Instructors

Travis Kowalski: Owner/Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

I started working as a driving instructor for Ready Driving Academy.  When the owner decided to retire he approached me about opening my own company which is how Mississippi Valley Driving School started.  My full time job is teaching Social Studies at Holmen High School where I also enjoy coaching football and running the summer weight lifting program.  My certifications include a DOT license in driver education and I am also a member of the Wisconsin Professional Driving School Association. I have successfully worked with students of all ages and ability levels across multiple disciplines.  My greatest asset is that I understand the needs of students and I am willing to take whatever steps are necessary to make sure your teenager is successful in whatever they do.  I firmly believe that in order to be successful you need to enjoy what you do and that is my approach to teaching driver’s ed.  I want students to feel safe and yet enjoy the process of obtaining their driver’s license.

Contact Info: 608-780-9781 & mississippivalleydriving@gmail.com or kowalskitravis@gmail.com

 

Richard Kastenschmidt: Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Richard worked for the Holmen School District as a physical education teacher and driver’s ed instructor for 33 years.  While working at Holmen he was also a basketball coach for 18 years.  In his time as an instructor he has taught driver’s ed for the Holmen High School, Western Technical College, Ready Driving Academy, and now Mississippi Valley Driving School.  Richard is one of the most experienced driving instructors in the state of Wisconsin.  He holds a DPI and DOT license in driver education and is also a member of the Wisconsin Professional Driving School Association.  Richard enjoys working with students and always does his best to ensure all the students he drives with will have the tools to become a safe driver.

Contact Info: 608-526-9725

 

Jon Parkhurst: Classroom & Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Jon is the newest member of Mississippi Valley Driving School.  He currently works for the Holmen School District as a 9-12 Social Studies teacher.  Jon holds a DOT license in driver education and is a member of the Wisconsin Professional Driving School Association.  Jon has a passion for teaching young drivers the rules of the road while still keeping the students interested in learning.