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Burgess Driving School is a state of Illinois recognized training facility, conveniently located, and staffed by friendly, experienced personnel.  We use up-to-date training methods and equipment to focus on individual student needs in a non-threatening atmosphere to provide all students with a great learning experience.  Our goal is to help create new generations of safe drivers. Burgess Driving School is owned and operated by Doug and Rachel Burgess.


Doug Burgess

Owner/Lead Instructor

Doug Burgess is the founder and Lead Instructor for Burgess Driving School.  A Law Enforcement veteran for over 20 years, Doug has a passion for helping and educating people.  Doug has worked in many divisions within the police field but believes his true calling is in instructing and teaching others to be the safest, most complete drivers on the road.

Rachel Burgess

Owner/Office Manager

Rachel Burgess is the Manager of Burgess Driving School in charge of reception and scheduling.  With a degree in education and experience as a former Children's Ministry Director, Rachel uses her skills to create a fun, professional atmosphere while organizing all materials to make each student's experience great.  


We are located at 111 W. Washington St. Suite 220, in the heart of East Peoria on the corner of Main and Washington Streets.  Conveniently nestled within sight of shopping, restaurants, a bicycle trail, and Interstate 74, we offer a large lighted parking lot and plenty of things to do within walking distance.  Drop your student off and walk to some of the great businesses that share our parking lot or go across the street for more options.  If you want more, we are minutes away from the ever popular East Peoria Levy District including WalMart, Bass Pro Shops, Kohl's, Lowes, Target, Costco and hundreds of meal options.


Mike Ott



Mike Ott is a recent retiree of the Peoria Police Department where he served in many capacities over his 29 year career.  Though he finished his career as a Sergeant in Patrol, Mike spent much of his time within the Traffic Division specializing in traffic laws and accident reconstruction.  In addition to his traffic duties and an 8 year stint as a detective, Mike was a driving instructor for the police department where he was tasked with teaching officers techniques of safe driving, and emergency vehicle operations.  

Mike is married to his wife Kari and has 4 children, Lauryn, Michaela, Max and Sam.  

Adam Singley



Adam Singley is an avid outdoorsman and the current Executive Director at Hooked on Fishing, a not-for-profit organization that provides fishing opportunities for the local communities with an emphasis on children, senior-citizens, and special needs groups. 

A native of Tremont, Illinois, Adam attended Lincoln Christian College where he met his wife Lindsey before they moved to Champaign where Adam was in full time ministry for the next 10 years.  Adam and Lindsey have two beautiful daughters, Ruby and Remy and moved back to the Tremont area to be closer to family.  When not with Lindsey or the girls, Adam spends every possible moment outdoors, hunting or fishing, or thinking about hunting and fishing. 

Adam is excited to be a part of Burgess Driving School and our mission to helping both teens and adults become better, safer drivers. 

Burgess Driving School is constantly seeking the most professional, courteous, dynamic instructors available.  Stay tuned for more information on our newest instructors.