Why did the Trinity Driving School stop teaching?
A new school in Hamilton, Ont., has closed its doors after more than three decades of teaching drivers.
It’s a move that’s not without controversy, but it seems to have been the right one.
Trinity Driving School has been open for about 20 years, and its graduates are now in the hands of drivers like the ones who drive in this video.
“We wanted to be a driving school,” says instructor and former instructor Mark Adams.
“We wanted our students to get a taste of that profession, so we could see the real world.”
It’s about having a career and a family.
“Adams is one of the many drivers who drove in the video, which has gone viral on YouTube and has been shared nearly 2.5 million times.
The clip, which also included other driving schools in the city, features Adams talking about driving in Hamilton.”
Adams says it’s rare to see a school close.””
They were understanding.”
Adams says it’s rare to see a school close.
“When you see a closed school like this, it’s a sad, sad day,” he said.
“But at the same time, there’s a reason it’s closed, and it’s for safety.”
Adams and his wife, Sarah, were teaching at Trinity Driving school for about five years before it closed in 2017.
Sarah’s husband is a paramedic and had been working for the Hamilton Fire Department for a few years.
“A lot of people are looking at that and saying, ‘Oh, that’s the end of the road,'” Adams said.
Adams and the other instructors at Trinity were all volunteers.
“They’re all volunteers,” he continued.
“And we were a little bit overwhelmed.”
The family says they never thought they would be working in a private school.
“My dad was the driving school director, and he was a professional and he had a very good job,” Sarah Adams said, adding that they’ve seen a lot of changes in the past year.
“The main thing we want is to be able to continue doing what we love, and continue to have the experience we have here,” Sarah said.
“And we’re happy to have a new experience here, a new family, a great teaching environment, and to have our old school back.”
Adams said the move has been a big help.
“For the past 20 years of teaching, we’ve had to do it in a small space, with only three people, and that’s been really difficult,” he added.
“If it were not for the support of our parents and teachers, we would never have been able to open up to this level of exposure.”
Trinity is not the only school to close.
A year ago, the school closed in Edmonton, after students began to notice signs on their doors.
“That’s the type of work we’re looking for, and we’re getting some really good applicants for that position,” Adams said about the move to the Hamilton area.
“So hopefully we’ll have a better chance of finding a job for those of us that are still teaching.”