A Minot man has been recognized by the National Safety Council.
Dale Ludwig has been teaching driver’s education for almost 30 years.
He’s been the driver’s ed teacher in Minot Public Schools for 19 years and it’s no surprise he’s been nationally recognized.
Dale Ludwig/Driver’s Education, Minot Public Schools: “Driver’s ed, it’s kind of a passion, it’s a lifetime skill that the kids have. It’s something they’ll use their whole life. Not everything in education is used completely through their whole life.”
(Becky Farr/KX News) Ludwig was recently named National Defensive Driving Course Instructor of the Year.
The Defensive Driving Course is an eight hour exercise at the end of driver’s ed to make sure his young students remember what they learned.
Ludwig: “I’ve been recognized state wide several times but this is the first national one and it’s nice to know that people in the nation understand what’s happening here with us.”
Ludwig sits right up top of the Duane Carson Stadium box and watches from above as he instructs 12 cars in 12 different exercises.
Ludwig: “Remeber the simple things guys. Blinkers and blind spots, blinkers and blind spots.”
Becca Nord/Student: “He is an easy going teacher. If you have questions, I’m not shy to ask. He’s easy to talk with.”
Allyn Newbury/Student: He kind of, I don’t know. He just doesn’t really yell at us. You’d think they kind of would if we messed up, but he’s encouraging.”
By the way, you can see Ludwig talking while the students are driving – and they can hear his instructions over the car radio.
He says it’s great teaching kids something they’ll use the rest of their lives.