Cantor’s Driving School Instructors
Cantor’s Driving School’s Experienced, Expert Instructors
Cantor’s Driving School instructors are the very best in South Florida. All instructors know how teens, adults and seniors learn to drive, so we customize our teaching approaches to our students. All Cantor’s Driving School instructors have clean driving records, child abuse clearances, have passed criminal background checks and been FBI fingerprinted.
All Cantor’s Driving School instructors are off-duty or retired police officers.
Cantor’s Driving School has taught over 50,000 people how to drive – The Driving School That Gets Results®
All Instructors Are Florida State-Licensed
Every Cantor’s Driving School instructor is licensed by the State of Florida, a rigorous process that includes driving instructor training and submission of extensive documentation proving credibility of qualifications and character, including:
- Complete the 32-hour Driving Instructor Training Course (DITC)
- Submit a commercial driving school instructor application
- Driving school owner Frank Cantor must provide a notarized statement of employment as a driving instructor at his school
- A valid Florida driver license and a clear driving record for the previous 3 years (at least), with no license “suspensions, revocations, cancellations, or disqualification”
- Submit a set of fingerprints for a fingerprint-based criminal background check
- Submit a recent, clean Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) report
- License must be renewed every year
- Source: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV)
Meet Our Driving Instructors
Glenn Topping – North Broward County and South Palm Beach County
Glenn is a retired sergeant with 25 years of service at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. During his tenure at the Sheriff’s office he was a patrol sergeant his last 20 years – on the SWAT team as a lead Hostage Negotiator, Field Force Supervisor, Tactics Instructor, and Organized Crime Detective that traveled with the DEA conducting major drug investigations around the country. Glenn is also a veteran U.S. Army Military Police sergeant. Glenn was featured on the COPS TV show when it started back in 1989 and is a good acquaintance of movie actor Johnny Depp. Glenn is a Private Investigator and runs Spyglass Investigations and Protection LLC and past bodyguard for professional rock and roll groups.
Mike Conklin – Palm Beach County
Mike is retired from the New York City Police Department. He served as a police officer for over 5 years and as a detective investigator on the highway patrol/accident investigation division for over 15 years. Mike has performed numerous criminal investigations of motor vehicle accidents with emphasis on leaving the scene, serious injuries and fatalities. After retiring from NYPD, he was a special investigator conducting insurance fraud, vehicle theft and surveillance. Mike’s background in motor vehicle accidents is an asset to teaching all ages to be defensive and safe drivers. Mike is a resident of Palm Beach County.
Keith Krakowski – Palm Beach County
Keith resides in Palm Beach County. He was a police officer in Auburn Police Department, Auburn, MA, for 8 years (4 in uniform and 4 as a detective), a police officer for 3 years in Daytona Beach, FL, and a special agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for 20 years. With DEA, he spent approximately 12 years overseas to in such countries as Colombia, Bolivia, Peru, Panama, Honduras, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Upon retirement from DEA, he became a security contractor (manager/director) in Iraq for nearly 4 years and another year in Pakistan. His education includes: MA in Criminal Justice, BS in Sociology and AS in Law Enforcement.
Ken Leon – North Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County, and Indian River County (Speaks English and Spanish)
– Speaks English and Spanish
Ken retired from the New York City Police Department (NYPD), where he served 21 years of service as a Police Officer. His duties included patrolling New York City and the surrounding five boroughs, on the streets as well as the NYC subways. A major part of his career was working at the Police Academy as an instructor, where he taught new recruits Law, Behavioral Science, Firearms and Driver’s Training. After retirement from the NYPD, he was employed by one of New York’s top security companies as a general topic instructor where he worked for four years. Ken was also an instructor for the National Safety Council-NY Chapter, teaching defensive driving courses that are taken by offenders seeking to reduce points against their driver’s licenses. He was also certified by the Red Cross as a CPR instructor. Ken is fluent in English and Spanish.
Angela Rawls – Palm Beach County
Angela is a retired Deputy Sheriff with 23 years of service at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, and was a correction officer for the Florida State Corrections Department. For five years she acted as a parking control officer for the Town of Palm Beach Police Department. She also worked as a substitute teacher and is qualified to teach first through eighth grades at public schools in the Palm Beach County School District. Angela resides in Palm Beach County with her daughter whom she taught to drive.
John Kelly – Palm Beach County
John is a retired lieutenant with 30 years of service at the West Palm Beach Police Department. During his tenure at the police department he was the Executive Officer for the Chief of Police, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau, Watch Commander, Sergeant/Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Supervisor, SWAT Sniper Team Leader, Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, Organized Crime Agent, Multi Agency Narcotic Agent, and Patrol Officer. John is also an honorable discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps as a sergeant. John is a graduate of Kaplan University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Victor Crawford – North Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County, and Indian River County
Victor is a retired Deputy Sheriff with 10 years of service at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. He started his career as a Federal Security Officer with the Department of Homeland Security. As a Deputy he served as a firearms instructor, field training officer and obtained his certification from the Florida Department of Corrections. During his tenure he excelled at ensuring the safety, health, and general welfare of the public. His training and experience covers a vast array of areas including defensive tactics, defensive driving, negotiating, search and rescue, and first aid. He previously was a driving instructor for a private commercial transportation company.
Keith Conlan – Broward County
Keith is a retired Broward Sheriff’s Deputy with over 30 years of law enforcement experience in various departments at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He started in the Department of Detention in 1987 for the Sheriff’s Office and crossed certified to Law Enforcement in 2000. He worked as a Court Deputy from 2012 to 2017. As a Deputy, he completed driver safety training for operating agency vehicles while transporting inmates to and from court. Throughout his law enforcement career he received various awards and commendations. His training covers conflict resolution and crisis management techniques. He was a member of the Court House Street Arrest Team. Keith resides in Broward County where he taught his two kids driver safety. He coached youth soccer and is currently on the Board of Directors for his Homeowners Association.
John J. Giaccio – North Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County
John recently retired from a distinguished career with the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In July of 2016, John was instrumental in the largest heroin bust in the history of Nassau County, New York. John also just retired from his position as an Adjunct College Professor of Criminal Justice at Nassau Community College, which is part the State University of New York system. John began his law enforcement career with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Department in 1985, where he was a Road Patrol Supervisor, Field Training Officer, Traffic Homicide Investigator as well as Department Instructor. John later moved on to the Federal Police Service and was assigned to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs in New York City, before joining the FBI.
Kitrick Downham – North Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County, and Indian River County
Kitrick is a retired Sewall’s Point Police Sergeant with 18 years of service. Prior to becoming a road officer, he worked at the Department of Corrections as a correctional officer for 2.5 years. During his career he served as the evidence custodian, road sergeant, field training officer, EOC liaison, chemical agent instructor, and acting Chief of Police. He was in charge of the Take Me Home project, Watchguard, and Vievu, was responsible for the security assessment program, and was involved in the bicycle safety program. Kitrick has performed numerous investigations with crimes against the elderly, identity theft, traffic accidents, and conducted local speed enforcement. He resides in the St. Lucie County area where he has taught his oldest son how to drive and is in the process of teaching his youngest the same driving skills.
Ray Toscano – North Broward County and South Palm Beach County
Ray is a veteran of the United States Navy. He served all over the world and has conducted various military missions. Ray is also a retired New York City Police Officer. During his tenure at the NYPD Ray received numerous medals and awards and was recognized as Cop of The Month on several occasions. He was in units such as Grand Larceny Auto, Street Narcotics, Burglary, Anti-Crime and Community Policing. Ray conducted successful investigations that resulted in safer New York City streets. Ray was a first responder during 9/11, and is a certified Terrorism Liaison Officer. After retiring from the NYPD, Ray moved to South Florida and worked as a Public Safety Manager in Palm Beach County. He trained and managed over 30 security officers on Active Shooter and Workplace Violence. Ray has extensive training in CPR, defibrillator, first aid, crisis management and defensive driving tactics. Throughout Ray’s career he has been devoted to ensuring the safety of others and is eager to bring his knowledge and skills to future drivers.
Frank Gesualdi – Broward County
Frank served 22 ½ years with the New York City Police Department, with over 14 years in training experience with the NYPD. As a Sergeant, Frank trained newly hired recruits in the Police Academy on the topics of law, police science and behavioral science, and conducted practical field training, with several workshops that included car stop tactics and domestic violence.
After his promotion to Lieutenant, he spent the last six years of his career with the Disorder Control Unit (DCU) specifically training the Strategic Response Group (SRG), a fast reactionary force tasked with responding to crowd control, active shooters, hazardous material (HAZMAT) conditions and large scale emergency incidents. Frank conducted training in crowd control, counter-terrorism, and HAZMAT. He also supervised the deployment of personnel and equipment with DCU’s field operations in protests and significant crowd events occurring within the five boroughs of New York City. Frank lives with his wife in Pembroke Pines.
Robert W. – Palm Beach County
Robert is a recently retired, 30+ year veteran officer of a South Florida law enforcement agency. During that time he was assigned to the Street Narcotics Unit, Tactical Impact Unit, School Resource Officer, Tactical Bike Platoon, and Road Patrol. He was named Officer of the Month for January 2010, and received numerous public and departmental commendations. He has training in CPR, defibrillator use, first aid, conflict resolution, crisis management and defensive tactics. He is a Florida native.
Jeffrey Jacobs – Palm Beach County
Jeffrey retired from the City of Miami Police Department where he served for 35 years. His law enforcement career covered a wide variety of areas. For twenty years his assignments included under-cover narcotics and vice operations as he and his team battled the drug violence in South Florida. For the next 15 years, he held the position as Chief of Public Safety for Miami-Dade College. During this second chapter of his career, Jeffrey’s mission also included Community Relations and Public Safety instructor at the Police Academy. Jeffrey was trained as an Instructor by Home Land Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he taught State first responders about disaster mitigation and criminal justice at the Police Academy. Upon retiring from the City of Miami, Jeffrey worked as a Security/Public Safety officer. He also founded his own public safety company where he is an instructor teaching public safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid, automated external defibrillators (AEDs) operation, firearms safety, and fitness and nutrition.
Eugene Szolis – Broward County
Prior to his service with Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Eugene was a Tactical Photographer with Asset Protection Team, a specialized security company founded by former members of the U.S. Secret Service. In 1996 he began his 22 years with MDPD. During his tenure he became a highly regarded Field Training Officer (FTO) providing on-the-job training to academy graduates, a computer dispatch system trainer, and a Crisis Intervention specialist. He was also certified on the operation of the 1500 gallon and 3000 gallon fire trucks/water canons and as a grenadier. One-on-one training held a special place in his heart, thus he rejected certain specialized units to remain an FTO. In 2018 he retired honorably with many accolades, commendations and awards; he is now a happy family man and Broward County resident.
Adrian Santiago – Palm Beach County
Adrian was a police officer with the New York Transit Police Department for 3 years, then served 11 years as a Police Officer with the New York City Police Department, followed by 13 years as a Sergeant with the New York City Highway Patrol Department. Adrian was an initial first responder during 9/11, and was applauded for his work ethic during this challenging time. Adrian has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College in New York City. He is currently certified as completing the Florida State Law enforcement drivers training course, and passing the state exam for transferring police officers. Adrian’s backround in motor vehicle accidents and investigations with the New York City Highway Patrol, as well as his completion of the Florida Divers Training course in 2018, will serve as strong assets in helping to teach anyone who desires to learn the safest method in driver training or enhance their driving skills. Adrian resides in Palm Beach County.
Bobbi Jo Jaime – North Palm Beach County, Martin County, St Lucie County (speaks English and American Sign Language)
Bobbi has worn many hats working in professions where she has accumulated an abundance of experience with diverse populations. She was a volunteer probation officer for the 18th Judicial District in Arapahoe County, Colorado before serving as a Police Officer in the Town of Columbine Valley, Colorado for approximately 4 years. She also worked as a code compliance officer in Colorado for over 4 years. She has a degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services working with at-risk populations. Bobbi has also worked at a local nonprofit in Palm Beach County for 2 years as a client advocate for mothers of all ages and their babies. She is passionate about serving and educating the community in any way that she can contribute. Bobbi understands that every person learns differently and strives to assist others with their own success. She resides in Palm Beach County with her husband and daughter.
Jason Zangara – Palm Beach County
Jason was a 20 year veteran officer of a South Florida law enforcement agency. During that time he was assigned to the Street Narcotics Unit, Tactical Impact Unit, School DARE, Entertainment District, Bike Patrol, Crisis Intervention, Hiring Committee and Road Patrol. He was named Officer of the Month in different months, both by his department and iHeartRadio, and received numerous public and departmental commendations. He has training in CPR, defibrillator use, first aid, street trauma, conflict resolution, crisis management and defensive tactics, advanced aggressive and defensive driving and law Enforcement pursuit tactics. He is originally from Garfield, NJ and is a graduate of University of Central Florida (UCF).
Damon Shuler – Broward County
Damon served 21 years in the United States Army. He has served in various combat missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo including training and instructor missions throughout the world including South America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Damon trained newly assigned soldiers and civilian personnel on various U.S. Military and NATO vehicles in both training and combat environments. He served as a U.S. Army Ranger instructor for 6 years and trained over 5,300 Ranger students. After retirement Damon worked in Italy as the lead background investigator for all U.S. personnel that had direct interaction with children working with the Department of Defense and U.S. Military. With the 26 years combined serving with the U.S. Military and Department of Defense, Damon’s passion was training, developing and mentoring new soldiers to become self-sufficient in their tasks. Damon is a single father and spends his free time coaching rugby, scuba diving, traveling and fishing.
Meet Our Certified Driver’s Test Examiners
Robert Ferricane – Certified Driver’s Test Examiner
Rob has worked for the DMV and the Palm Beach Tax Collector as a licensed driver license examiner for the past 14 years. Rob’s experience, especially working with student age clients, is a key asset as an examiner. Rob is married with 3 grown children and is an honorably discharged military veteran serving our country in the United States Navy.
Matt Reilly – Certified Driver’s Test Examiner
Bio coming soon.
James Nelson – Certified Driver’s Test Examiner
James is Palm Beach County resident. Prior to moving to Palm Beach, James was a Lieutenant with the Keansburg, NJ Police Department for 25 years, retiring in 2016. During his police career, he served as a patrol officer as well as detective including 3 years working as an undercover narcotics detective. After being promoted to Sergeant, he went back into uniformed patrol as a shift commander for 5 years. He remained in that position until he was promoted to Lieutenant for the remaining 5 years of his career as a patrol commander. He also served as a field training officer as well as the department’s radar instructor until retirement.
Employment for Driving Instructors
Cantor’s Driving School is always looking for good driving instructors. Call us at 954-740-1103 to inquire about current opportunities, or send an email with your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.