The mission of Cornhusker Driving School is to ensure driving excellence while meeting the unique needs of all learners. After successfully completing this course, students will demonstrate competency in understanding the principles of safe driving such as defensive driving, traffic controls, pavement markings, right of way, lane changing, effects of alcohol and other drugs, distractions, licensing process, and so much more!! Students will learn to drive with proactive driving skills that help them recognize problems in the driving scene and make decisions regarding the practices of other drivers. This education will enable them with the skills necessary to function safely in a complex driving environment.
Meet Our Instructors
Dr. Pat Venditte - Founder
Patrick Venditte Ed.D graduated from Peru State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He received his Masters and Specialist Degree in Education at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his Specialist Degree in Gerontology and a Doctorate in Education at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Dr. Venditte has taught classroom, simulator, driving range and behind the wheel driving. Since 1966, he has instructed more than 6,000 students in driver safety training. He continues to teach Driver Education at several Omaha schools as well as his own private classes through Cornhusker Driving School.
Mr. Tony Venditte - Instructor
Tony graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a
Bachelor's of Science Degree. He is a former Douglas County Deputy
Sherriff and has been working at Cornhusker Driving School for over 20 years.
He is licensed with the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles,
and certified with the State of Nebraska Law Enforcement Training
Center. Mr. Venditte teaches both classroom and behind the wheel driving
Mr. LaMon Marion - Instructor
Mr. LaMon Marion received his Driver’s Education Endorsement through University of Nebraska Kearney and has been teaching Driver's Education since 2000. In addition to his Driver's Education Endorsement he is also is certified by the State of Nebraska to do senior citizen evaluation. Mr. Marion worked with Immunel Hospital in their Rehab Department for many years helping patients get back behind the wheel. He enjoys bowling in his spare time and has even scored a perfect game. Mr. Marion is a volunteer for Muddy Paw Second Chance Rescue.
Mrs. Jennifer Otten - Instructor
Otten received her Driver's Education certification from UNK. She has
taught Driver's Education for over 20 years in Kansas and Nebraska both
in the classroom and behind-the-wheel. She joined Cornhusker Driving
School in 2018. Mrs. Otten is also an elementary music teacher for Elkhorn Public Schools.
Mr. Ross Venditte - Instructor
graduated from Wayne State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in
Criminal Justice. He currently works full time with the Douglas County
Sheriffs Office. Certified with the State of Nebraska Department of
Motor vehicles he teaches behind the wheel driving instruction.
Mrs. Sharee Venditte - Instructor
Mrs. Sharee Venditte is married to Mr. Ross Venditte and they have two children. Sharee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice. She worked in child welfare for the last twenty years. In 2019, Sharee decided to make a career change and became a state certified drivers education instructor. She now works full time for Cornhusker Driving School.
Mr. Jared Andersen - Instructor
Andersen is in his 15th year being Special Education teacher and coach
in the Omaha Public School district (Omaha Bryan 2004-2013 & Omaha
North 2013-present). Mr. Andersen is currently the Varsity Boys and
Girls Tennis coach at North High. Mr. Andersen has 2 great kids (Vanna
& Mack) to keep him busy with sports and activities. This is Mr.
Andersen's first year being a behind the wheel instructor for Cornhusker
Mr. Dave Williams - Instructor
Mr. Williams worked for the Omaha Public Power District for almost 35 years in the Engineering Division as well as their Human Resources Wellness Coordinator. During many of those years he also taught the Smith System driver training system to both new and existing employees. Mr. Williams is married and has 2 adult children as well as 2 grandchildren. He is a former city council and school board member as well as a long time volunteer for many community organizations many of which are in his former home town of Valley NE. Mr. Williams is also a long time active member of the Cornhusker Corvette Club. In his spare time Mr. Williams enjoys ice fishing, hunting, auto-crossing, cowboy fast draw and handyman do it yourself projects.
"I take driver training very serious, while at the same time I want the student to enjoy this opportunity to learn how to drive safely".
Miss Katy Venditte - Instructor
Miss Katy Venditte received her Driver Education certification from Southeast Community College. She graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration as well as a Masters Degree in Elementary Education. Katy works in the Omaha Public School District full time as a 2nd grade teacher and will be going into her 4th year of teaching. She is looking forward to teaching Driver Education in her spare time.
Anna - Instructor
Anna graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism-Public Relations. She traveled for the USGA doing Marketing and Public Relations for their major golf tournaments. She returned to Omaha to take over the day to day operations of the driving school. In addition to her Driver Education certifications she is also certified in Child Passenger Safety (CPS). She has been working as a classroom and behind the wheel instructor for the past five years.
Mr. Leo Yrkoski - Instructor
Leo taught classroom, simulator, and in car instruction for Omaha Public Schools from 1976 to 1979. He has been an instructor with Cornhusker Driving School for over 10 years.
Mr. Harry Gaylor - Instructor
Gaylor is a public school teacher at Omaha Central High School. He is the longest tenured teacher in the district. Harry is in charge
of Central's Marketing and DECA programs. Mr. Gaylor recently celebrated his 50th year at Central High School. He has been a behind the wheel
instructor for over 10 years.