Our Team

Mountain States Driver's Education is run by a group of skillful and friendly driving instructors. We are backed by decades of experience in teaching new drivers the fundamentals of road safety. The safety and success of our students are our top priorities at MSDE. All of our instructors are listed below. We invite you to get to know them!

Smith,Anthony

Anthony Smith

Anthony is a Northern Colorado native and has lived his entire life in Fort Collins and the surrounding areas. He has been a driver's education instructor since 2000. Throughout the years he has been on over 15,000 driving appointments, over 1,000 driving tests, and trained more than 100 motorcyclists. He finds the MSDE staff, as well as the students and parents he meets, to be a constant joy in his life.

On his off-time, he enjoys spending time with his family, church community, and focusing on his hobbies, which includes motorcycling, cars, traveling, and exercise.

Brown,Jim

Jim Brown

Jim is a longtime area resident. He joined Mountain States Drivers Education with previous behind-the-wheel and classroom experience. Currently, he is a behind-the-wheel instructor and also teaches Driver's Awareness and Comprehensive Driving courses for MSDE. He is proud to be a member of our team because of our well-trained instructors and strong team approach. Jim believes student safety always comes first, along with real driving experience and knowledge of the driving rules.

On top of driver's education, Jim is a huge dog lover and real estate expert. He has over 35 years worth of experience as an educator in real estate studies, consulting, and brokerage, as well as a practicing broker. He is a former adjunct faculty member with several colleges as a senior instructor of real-estate courses and general business studies.

Davis,MJ

MJ Davis

MJ is from Durango, Colorado and believes that if you have never visited, then you're missing out on a ton of local beauty! She comes from a long line of Colorado natives. She has lived in Fort Collins since 2011. She finds the driving rules that pertain to new customers to be fascinating. She always strives to provide accurate information to every customer in addition to quality customer service.

MJ spent one semester of college in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a psychology student and a talented artist. She can always be caught working on a creative project of some kind.

Flynn,Melissa

Melissa Flynn

Melissa is a prize-winning barrel racer, putting that same hard work and dedication for the sport to use here at MSDE. She rotates between all four locations helping with all aspects of the office. Whether you need to schedule drive times, a permit or driving test, or have any other questions, Melissa will work her magic to get you what you need and on the road.

Melissa was born and raised in Colorado. Like many other state natives, she has a passion for animals, especially horses and her little dachshund Maya. With her horse Scat in tow, Melissa enjoys traveling across the state of Colorado and competing with some of the best barrel racers out there. She even won a competition in Las Vegas!

Jutte,Randy

Randy Jutte

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 ensures that you will have a successful learning experience.

Randy and his wife, Lori, moved to Colorado in 2015, after a successful education career in Ohio. They currently live in 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 he isn't in a white Mountain States' car, then you'll probably find him on a hiking trail!

Ortega,Michael

Michael Ortega

Mike is an exceptional member of the Mountain States Driver's Education team. His calm and patient personality helps him easily guide his students through their driving instruction. He takes an individualistic approach to his instruction and takes their experience and prior car driving knowledge into consideration. The ultimate goal is to get his students to pass the Driver's License Test and earn their Driver's license. Mike also greatly emphasizes care safety. He wants his students to not only pass their test, but to also become safe and competent lifetime drivers.

Mike was raised in Northern Colorado and graduated from Poudre High School and Colorado State University. He worked for Woodward Governor as a machinist for ten years before beginning work for the State Department. Most of his time with the State was spent as an Administrative Law Judge for the Department of Labor. He retired after 20 years and now enjoys spending his time with his wife and three children. Together they spend their time traveling, camping, and soaking in the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Besides his family, the most important thing in Mike's life is his Mescalero Apache heritage. He enjoys sharing his native culture through medicine and art that has been passed down through his family.

Smith,Wylie

Wylie Smith

Wylie is a third-generation native Coloradoan who has lived in Fort Collins for the past 32 years. He is a retired school educator, and utilizes his 25 years of experience in his instruction of new drivers. In addition to working for 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, and are the proud grandparents of eleven grand children! In his spare time, he enjoys getting together with family and friends, attempting to play golf, slot racing, building things for his family, and co-hosting Financial Peace University with Linda. In addition, he and Linda sing in American Tapestry, an all-adult semi a capella singing group that is based in NoCo!

Snow,Bill

Bill Snow

Here at MSDE, 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.

Bill grew up as an Army brat and lived in several places like Fort Devens, MA, Hunter Army Airfield, GA, and Fort Huachuca, AZ. He has also lived in places like Honolulu, Okinawa, and on a small island in the China Sea. He has had out of this world experiences in all of these places. 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! He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Journalism and English. He has worked as a photojournalist for several newspapers throughout Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas. He and his wife of 25 years eventually settled down in Loveland. He has past experience as a teacher for the Thompson Valley School District where he taught English and Reading for eight years.

Stewart,Sherri

Sherri Stewart

Sherri began her career in Driver's Education at Aims Community College in 2004. She loves working with young adults, and has had the joy of raising teens of her own. She believes that all young adults should take Driver's Ed prior to receiving a license so they can learn the necessary skills to make them the best driver possible. She chose to come work with Mountain States Driver's Education because they care about the kids.

Sherri was born and raised in Tampa, FL. She grew up on and in the water and absolutely loves the ocean, particularly the Gulf of Mexico. She is married and has three children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, sewing, and going back to Florida. She tries to hit the beach as often as possible.