About us

Our Mission Statement

    In developing the curriculum for our school, we came up with the slogan “We Teach Beyond the Test”.

    This means we are not your typical driving school that teaches how to drive a straight line to the nearest DMV to pass a cookie cutter test. We take the time to help you understand how and why the vehicle works. We spend time teaching cone patterns and different maneuvers to assist in accident avoidance. We teach proper backing and parking, both parallel and perpendicular. These are areas where the majority of accidents occur. Yes, we also spend time driving on the interstate, highways, downtown Raleigh, and back country roads.

    Thank you for taking the time to research us and we look forward to serving your needs here at Benson Driving School.

Meet the Team

Keith Kitcher

Keith Kitcher

Owner/Instructor

     Hello, my name is Keith Kitcher. I am a happily married God-fearing man that’s been blessed with the most awesome wife and children.

    I was born and raised in California. After high school, I served in the U.S. Navy. In 1995, I followed my childhood dreams and began a career in Law Enforcement. During my career, I have served as a Drug Recognition Expert, K-9 Handler, Drug / Gang Task Force Officer, DUI Task Force Officer, School Resource Officer, and a Field Training Officer (training other police officers). For nine of those years, I served in the Traffic Enforcement Unit.

    During that time, I had a lot of good experiences. How could you not enjoy getting paid to ride a Harley-Davidson all day in the California sun? Unfortunately, I got to see some not so good times. These unfortunate incidences were typically the result of bad driving and poor decision-making.

    It was during these times, I decided that one day I would like to be a driving instructor in an effort to assist people of all ages to become better drivers.

Deana Kitcher

Deana Kitcher

Owner/Instructor

     Hi there, my name is Deana Kitcher. I was born and raised in California, but have traveled across the U.S. multiple times in my life. We’re blessed to have landed in Johnston County! 

I enjoy assisting in the classroom and helping students understand the importance of safety. 

Fred Forthofer

Fred Forthofer

Field Operations/Instructor

My name is Fred Forthofer, I have been teaching people how to drive for many years. I am originally from Ohio, and moved to NC with my 13 brothers and sisters when I was young. I’ve been blessed with an amazing wife and wonderful children.

My background includes many experiences with motor vehicles, including thousands of hours in the repair shop with my dad, a mechanic, and tens of thousands of miles on the road with other jobs. I enjoy teaching teens the ins and outs of situations on the road, and my goal is to make sure they are armed with the tools they need to operate safely.

Joseph Forthofer

Joseph Forthofer

General Manager

Hi! My name is Joseph Forthofer. I’m a native North Carolinian and have spent most of my life right here in Johnston County.

I manage registrations, scheduling appointments, payments, and everything in between. I also assist in the classroom from time to time.

I’ve always been a man with strong beliefs and a desire to know and uphold the truth. I think that common sense and creative thinking can make a positive change in our world, and I hope to be part of that change.

I hope to help everyone I come in contact with in this business, and create good connections with our clients. If you ever have any questions, just give me a call!

Katherine Kitcher

Katherine Kitcher

Chief of Operations

Bio coming soon!

KJ "Deez Nuts" Kitcher

KJ "Deez Nuts" Kitcher

Fleet Manager

Keith Jr. is the nuts and bolts of the Benson Driving School operation, by keeping the growing fleet well-maintained!

Parker Davenport

Office Manager

Bio coming soon!

Sylvia Lee

Sylvia Lee

Instructor

Having grown up in the country, serving as a volunteer EMT-I with Four Oaks Rescue Squad, and being employed with Duke Life Flight on their ground units, I came to Benson Driving School with many years of driving experience ranging anywhere from tractors and four wheelers to personal vehicles and Emergency vehicles! I was also employed as a dispatcher for Johnston County for 18 years, (3 with 911 and 15 with the Sheriffs Office.)

After serving my Community/County in such capacities throughout the years, I know how important it is to instill safe driving practices in our teens and I am honored to be a part of setting that foundation for all the youth I come in contact with through this new venture with Benson Driving School.

Gary Bridges

Gary Bridges

Instructor

Hi! My name is Gary Bridges. I’m a native North Carolinian and have spent most of my life in Johnston County.

I’m a retired Lieutenant with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, and was a volunteer with Clayton Area Fire and Rescue and 50-210 Rescue squad. I’ve been a public servant my entire adult life.

During my career, I’ve had to travel to many unfortunate scenes. As a result, I have a passion for life, and I want everyone to live a long and prosperous life. I have a passion for teaching young adults, and have taught many of them the proper rules of the road.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling and being outdoors. I love to laugh and have fun, and my faith is very important to me.

I hope to guide everyone in the right direction towards a safe driving career.

Deedee McLamb

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Holly Mangum

Holly Mangum

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Frank Williams

Frank Williams

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

Craig Faircloth

Instructor

Hey Hey!  My name is Craig Faircloth. I am very excited to be part of the team at Benson Driving School. I have been a PE teacher for almost 20 years and have coached football, wrestling and softball during that time. I enjoy golfing and cooking in my spare time. I have always enjoyed teaching young adults both in the classroom and on the athletic landscape.  

While navigating the graduated licensing with my two teenage children, I realized being an instructor was something I wanted to do. Teaching young drivers to be safe and responsible has become my passion.  As a public educator, I combine classroom instruction methods, with just the right amount of humor to provide a quality driver education experience. Patience with young drivers is my best attribute.

I look forward to working with new drivers and helping them learn what is best for them!

Kristyn Byers

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

James Pedro

Instructor

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Kathy Wood

Instructor

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The Brunswick County Team

Jeff Carll

Instructor

Bio coming soon!

James Barbour

Instructor

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Ed Palmer

Instructor

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Kim Brown

Instructor

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