Primo Driving School Team
Primo Driving School is very proud of our team of driving instructors which includes teachers, coaches, and educational administrators in local communities. All of our driving instructors are trained to meet the educational needs of all types of student learners.
Our instructors are all fully licensed by the state of NJ Motor Vehicle Commission (NJ MVC) as commercial driving instructors, and they have all been personally trained by Lou Marzullo, the owner of Primo Driving School. Further, every one of our driving instructors is insured and bonded as required by the State of New Jersey as well as being Drive Safer Certified™.
Our senior driving instructors are Lou Marzullo and Eric McElroy, both of whom possess years of experience and knowledge in new teen driver training. Lou has been a physical education and drivers ed teacher at Waldwick High School in Bergen County for over 10 years, having previously coached football and track. Eric also teaches drivers ed at Verona High School in Essex County, and is the head basketball coach there. Their experiences teaching, coaching, and behind the wheel training make them highly qualified and experienced in teaching new teen drivers of all levels and needs.
Meet The Primo Team
Senior Instructor | Owner
Lou has been a driver education teacher both in the classroom and behind the wheel for over 17 years. Lou has been teaching health and physical education at Waldwick High School since 2001. A father of 2 boys, Lou loves coaching and mentoring. Lou started Primo Driving School in 2004, when he realized that his hometown of Cedar Grove was under-serviced by quality driving instruction, and wanted to make a difference close to home. When Lou is not teaching in the classroom or behind the wheel, you might bump into him in the gym, on the basketball court, or even slaving over a hot stove, preparing one of his favorite Italian dishes.
Lou has been blessed by the gift of teaching and sharing great experiences teaching teenage drivers. Lou has even been awarded the coveted “World’s Best Driving Instructor” coffee mug from one of his students!
Eric is one of Primo Driving School’s Senior Instructors and he has been a driving instructor for over 10 years. Eric, also known as “MAC”, is a health, physical education and driver education teacher at Verona High School. He is also the proud head Basketball and Golf Coach for the Verona High School Hillbillies. Eric is the proud father of two sons, Shawn and Michael, and he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family in Martha’s Vineyard. Eric became a driving instructor because he loves being on the open road and teaching, coaching and working with kids – almost as much as he loves pizza, ice cream and potatoes!
Eric’s most memorable moment as a driving instructor was having a parent of one of his former student athletes bringing a cake over to his house to celebrate their son getting his license!
Jessica is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. Jess works at an elementary school and coaches high school girls soccer and boys and girls track. An animal lover, she has four dogs and five cats that have a lot of energy! She loves cheese burgers, Reese’s Pieces and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. When she’s not teaching new drivers, she may be running a 5k, painting or walking her army of dogs! Jess became a behind the wheel driving instructor because she loves coaching, teaching and meeting new people, and her relaxed, easy going personality helps new drivers remain calm and stay focused.
Jess loves when parents want to take a picture of their son or daughter in the car – although the students complain, Jess always has something funny to share to get her student to smile for the pic!
Jeff is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. Why I became an instructor? It’s more why do I still instruct!
Jeff was first certified as a driving instructor over 35 years ago with Taggart’s Driving School, one of the original “true” dual control (steering, gas and brake) driving schools in NJ. He always tells his students it took him 5 years to learn how to drive a car; however, he actually got his drivers license after driving for only one day!
Jeff found out that he really didn’t know how to drive until he took the instructor training course with Taggart!
Steve recently joined Primo Driving School as a certified driving instructor. Steve became a driving instructor because he knows how difficult it can be in the beginning, and he has the skills and knowledge to share that helps new drivers learn to drive safely.
Steve is a car guy at heart, and works at Mercedes when he is not behind the wheel. He also loves working with teens, and he is a girls high school soccer coach too! Steve’s favorite foods include pasta and stuffed pizza, when he’s not munching on Cheez-it snack mix!
If you like techno music and dogs, Steve is the instructor for you! Be sure to ask Steve about Bella, his Golden Doodle!
Jimmy is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. Jimmy has been teaching driver education for 2 years now, and he’s a retired police officer and current EMT worker.
Jimmy is a huge Mets and Giants fan, and baseball is his favorite sport. He loves Classic Rock music and spending time with his 2 sons.
Jimmy became a driving instructor because he loves working with kids and sharing his knowledge as a public safety advocate to encourage and teach teens to drive safely and responsibly.
Rob is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors and road test specialists. Rob is a retired middle school teacher in Union City School. He spent over 20 years officiating basketball, volleyball, and softball in Hudson County. Rob is a true New York sports fan by rooting for the Yankees, Giants, Knicks, and Rangers.
In his spare time, Rob enjoys spending time with his family, especially his granddaughter. He also likes to go walking with his two therapy dogs Nikki, an Alaskan Husky and Reilly, a Rottweiler. His choice for dinner would be a good steak and potatoes but don’t overcook it.
Rob has lasting memories of seeing the reaction and smiles of students pass their road test with the most difficult examiners!
Paul aka “Zo” is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. Paul has been teaching behind the wheel for 40 years!
Paul is a retired Physical Ed teacher from Bergen Technical High School, and enjoys surfing, wine making, French food and bird watching, when he’s not participating in his favorite sport: karate.
Paul has 2 daughters and his dog Bruno.
Paul’s most rewarding experience was teaching Ryan, a young student, to drive, who then went on to become his protégé at Bergen Tech and a driving instructor himself!
Ryan is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. Ryan is a health, physical education and driver education teacher at Bergen Technical High School, and has been teaching behind the wheel for over 6 years. Ryan is an artist, who enjoys drawing, painting, playing the guitar, working out, running, snowboarding, football, studying history and science and going to concerts! Ryan is currently a football coach for Bergen Tech and has also been a head track coach and girls basketball coach.
A fan of corned beef and steak, Ryan can often be found listening to rock music, especially heavy metal. Ryan is a dog and cat man – so ask him about Trapper and Lucy, if you take a lesson with him. Ryan loves teaching students to drive, he loves to see how excited students are when they have passed their road test!
Anthony C. is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Anthony is a Montclair native who currently lives in Caldwell. When he’s not teaching teens behind-the-wheel, he is a full-time tax accessor.
He’s a smart, creative, and talented person that also has a passion for teaching and working with students. His goal for every child is to become a safe, responsible, and mindful driver.
Nancy is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors and a valued member of the Primo team.
Nancy is a retired teacher, current adjunct professor at Seton Hall University, and field hockey official. Nancy’s patience’s, friendly and gentle nature make it easy and fun learning environment from the beginning to end.
Vincent aka “Vinnie” is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Vinnie is a health and physical education teacher who brings the same admirable work ethic he possesses in the classroom to the car.
Students find Vinny to be outrageously funny and extremely patient. Vinnie has a skill of working with kids of all different learning levels and maintains an outstanding rapport with their families.
Dave is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving Instructors. Dave teaches teens to drive when he’s not keeping the streets safe as a police officer.
Dave is a “gearhead” so he loves anything to do with cars and motorcycles. He’s an avid motorcycle rider and go kart racer. His favorite sport is MotoGP motorcycle racing.
While Dave enjoys all types of foods, his favorite is Italian, and he love’s classic rock.
Dave became a driving instructor because he finds it rewarding to teach a new student to drive that has never been behind the wheel before.
Rob, aka “Sarge”, is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. He has been teaching driver education for a year now, as he’s moved on from a long 23-year career in the home improvement / painting business.
Sarge loves anything to do with cars, he served 18 years in the automotive technician industry prior to starting his contracting business. During his free time, Sarge enjoys fishing, hiking, and camping with his wife.
Another one of our road test specialists, he enjoys seeing a big smile on the students faces after he helped them pass the road test!
Brian, aka “Briz”, has 4 years of driving instruction experience, but is the newest of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructor team.
Brian is a math teacher in Union County, who also tutors and has a real estate license. During his free time, Brian enjoys working out at the gym and finding odd jobs around the house to fix.
Brian’s favorite food is anything Italian. If you like a large variety of music like 90’s, rap, rock, and country, Brian is the instructor for you! Be sure to ask him about Rocco, his Havapoo!
Brian enjoys seeing students faces when they finally receive their permit and are confident in their driving ability.
Marc is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors. He recently was given the nickname “Teach” by one of his students, and well, that just stuck!
Marc loves and lives to drive and fix things, which make him a perfect fit – regardless of the students’ abilities. Marc is comfortable and able to take even the most apprehensive and frightened young drivers and turn them into the excited and capable motorists of the future.
He is more than happy and willing to have extra conversations with the students and parents about their status and progressive driving plans.
Tom C. is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Tom is a Fairfield resident and retired Nutley firefighter. His calm and easy-going personality make it simple for parents and students to take a liking to him.
Tom is extremely punctual and detail oriented, making him the perfect instructor for behind-the-wheel lessons and NJ road test reviews.
Anthony V. is a proud member of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructor team.
Anthony is a veteran teacher in West Orange. In addition to teaching, he is also a football and softball coach.
As a husband and father to two young children, Anthony has a lot of patience and loves working with his students! He’s a truly genuine and good guy that creates positive experience for all new drivers!
Joe C. is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Joe lives in Nutley and is a special education teacher in Belleville. He also serves as the head softball coach at Becton Regional HS.
Joe enjoys coaching, spending time down the shore, watching his NY Giants and his daughter play soccer.
Jason B. is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Jason grew up a country boy in upstate New York, learning to drive everything from garden tractors to heavy equipment. Jason is a hardworking individual in the building management industry and he has coached 16U soccer for several years.
Jason finds it rewarding to work with students that are nervous and help them gain the confidence to be safe and conscious drivers.
Nicole V. is a member of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructor team.
Nicole is a health and physical education teacher at River Dell Middle School in River Edge, and a licensed driving instructor of 5 years.
Nicole coaches track and field, and soccer at the high school level. In addition, Nicole is a fitness “guru” and a licensed fitness trainer. During her spare time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Hazel and spending time with her friends and family.
Andrea is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
Andrea is a new Waldwick resident, former Health and Phys Ed teacher turned guidance counselor in Bergen County.
Andrea displays an outstanding understanding of students. She takes the time to learn each of her students and caters the lesson to their individual needs. During her free time, Andrea enjoys taking her dog on long trail walks.
James S. is one of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructors.
James has been a driving instructor for three years and is a 12-year veteran as a school Social Worker in Little Falls Public Schools.
Jim is a father to three boys and a daughter. Jim has coached several of his children’s teams and know enjoys just watching them take the field. His leisure activities include cooking and going to the gym to lift some weights. He loves being a driving instructor because he meets so many nice people and enjoys being on the road.
Rocco M. is a member of Primo Driving School’s certified driving instructor team.
Rocco M. is a Fairfield resident and Montclair fire fighter. Rocco grew up around the restaurant business and earned the title of “Chef” in the firehouse. His passive and relaxed personality quickly eases students fears and nerves.
Rocco is a big football fan and a passionate fantasy football player. He enjoys spending free time with his family and friends.