About Us

Thomas and Barb, owners and operators of Keys Driving

Thomas Keyes

Thomas Keyes

UW Bachelors

CMU Michigan Driver Education Instructor Graduate Program

As a father and grandfather, I appreciate parent’s concern for their children’s safety. Driving is a giant step on the road to adulthood and independence. It should begin with a strong foundation of self-discipline and consideration. We treat our students with respect for individual learning styles and attention to fine points of driving practice. We strive to instill positive attitudes, defensive driving and patience with other roadway users.

 

Barb Barteau

Barb Barteau

CMU Bachelors in Education

GVSU Masters in Education

CMU Michigan Driver Education Instructor Graduate Program

I have been a public school teacher for many years, teaching students with learning disabilities, emotional impairment, juveniles in detention, and many other educationally challenged students of all ages. In June of 2010, I retired to spend more time with my husband teaching teens to drive. Your student should expect to pass the state exam when they take our driver education course. We are experienced educators who use a variety of instructional strategies to ensure the important facts are learned, practiced and recalled for the exam and while driving.

 

Ben Barteau

Ben Barteau

GVSU Bachelors Finance & Accounting

Michigan Driver Education Instructor Program

The most recent addition to the Keys Driving team is Ben Barteau. He completed his 200 hour driver instructor education in 2011 and is licensed by the State of Michigan to instruct students both in class and on the road. Ben says he is happy to be able to bring his enthusiasm and accident free driving experience to the students of the Grand Haven and Spring Lake area. “I’m looking forward to fostering the gradual skill development that is needed to be safe in today’s traffic environment. More than ever before, we need patience and courtesy on the roadways and complete attention to the task. Too many people believe they can accomplish additional chores while “on their way.” Today’s safe drivers are skilled, calm and attentive. I can help students develop those “good driver attributes” in a supportive way.

 

Rhonda

Rhonda Zost

Rhonda Zost

Michigan Driver Education Instructor Program

Keys is pleased to introduce our newest driving instructor. Rhonda Zost has been in education for many years here in the Grand Haven area. She is a fully licensed driver’s education instructor in the State of Michigan. She brings patience, confidence and the ability to connect with teens that we at Keys Driving value so much. We know your student will have a positive experience when learning and driving with Rhonda!

Rhonda explains why she enjoys teaching driving to teens: “As a resident of the Tri-Cities area for 10 years now, my extensive experience working with the school district lead to my decision to teach Driver’s Education. My primary goal is to focus upon the needs of each individual student, assess his/her skills and build upon those skills by emphasizing the positive in a friendly and supportive manner. I also want each student to enjoy learning important and valuable driving techniques; and develop the realization that being behind theĀ  wheel is a privilege to be appreciated.”