hiring new drivers. Want to find out more about admissions or job placement assistance? Contact Kathy Jo today: 502-955-6388 or kmcpherson@tatcdl.com

Judy: Judy has been with Truck America for nearly a decade. She is the school’s Registrar, AKA, School Mom, AKA – she keeps us all in line. Not just the students, but the staff too! If you’re late for school, you better believe School Mom will be calling. Our best advice to you is to stay in line and do what you’re supposed to! And when you make it through our CDL A Training program successfully, Judy will grant you your graduation documentation at the end of your CDL School journey. She is also the contact person for all former TAT CDL Grads who need access to their transcripts or any other information. Contact Judy direct: 502-955-6388 or jwalters@tatcdl.com

Jodie: Jodie is the General Manager at Truck America Training. She came into the trucking industry in 2015, as the Executive Assistant to the owner of Summitt Trucking in Clarksville, IN. She worked alongside Dave Summitt until 2017, when she transitioned to Truck America Training. Jodie is passionate about education and enjoys helping students complete the program and start a new career.