10362 Mastin     Overland Park, Ks. 66212    (913) 310-9898


Driver Education

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Driver Education School - The Instructors

All Instructors are Certified and Licensed by the Kansas Board of Education to teach Driver Education. They have hundreds of years of Driver’s Education experience.

Carol Harder: Ms. Harder recently retired from two excellent School Districts. Carol taught at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School for 24 years. Ms. Harder taught Driver Education in the “after school” and “summer programs” in the Blue Valley School District. Carol and Joe Harder opened the Harder Performance Driving School, when closure of the state funded program in Shawnee Mission Schools seemed imminent. At SMNW, Ms. Harder taught full time in the Art Department, specializing in Jewelry, Photography and Sculpture. She has taught k-12 as well as University Level. Carol received her BA and MFA from Wichita State University. Her PhD studies were at the University of Kansas. Carol has been a practicing Artist since 1970, her jewelry designs have been published in several books. Carol loves to travel the world and to photograph all her creative eye sees.

Joe Harder: Mr. Harder is the present owner of Harder Performance Driving School. He opened the school with Carol Harder when the Shawnee Mission School District closed the state funded program in 2001. (Carol Harder continues to teach and to drive with Harder Performance Driving Students) Mr. Harder received his Certificate and License from the Kansas Board of Education. Under Joe’s outstanding leadership, Harder Performance Driving School has become the largest and most respected Driving School in the State of Kansas. He enjoys outdoor sports, camping, fishing, and traveling. He especially enjoys teaching and driving with Harder Performance students.

Joe Lawless: Mr. Lawless is certified at the National Level and has been teaching Law Enforcement Emergency Driver Education for area Police Departments. He has been in the Dare Program in the Shawnee Mission School District. Mr. Lawless National Level expertize enriches our already excellent program. Joe has one son and triplet girls. Coach Joe enjoys sports and Coaching.

Cy Van Hoecke: Cy has lived in the Blue Valley district for the past 15 years and is a real asset in the area. Cy is a retired Sheet Metal Project Manager/Detailer with the union for the past 30 years. He has Master Mechanical License in Kansas, Missouri, and Louisiana. He managed and detailed multimillion dollar jobs. He is a LEED accredited professional which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”. His work at Allied Signal/Honeywell for the government had Top Security clearance for the past ten years. Cy received his certification under the Kansas Board of Education and joined our Driver Education Team at the beginning of 2010. He loves football, golf and being outdoors but most of all, traveling with his wife. He believes you should find something “nice” to do for others “every day".

James Laughlin: Coach Jim has been a full time Blue Valley Teacher for many years. He has been the Girls Softball Coach, Golf Coach, Baseball Coach, plus he has coached Middle School Football and Basketball. Jim has been an inspiration to the many young people he has worked with over the years. His easy ability to relate is a great positive for the Harder Performance Driver Education Team. Needless to say, Coach Jim enjoys sports and his family.

Charles Seawood: Coach Seawood was a Driver Education, Industrial Arts Teacher, Track and Soccer Coach in the Shawnee Mission School District for 37 years. He retired from Blue Valley Driver Education after 18 years. Mr. Seawood taught adult Driver Education at JCCC, graduate and undergraduate Driver Education classes at Emporia State University. He was the head soccer coach at SMNW when they won the 1990 Kansas State Boys Soccer Championship. He is currently the javelin coach at Shawnee Mission East. Mr. Seawood has a BA from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and a Master’s Degree in Driver and Traffic Safety Center at Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, Mo. He enjoys traveling and sports.