Instructors

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Kathleen Peterson

Owner of Law Dogs

Kathleen has been teaching high school students since 1997. She has a Masters degree in Teacher Leadership, and holds certification in 6-12 grade instruction. Kathleen has been teaching German at Lakeland High School since 2001. Although not directly involved in the instruction portion at Law Dogs, Kathleen spearheaded the state approved curriculum. She oversees lesson planning, and assists the instructors on how to effectively get their information across to the students. Having a veteran high school teacher on staff to assist and advise the direction of the instruction is an in-valuable resource. Kathleen worked with her husband Ty to combine her years of high school teaching techniques, with his law enforcement training and experience, to create the premiere driving academy.

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Ty Peterson

OPS Cop for Classroom and Behind the Wheel Instructor

Ty and his wife Kathleen live and raise their children in the Lakeland Area. Ty has been a certified Police Officer since 1997 – present. Ty is currently employed by a local Sheriff’s Department, as a sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Patrol Division. He holds a B.S. degree in Biology, and a minor in Health Education. Ty is a certified law enforcement instructor and teaches police officers in several disciplines. Ty also teaches police recruits at the college level in Rhinelander. Ty is trained in emergency vehicle operation, and has taught classes on accident investigation. Ty has real life cop experiences and training, along with a passion to teach. When you combine those with a commitment to community, you have an individual who is in place to make our students knowledgeable, safe and responsible drivers.

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Noah Bunt

Instructor

Noah is our Instructor in Hurley, Wi.  Noah has been in law enforcement for 16 years.  He is a Dept. of Justice training officer in Defense and Arrest, as well as a Vehicle Contacts Instructor.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice.  Noah enjoys keeping the the roads and streets of the Northwoods safe by teaching driver education.  

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Steve Pribis

Instructor

Steve has served the Lakeland area for over 30 years. His law enforcement career has taken him in several different directions, and to all four corners of the world. Steve has worked with military and police units overseas while employed as a security force in several foreign countries. He served as a police officer in the Lakeland Area for several years, and then finished his career as the Chief of Police of the Woodruff Police Dept. Steve has patrolled the very streets our students will be learning to drive on. He knows all too well, the driving mistakes teen drivers can make. Steve brings with him the knowledge and experience of a seasoned road cop. He is able to mix his years of police training and experience, with his drive to interact with young student drivers, to provide a safe and comfortable behind the wheel learning environment.

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David Gardner

Instructor

  • Graduate of UWSP- Forestry Management 1995.
  • VCSO Retired as Captain of Operations 2017 after 23 years of service.
  • Instructor for Police Emergency Vehicle Operation.
  • Graduate 2016 UW-Madison Wisconsin Law Enforcement Command College- Wisconsin Certified Public Manager.
  • Graduate 2012 Northwestern University Center For Police Science and recipient of the Franklin Kreml Leadership Award.

Personally I find teaching an awarding profession and look forward to my responsibilities working with LawDogs.

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Matt Coy

Instructor

Matt is from the Lakeland area and has spent the majority of his life in the Northwoods. He is a graduate of Lakeland Union High School. He is a former law enforcement officer and received his credentials from Nicolet Area Technical College and North Central Technical College. Matt works for a Lakeland area school with many years of experience providing our youth with a laid back and enjoyable learning environment. In his spare time Matt enjoys spending time with his family on the pontoon or on an ATV trail.  

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Joe Keller

Instructor

Joe Keller is the classroom and behind the wheel instructor for Forest County. Joe has a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from UW-Eau Claire. He has worked in Law Enforcement for 27 years. Joe has worked for the Forest County sheriff’s office, as well as the WI Dept. of Corrections. Being a life long resident of Forest County, Joe believes in developing a positive connection with the students while teaching them to be safe and responsible drivers.

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Brian Czlapinski

Instructor

Brian joined LawDogs in 2020.  He is currently employed as a full-time law enforcement officer.  Brian has an Associate’s Degree in Police Science.  He began his career in law enforcement in 2000 and has worked as a tribal police officer, deputy sheriff, and police officer.  Brian has been a member of the Special Response Team (SWAT) and Honor Guard.  He takes pride in conducting traffic enforcement and educating drivers on the Rules Of The Road.