Anthony Smith was born in Greeley, Colorado in May 1972. He has lived in Northern Colorado his whole life, mostly in Fort Collins. He enjoys time with his family, church, motorcycling, cars, traveling, and exercising. He has been a driver's education instructor since 2000 and has been on over 15,000 driving appointments, over 1,000 driving tests, and trained more than 100 motorcyclists. He enjoys working at MSDE"The staff, students, and parents here are a constant joy."
Jim is a longtime area resident. He has 35+ years as an educator/broker in real estate studies, consulting, and brokerage. He is a former adjunct faculty member with several colleges as a senior instructor of real-estate courses and general business studies.
Jim joined Mountain States Drivers Education with previous behind-the-wheel and classroom experience. Currently he is a behind-the-wheel instructor, and he also teaches Driver's Awareness courses as well as the Comprehensive Driving Course. He says Mountain States has well-trained instructors and a strong team approach. Jim believes student safety always comes first, along with real driving experience and knowledge of the driving rules. Jim is also a huge dog lover!
I am a Native of Wyoming but have lived across the United States as well as the world, including Alaska, Washington D.C., Georgia, Korea, Japan, and Jamaica. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2004 with a BS in Zoology/Physiology and Sociology as well as an MA in Sociology/Environment and Natural Resources. As a Graduate Assistant at UW I worked on research projects for manifold entities, including the National Parks Service and US Forest Service. After graduating, I was hired as a Socioeconomic Impact Analyst for Sublette County, Wyoming to research and mitigate potential negative social impacts of oil and gas extraction. When not driving, I teach Sociology at Front Range and Morgan Community Colleges. I have held sundry and seemingly incongruous jobs outside of the social sciences, serving as a Combat Cameraman in the U.S. Army for five years as well as working as a locomotive engineer.
I am from Durango, Colorado, and if you've never been, it's beautiful! I come from a long line of Colorado natives. I've lived in Fort Collins since 2011, and I spent one semester of college in Honolulu, Hawaii. I am studying psychology, but I am also an artist. I'm always working on a creative project of some kind! I have really enjoyed learning about the driving rules that pertain to new drivers. I strive to provide accurate information to every customer in addition to quality customer service.
Art has been part of the MSDE team since June, 2015. His aim is to teach students how to pass the drive test with excellence, and to provide the most diverse driving experience possible, so students are prepared to be competent, confident drivers in any road conditions and locale.
Art's approach is one of positive and supportive building of skills in a congenial atmosphere where the student's abilities are enhanced and expanded.
In his working life, Art's primary career has been in Graphic Arts— specializing in publishing, book production, web design, and writing and editorial services. Throughout his life, however, he has sought out work in as wide a variety of jobs as his capabilities would allow, with other creative, long-range goals still in process for future fulfillment.
He escaped from Southern California with his wife and daughter in 2008, both of whom were offered degrees from CSU Fort Collins. Art was brought along to do the heavy lifting and to feed the cats—none of whom are currently still alive.
Art maintains a small graphic design, production, and editorial services business when he isn't driving students un-crazy for Mountain States. He and his wife are currently re-starting Camelot Strings, a classical music performance ensemble, which had a 12-year successful run in San Diego before their moving to the Front Range.
Art says he is grateful to be working with some very distinguished, talented pros, whose wisdom, life-experience, and professionalism is inspiring and encouraging.
Melissa was born and raised in Colorado. Like most natives to this state, she loves animals: she has five dogs, two horses and a pet rat named Gizmo. It is also a little-known fact that Melissa is a prize-winning barrel racer. With her horse Scat in tow, she travels across the state of Colorado and competes among some of the best barrel racers out there. She's even won competitions in Las Vegas, Nevada!
Melissa utilizes the same hard work and dedication here at Mountain States as she does out in the arena. She serves as our scheduling specialist and works hard to get the students what they need. Whenever you need a drive test, drive times, or a permit test, Melissa will help work with you to get what needs to be done, done.
Randy brings over 30 years of Educational experience to Mountain States Driver's Education. His diversified background as a teacher, counselor, coach, and driving instructor assure that you will have a successful learning experience.
After a successful career in education, Randy and his wife Lori, left Ohio in 2015 for the sunshine and mountain beauty of Colorado. They have been loving their new hometown of Loveland.
When he is not helping students learn to become good defensive drivers, Randy loves to travel, do outdoor activities, and visit his daughter. If you do not find him in a white Mountain States car, you'll probably find him on a hiking trail!
Mandy is one of our front-desk extraordinaires here at Mountain States. She is a recent graduate of Front Range Community College, where she earned a 2-year degree that focuses on two of her favorite things: History and Art History. She is a major film buff, boasting a collection of over fifteen hundred movies and can usually name any line in most major movies. In her spare time, she loves to paint, hike, play sports, read, and spend time with her friends and family. Above all else, she loves animals and has two dogs (Dexter and Lester), a cat (Kitty), and a clever little rat named Theodore. All of which can do some pretty neat tricks.
Mandy has moved well over 16 times in her life, and has met a variety of different people from all over the world. She accredits this experience to her love of meeting new people and wanting to help just about anyone that crosses her path. She brings this ideal to Mountain States, and will often go above and beyond to get our students what they need.
David grew up in a multitude of places, including Yokota Air Force Base in Japan, Cartersville, Georgia and Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Major in English. He moved to Fort Collins in 2016 to begin a Post-Bachelor Teaching Licensure Colorado State University. His hobbies include video games and knowing way too much about cars. On top of training to be a teacher, David also brings years of car and driving related experience from delivery driving, Valvoline, and Hertz.
Mike Ortega was raised right here in northern Colorado. He graduated from Poudre High School. He worked for Woodward Governor as a machinist for ten years and then after graduating from Colorado State University he began his work with the State Of Colorado. Most of the time with the State was spent employed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Labor. He worked for the State of Colorado for over 20 years before retiring.
Mike is now enjoying his work as a Driving Instructor with Mountain States. His calm, patient personality helps him easily guide his students through their driving instruction. He approaches each student individually based on their experience and knowledge of driving a car. The ultimate goal, of course, is passing the Driver's Test and earning their Driver's License. However, Mike places a great deal of emphasis on safety when driving a car. He wants students to not only pass their test but to become safe and competent lifetime drivers.
Outside of work, the two most important things in Mike's life are his family and his heritage as a Mescalero Apache. Mike has a wife and three children. Together they have enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time in the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains. He also enjoys sharing his native culture through medicine and art that has been passed down through his family.
Wylie is a third-generation native Coloradoan who has lived in Fort Collins for the past 32 years. He is a retired school educator of 25 years, 16 of which were spent in the Poudre School district. He has also been a general contractor; a professional driver for Fed-Ex, Select Comfort, and Greenride Shuttle; a singing waiter; and a driver's education instructor for seven years.
Wylie and his wife, Linda, have been married for 41 years, have three adult children (all of whom are married), and are the proud grandparents of eleven grand children!
In Wylie's spare time he gets together with family and friends, attempts to play golf, enjoys slot racing, building things for his family, and co-hosting Financial Peace University with Linda. In addition, Wylie and Linda sing in American Tapestry; an all-adult, semi a capella singing group that is based in Northern Colorado!
Bill Snow graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Journalism and English, and has worked as a photojournalist for several newspapers throughout Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. Eventually he ended up settling down in Loveland with his wife of 25 years. In the past, he was a teacher in the Thompson Valley School District where he taught English and Reading for eight years.
Bill grew up as an Army brat and lived in several places like Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia; and Fort Huachuca, in Sierra Vista, Arizona. He's also had out-of-this-world living experiences in places like Honolulu, Hawaii; Okinawa, Japan; and on a small island in the East China Sea. All of which were just as cool as you think they'd be! He recalls the night he landed in Okinawa. He experienced an Earthquake, saw the famed SR-71 take off, and was under a Typhoon warning!
Here at Mountain States, Bill is an instructor who does everything. He is certified by both the state of Colorado and the National Safety council to teach Defensive Driver's Awareness courses, the 32-hour Comprehensive course, tutoring first-time students, and administering drive tests.
My name is Sherri Stewart. I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida. I grew up on and in the water and I absolutely love the ocean, particularly the Gulf of Mexico. I am married and I have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom I adore.
I graduated from Hillsborough High School with honors and a full scholarship to the University of Florida. After school, I owned and operated a pest-control business for 15 years. In 1997 my family and I moved to Colorado. My start with Driver's Education was with Aims Community College in 2004. I really enjoy working with the young adults. Having teenagers now and having raised another, I feel all young adults should have to take Driver's Education prior to receiving a license to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. I chose to come to work with Mountain States Driver's Education because they care about the "kids."
My hobbies include spending time with my kids and grandkids, sewing, and going back to Florida and hitting the beach as often as I can.
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2006 Chevy Malibu (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2008 Pontiac G6 (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2008 Ford Focus (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2013 Chevy Malibu LS (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2015 Chevy Cruze L1 (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2015 Chevy Cruze L2 (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2015 Chevy Cruze LS (automatic transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2015 Chevy Camaro (standard transmission).
Another of MSDE's training cars: a 2015 Chevy Equinox LS AWD (automatic transmission).