By: Ali Elizabeth Turner
Selfless service is how and why Arrows Driving School was birthed. Arrows Driving School, which serves the Huntsville, Madison, Athens, and Decatur areas, was founded and is currently operated by an Army NCO Veteran, Mary Robbins. “Training Soldiers” was a trademark of Mary’s while serving in the United States Army, and she continues this trend by teaching others to drive. Her philosophy is “seeing a need, meeting a need.” The driving school came about after learning that one of her church teens, age 17, did not know how to drive. What a great opportunity this was for Mary to “see a need, meet a need!” As she began teaching the 17 year old to drive, a question arose: How many others are there with the same need? And at that time the idea of becoming a driving instructor was birthed. Teaching someone a skill requires passion, patience, self-control, and empathy — all of which Mary adopted over the years of training soldiers. Mary says, “I am highly motivated to give a new driver everything they need to be safe and competent on the roads of Alabama and beyond.” I asked, “I bet you have that brake pedal ready on the righthand side, right?” She laughed in the affirmative. And I, for one, am grateful she is selfless in her service once again for the benefit of others!
Researchers have found “a teacher’s experiences increase a teacher’s effectiveness.” Studies show a teaching experience is positively associated with student achievement. The more experience the teacher has, the greater the learning of the student; and the effectiveness increases at a greater rate. These studies prove true at Arrows Driving School. As a result of her years of experience in training soldiers, training first-time drivers is a natural use of her skills.
Mary has had the pleasure of not only teaching first-time drivers, but restoring the confidence of drivers who have been in serious accidents. She takes her job as seriously as looking out for soldiers in a combat zone, but does it with a twinkle in her eye. As her website says, “Getting behind the wheel is an exciting time; we teach you how to do it responsibly.” She will teach you how to safely operate a vehicle, the rules of the road, defensive driving, and how to drive confidently. After speaking with her it is apparent that she absolutely loves what she does.
Here is a direct quote from one of the parents:
Thank you so very much for giving my daughter the confidence to drive. I can truly see that she is pumped up and ready to drive. Whereas, before she was depressed with driving. I will indeed continue to allow her to drive safely on the road. Thank you also for the many tips you have given her along the way. She most definitely was blessed beyond measure to have you as her instructor.
I hope that all is well with you and your family. I thought that I would let you know that Esperanza passed her Driving License Road Test. I am so proud of her!!! Thanks again for giving her exactly what she needed to pass her test. Have a great day!!
Arrows Driving School offers packages that are bundled in 1.5-hour blocks that range from 4 hours to 24, depending on the needs of the student. Each session begins on Monday and goes consecutively until Thursday. From November-February, classes are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; from March-October, they are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CDT.
What are the advantages of learning to drive through Arrows Driving School? One-to-one training from someone who loves what they do and is the founder and CEO of the company. Upon successful completion of your training, you will earn a certificate of completion which helps with insurance discounts. Mary believes in putting both students and their parents at ease, and as part of Arrows Driving School’s service, students get door-to-door pick up and drop off. Her Army experience has uniquely positioned her to be, as she says, “called to serve, and equipped to train.” For further information on how to empower your child or yourself as a driver, contact Arrows Driving school today. You can book online at www.arrowsdrivingschool.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
By: Ali Elizabeth Turner