Freedom Driving School provides superior driver education to teens and adults in the Greater Puget Sound area with locations serving South Hill, Puyallup, Graham, Frederickson, Spanaway, Lakewood, Tacoma, Dupont and more. We teach Washington State Department of Licensing certified driver's education courses and behind-the-wheel driving lessons at our driving schools in Lakewood, Spanaway, Frederickson, and Puyallup. 

Every parent and experienced driver knows that developing good driving habits and techniques begins with a solid driving education. It lies in how well the driver understands that each and every time he takes the wheel, the greatest challenge is "staying in the moment." Life-threatening distractions range from negative altercations to euphoric good news or simply too much media in the car. Focusing the mind each and every time one gets behind the wheel, putting distractions aside, and preparing oneself for the unexpected, requires maturity and wisdom that often eludes young new drivers.

At Freedom Driving School, our mission is to instill lifelong principles for mindful and safe motoring principles that will guide and influence them throughout their entire driving career.

Our Vehicles

All of our vehicles are American-made late-model Ford Fusion 4 Door sedans, which received a 9.2 out of 10 safety rating from US News and World Report (2015) with great visibility and reliability. All Vehicles are clearly marked as Instructional vehicles and are equipped with a dual braking system. These vehicles either boast an economical 4-cylinder engine or are an efficient hybrid.

Our Instructors

To become a safe driver, you must develop good defensive driving habits. Your instructors at Freedom Driving School are truly safety specialists and will teach you the easiest most up-to-date defensive driving techniques to make driving easy and enjoyable for students of all ages. Our Instructors complete hundreds of hours of training on the latest driving techniques from both Governmental and Private resources. All instructors have completed all State certification tests and are licensed with the State of Washington which includes a complete background check through our state and federal law enforcement agencies.

 Kent Overholt
Kent Overholt
Examiner
Driver Ed Instructor

Michael Monroe

Michael Monroe
Examiner
Driver Ed Instructor

Roberta Booth
Roberta Booth
Examiner

Coming Soon--additional pictures for our other stellar drive instructors!

Tonni Fincham

Amy Geier

Howard Hosley

Kent Overholt

Scott Paterson

Judy Rastelli

Charles Roberts

Kristine Worthy

James Taylor

Bryan Morrow

Vanessa Thompson

Company Overview:

Freedom Driving School provides rigorous, balanced, and intentional driver's education for teen students, adult drivers, and adults relocating from other countries. At FDS we instill life-long skills for safe and mindful driving. We educate drivers on the rules of the road, on how to safely evaluate conditions, and on how to react in a proper manner.

Company History:

Freedom Driving School was founded by a pair of brothers, Anthony Brian Davenport and Dana Davenport in 2013. Together they understood the commitment of the state of Washington to driver's education and that they could contribute to that commitment by providing safety instruction and creating sensible drivers. Their vision was to have a quality level of instruction with inspiring educators and that students who completed their education would be prepared to handle driving situations, safely navigate changing situations and conditions, and contribute to the safety and tranquility of driving on the roads.

Beginning in 2021, Bryon Cancil came on board. FDS is now using the newest edition of AAA software and related curriculum. We have implemented state of the art computer systems. Our diversified staff has grown to over 30 individuals who work as a team, and we continue to grow. Freedom Driving School now has a uniformed fleet of late-model American-made Ford sedans, all boasting either an economical 4-cylinder engine or being a hybrid vehicle.  

We are proud to partner with Driver's Ed Solutions for managing our company operating and student informational systems. FDS also partners with other local and family-owned businesses for vehicle maintenance, safety equipment, printing services, etc. We believe in supporting small business.

Management and Owner Team:

Freedom Driving School Inc.'s ownership is divided among three people: Anthony Brian Davenport, Dana Taylor Davenport, and Bryon Cancil. Freedom Driving School is proudly owned by a retired, Vietnam Veteran.

Anthony Brian Davenport is a retired, Vietnam Veteran. He has many passions in life and is currently a symphony conductor. His great love of classical music can be seen in the education and conducting of young and professional musicians alike.

Dana Taylor Davenport is a chocolatier and returned missionary. One of his many passions in life is baking, his confections are superb as a master chocolatier.

Bryon Cancil stepped in as the General Manager in 2021. He is directly responsible for obtaining new curriculum, updating computer systems, and updating and maintaining the fleet of vehicles. He manages many of the behind-the-scenes operations which keep FDS running day-to-day. He has carefully chosen a team of individuals to be the connection to the community for the driving school. This team is the face of our daily operations. He entrusts the team members to provide strong education and high levels of customer service. Bryon attended Puyallup School District schools and has maintained his level of commitment to serving the community.

Locations and facilities:

Freedom Driving School is fortunate to have five current locations providing driver's education to students. We will have a sixth location soon which is currently under construction.

South Hill: Our Meridian location is conveniently located in a shopping center called Meridian Center located on the corner of Meridian E. and 160th St. E. with easy access from many side roads. Students from Puyallup, South Hill, Graham, Orting, Eatonville, and Bonney Lake attend our classes. At this location we provide in-class instruction, behind-the-wheel instruction, and Washington State Department of Licensing Knowledge and Skills Testing. We also have front office administration to answer questions, enroll students, and take payments.

Frederickson: This is our Canyon Crossing location which is in a shopping center of the same name on the corner of Canyon Road E. and 176th St. E. It shares space with our affiliated franchise H&R Block. During the off-tax-season students from Frederickson, Spanaway, Graham, and South Hill attend in-class instruction here.

Spanaway: This location can be found in Spanaway Village on Pacific Avenue S. Students from Spanaway, Tacoma, and Midland attend our classes. At this location we provide in-class instruction, behind-the-wheel instruction, and Washington State Department of Licensing Knowledge Testing. 

Lakewood: This is our Chambers Creek location which is in a shopping center of the same name on the corner of 87th Ave SW. and Steilacoom Blvd. Students from Lakewood, JBLM, Tacoma, Steilacoom, and University Place attend our classes. At this location we provide in-class instruction, behind-the-wheel instruction, and Washington State Department of Licensing Knowledge and Skills Testing. We also have front office administration to answer questions, enroll students, and take payments.

Dupont: This location can be found on the corner of Center Drive and Wilmington Drive. Students from Dupont, JBLM, and Lacey participate in behind-the-wheel drives at this location. This office shares space with our affiliated franchise H&R Block.

Federal Way: This will be our newest location which is currently under construction and can be found at the Quad Shopping Center on the corner of 1st Ave. S. and 330th St. Students from all over Federal Way will attend our classes. At this location we will work to provide in-class instruction, behind-the-wheel instruction, and Washington State Department of Licensing Knowledge and Skills Testing. We will also have front office administration to answer questions, enroll students, and take payments.

Mission Statement: Instilling life-long skills for safe and mindful driving.