ABOUT BURGESS DRIVING SCHOOL

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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.

OWNERS/MANAGERS
LOCATION
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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/Business Manager

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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.  

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Debbie Barnes

Office Manager

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.

Debbie Barnes is the Office Manager at Burgess Driving School assisting with all aspects of daily operations. A graduate of Bradley University with a degree in communication, Debbie has a wide range of knowledge and experience from corporate communications to ministry administration.  Debbie is married to Jeff and is a mom of two teenagers so she understands the excitement and stress of having a new driver in the house.  Debbie is always ready to help and answer any questions you may have.

ADDITIONAL STAFF
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Mike Ott

Instructor

 

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.  

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Trish Taylor

Instructor

 

Trish Taylor is a retired Peoria Police Officer after 29 years. In her final year of service she received the American Legion officer of the year award. Trish spent time in patrol, vice and narcotics and was a member of the special response team. Trish enjoyed her eight years serving as a field training officer teaching new officers how to do the job professionally and effectively. Trish has a passion for teaching people new things and is very patient. She looks forward to working with Burgess Driving School with both teen and adult drivers.

 

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Charlie Thomas has been teaching drivers education In the area for more than 20 years.  Retiring from Woodruff High School where he was the Drivers Education teacher and Head Basketball Coach, Charlie continues to share his knowledge in the private sector at Burgess Driving School.   

Charlie Thomas

Instructor

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Ivy Thornton is a 19 year law enforcement veteran who continues to serve as a Sergeant in the Patrol Division.  A resident of East Peoria, Ivy is passionate about the community she serves as well as the community she lives in.  With two teen drivers in the family, Ivy understands what it takes to develop the skills necessary to be safe and courteous while behind the wheel.  Ivy is excited to join Burgess Driving School and continue educating new drivers.  

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Instructor