Thursday, December 12, 2019
After almost three decades of being the driver’s education coordinator for Kasson-Mantorville, Bryan Johnson will be passing the keys to Dillon Denter as Denter will now the driver’s education coordinator.


K-M’s Driving Instructors switch roles

Almost four decades ago, Bryan Johnson began his career as a driver's education teacher for Kasson-Mantorville.

Although, he will still be continuing to teach the course this fall, he will be passing off his responsibility of being the drivers education coordinator, to Dillon Denter, who has been teaching driver's education under Johnson for almost a decade.

Center began his career as a driver's education teacher when he first became a teacher in the Kasson-Mantorville School District. Denter was looking for ways to get involved with extracurricular activities and ways to be involved with the community and as luck would have it, a fellow staff member told him about an opening in the driver's education program.  

“A former staff member approached me about getting involved with driver education and the importance and responsibility this position holds. He was retiring and my career was just beginning. I was then introduced to Bryan and after meeting with him about the program I began to realize what an amazing program this was. You do not find many driver education programs still available through school districts. Many driving schools are separate, private identities. Being a part of a program like this was too good to pass up,” said Denter.

For Johnson, he explained that he became motivated to become a driving instructor, because of his favorite teacher growing up.

“My favorite teacher in elementary school was my 5th grade teacher, Mr. Bleichner (Mr. B.) He was such a wonderful teacher and was also my drivers ed instructor. I knew I wanted to someday work with young people and he had been an inspiration to me,” Johnson explained.

Johnson explained, that his favorite part of teaching driver's education is seeing how much students improve from when they first get behind the wheel all the way until they get their license and after.

After coordinating the program for the past 26 years, Johnson is looking forward to passing off the keys to Denter, as he knows the program will be in good hands under his leadership.

“Jim Sands passed the responsibility of coordinating this driver's education  program on to me about 26 years ago and I thank him for giving me that opportunity. The number of students we teach each year has grown too close to 110 which keeps Mr. Denter and I quite busy, but that is a good thing. Dillon has been working with me for over eight  years and I have complete faith in him to keep the program running smoothly as he takes over the responsibility of coordinating the K-M Driver Education Program as of June 1st.  Dillon and I are basically switching roles as he will now teach the classroom portion and I will continue to give the behind the wheel  lessons for another three years under his leadership,”

Johnson explained, that his favorite part of teaching driver's education is seeing how much students improve from when they first get behind the wheel all the way until they get their license and after.

“My most enjoyable part of teaching driver education is seeing our students improve and gain confidence. I have always said that if they forget my name that is ok, just don’t forget what I taught you. With that said, I must say that I truly enjoy seeing past students and chatting with them about their memories of behind the wheel,” Johnson said.

Denter explained, that he feels very honored to be able to follow in Johnson’s foot steps.

“To follow in Bryan's foot steps is an honor. He has been a great teacher, coworker, sidekick, and most importantly, a great friend. I have learned so much from him. I have and will continue to enjoy our time together making sure we have the best driver education program available for all current and future students as well,” Denter said.

At the end of the day, Denter is looking forward to helping the drivers education program stay strong, after Johnson laid down the foundation for many years.

“I am looking forward to continuing the longevity of this amazing driver education program Kasson-Mantorville has continued to have through the decades. Bryan has had an outstanding tenure as our program coordinator and I want to be sure this program continues for years to come.”


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