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USC hires driving instructor after 5-year search

By Staff | Jan 27, 2014

You can add drivers education to Martin Healey’s long list of job titles.

The Wells resident works as a chemistry teacher at Waseca High School during the week, teaches personal defense classes on weekends, is an emergency medical technician on nights and also works part-time at Napa Auto Parts in Wells.

Healey is also the new drivers education instructor at United South Central.

“Driving is a lot like chemistry,” he says. “There are a lot of decisions to make and problem solving involved to follow certain procedures.”

The phrase ‘free time’ is almost non-existent to the teacher/EMT/drivers ed instructor/personal defense instructor.

However, he enjoys having something to do and helping out.

“As long as I keep everything current and up to date on my calendar, I can keep track of everything I have to do,” Healey says.

Healey attended St. Cloud for his 13 credits in order to become a licensed drivers education instructor.

He even attended USC’s drivers education class put on last summer to see how it was being taught by Larry Fosness.

“Observing a full 30-hour class was part of our training,” Healey explains. “I also had to observe behind the wheel instruction.”

Healey teaches in Waseca, but lives in Wells. That was a huge plus for the new drivers ed instructor, according to Wells community education director Marilyn Dobberstein.

“The fact he lives in Wells is very convenient. The students he will be helping are mainly Wells residents so it is nice to have him so close,” she says. “I am extremely relieved because I have been working on this for the last five years knowing some of the instructors in place were retiring. We also needed more help because of all of the students needing behind the wheel instruction.”

According to Dobberstein, the drivers education course takes a lot of time and is actually quite expensive.

Healey will not be the only instructor at USC, but he will be the only one currently living in Wells.

“Rob Stevermer helps out when he can and I hired some other instructors who help with behind the wheel they are not from our area, though,” Dobberstein says.

Healey will mainly be in charge of teaching in the classroom during the summer and instructing behind the wheel.

“I’m not nervous at all really,” Healey admits. “To be honest, it will probably be less stressful than working on an ambulance call.”

Waseca already has four drivers education instructors so Healey didn’t attempt to get a job with the Bluejays.

“This is better. I won’t have to commute,” he says.

Healey is confident he will be successful in his new endeavors. It doesn’t hurt that he loves being around cars either, he jokes.

All he has to do now is get a bigger calendar because he knows kids at USC need this instruction.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. There will always be a demand for it,” Healey explains. “I always like to learn new things. For now, I believe I have enough on my plate. I’ve expanded enough.”