Our Amazing Crew

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Ryan Marx
(507) 696-5577


I began with EDI as an instructor in Rochester in 2010 shortly after it was founded.  Months later I started the first EDI program outside of Rochester at PEM, and eventually transitioned into the ownership role for all MN operations.  I have been a high school teacher for 22 years and have a true passion for students' safety and well being.  I have seen first-hand the tragic results of driving mistakes made by new drivers, and the devastating effect it can have on families and communities.  At EDI our mission is to instill a deeper understanding of all that is involved in the responsiblity of driving, and truly take each student's skills to a higher level.

I have included contact information for instructors, however this should only be used for last minute scheduling changes or issues. Instructors cannot schedule driving hours over the phone, this must be done via the student portal.  For all other questions, please use our contact link above or call 507-993-2708

EDI - Rochester & surrounding area


Office Admin & Lead Instructor
2010 EDI Alumni comes back to educate a New Generation.  Sam has worked his way up to being an integral part of this team as Lead. 

Sam Cox


(507) 421-9258


Dover/Eyota Driving Instructor
The King of Dover/Eyota Driver's Ed :)   Damon is our primary classroom instructor at D-E, providing classes in the fall, spring, and summer.

Damon Hammel


(507) 273-1765


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Aaron is a top notch young man who is sharp and is able to explain things in a way that build understanding.  An excellent instructor. 

Aaron Olson


(507) 358-0067


PEM Driving Instructor
Adam has been teaching driver's ed at PEM  since 2014.  His dedication to students' skills and safety in unparalleled!

Adam Olig


(920) 979-3100


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

One of the most sincere people you'll meet.  He truly cares about his students. 

John Pereda


(507) 250-7366


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Alexi has been with EDI the longest and is committed to Building Safe Drivers.  He is our primary Classroom Instructor and almost all EDI students know Alexi for his fun demeanor and straight forward education. 

Alexi Paizis


(507) 254-7470


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Excellent rapport with students as they find trust and value in what Isabel says.   

Isabel Cardenas


(507) 251-0282


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Experience and patience.  Bob knows what he is doing and always gives 100%

Bob Hunskor


(507) 884-9594


Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Brandon has a way to making students feel comfortable.  Knowledgeable and focused he makes the most out of a 2 hour lesson!

Brandon Gerlach



EDI East - Winona & La Crescent


Winona & LaCrescent Lead

Keeping the East Side at its best! 

Travis Mayer


(608) 406-0231

Winona & LaCresent

Classroom & BTW Instructor

Kind Heart and Dedicated to Safety - Teens connect well with Deb.



(608) 769-2102

Winona & LaCrescent

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

A strong desire to make sure teens are ready for solo driving.  Passion for safety.



(715) 299-1800


Winona & LaCresent

Behind-the-Wheel Instructor

Knowledgeable and fun.- a great pick for students.

Colleen Daddy


(763) 227-0630

Adam Newbloom

Founder of EDI

I built EDI from the ground up in 2009, the year my Twin Daughters were born.  After spending 7 years as a Deputy Sheriff and seeing the need for safer drivers on our roads I wanted to create something to help all parents feel more confident when their teen becomes a solo driver.  Driver's education has a poor image because so many programs are not providing the level of education your teen needs.  I care about your teen's safety and the base of education they need to lower their risk as a teen driver.  

I also firmly believe a program should evolve with the new challenges drivers face. With my experience and feedback from my instructors we are always looking for ways to build stronger drivers.  Complex driving tasks like "over-steer and under-steer  become second nature for students when they understand it.  The physics of driving as well as understanding technology and its function is another important component to our program.  

We will always be your best choice because we continuously mold our program around the needs of our students and parents.  Please contact me with any questions or comments.