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Local drivers ed instructor recognized for excellence

By: Bonnie Krueger

Allyn Workman, a drivers education teacher from the Parkway-Rockwood Community Education Program, was one of four recipients nationwide honored at a July luncheon at the ADTSEA national conference in Sacramento.

Workman was selected by his peers to receive a Teacher Excellence Award from the American Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association [ADTSEA].

Workman, who has been teaching for 17 years, was motivated to become a drivers ed instructor after he and his wife were involved in a fatal crash. The other driver, who was killed, was unbuckled and distracted, and ran through a stop sign. Workman often tells this story to his students to make them aware of the dangers of distracted driving.

In addition to teaching, Workman has served on committees working to advance and extend the reach of drivers education throughout Missouri. He has been a facilitator for the state’s First Impact program, working to increase parental awareness of teen driving risks and to improve understanding of Missouri’s GDL laws. He also has been working with state legislators to require drivers education for all new licensed drivers, which is not currently mandated in Missouri.

“Allyn is an exemplary driver education teacher,” said William Whitfield, Jr., Missouri Dept. of Transportation Highway Safety Director. “His unwavering commitment and contributions to improve traffic safety are making a difference in the classroom, community and the state.”

The Teacher Excellence Awards are given by The National Road Safety Foundation, a nonprofit group that creates driver safety education materials and makes them available at no cost to teachers and schools, police, traffic safety advocates and youth organizations.

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